Designs, measures, fits, and adapts orthopedic braces, appliances or prostheses, such as limbs or facial parts for patients with disabling conditions.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Examines, interviews, and measures patients to determine their appliance needs and to identify factors that could affect appliance fit.
- Constructs and fabricates appliances or supervises others constructing the appliances.
- Fits, tests, and evaluates devices on patients, and makes adjustments for proper fit, function, and comfort.
- Repairs, rebuilds, and modifies prosthetic and orthopedic appliances.
- Makes and modifies plaster casts of areas that will be fitted with prostheses or orthoses, for use in the device construction process.
- Selects materials and components to be used, based on device design.
- Shows and explains orthopedic and prosthetic appliances to healthcare workers.
- Updates skills and knowledge by attending conferences and seminars.
- Instructs patients in the use and care of orthoses and prostheses.
- Confers with physicians to formulate specifications and prescriptions for orthopedic or prosthetic devices.
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