Prosthetists and Orthotists

Prosthetists work with patients with limb loss to design and provide prostheses that replicate the structural or functional characteristics of the patient’s absent limb. Similarly, Orthotists work with orthoses that offer physical support, such as braces and splints. Both professions are extensively trained in several fields: mechanics, bio-mechanics, and material science along with anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. Their work enables patients to mobilise, reduce pain and further injury, as well as prevent and facilitate the healing of ulcers.


Prosthetist/Orthotist: Career Casenotes 


Check out all the vitals for a career as a prosthetist/orthotist 

Graphic of a clipboard on background of medical illustrations that reads: Profession: Prosthetist/orthotist Essential Qualifications: Degree or degree apprenticeship in prosthetics and orthotics Frequently works in: Hospitals, health centres, schools Frequently works with: Prosthetic technicians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, doctors nurses Average working hours: 37.5 hours and may include a mix of shifts, such as nights, early starts, evenings and weekends Key skills: Able to work well with their hands, patience, excellent verbal communication, sensitive,