In medicine, a prosthesis is an artificial device that replaces a missing body part lost through trauma, disease or congenital conditions. Prosthetic amputee rehabilitation is coordinated by an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals. 5,000-6,000 major limb amputations are performed in the UK each year. Trauma accounts for 57% of these. The type of prostheses needed is designed and assembled according to the patient's appearance and functional needs. It is crucial that the prosthesis is comfortable and can be used to enhance everyday activities.
An orthosis is an externally applied device which is used to control, guide, limit and/or immobilize an extremity, joint or body part for a particular reason. There are currently only around 850 Prosthetists and Orthotists in the UK. Prosthetists and Orthotists play a crucial role in improving and restoring the quality of lifestyle for patients affected by rheumatological, neuromuscular and orthopaedic disorders.
Many of these are lifelong conditions and our Prosthetists and Orthotists work to enable people with disability to have every opportunity to lead active and comfortable lives. They also work within wider rehabilitation services, both private and NHS supporting both inpatient and outpatient needs.
We can refer you to an experienced team of orthotics, who use the latest technology, research and biomechanical assessments to create orthopaedic devices such as knee braces, spinal orthotics, orthopaedic footwear, insoles, sport orthotics and other support products. The Orthotists can treat and provide orthotics to relieve pain for numerous medical conditions, including plantar fasciitis (causes pain under heel), bunions, metatarsalgia (pain under the heads of the metatarsal bones) and rheumatoid arthritis.Go Back
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