Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Assistive Devices
Orthotics are beneficial because they provide support to a patient with an injury or deformity. These devices are custom-made to fit the patient and are dynamic, meaning they can be changed over time based on patient progress. Adjustments, such as increasing range of motion or decreasing the amount of support provided, can allow us to ease the patient back into their normal routine while decreasing the risk of further injury. Prosthetics can improve the mobility and quality of life of animals who have had limb amputations. Wheelchairs/carts can also be used, both as an assistive aid in recovery and for long-term management of a chronic condition. Other examples of assistive devices are braces, wraps, and splints.