DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA
29-2091 Orthotists and Prosthetists
Occupational Description:Design, measure, fit, and adapt orthopedic braces, appliances or prostheses, such as limbs or facial parts for patients with disabling conditions.
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Tasks for Orthotists and Prosthetists
- Fits patients for device, using static and dynamic alignments.
- Participates in research to modify design, fit, and function of orthopedic or prosthetic devices.
- Lectures and demonstrates to colleagues and other professionals concerned with orthopedics or prosthetics.
- Supervises laboratory activities or activities of prosthetic assistants and support staff relating to development of orthopedic or prosthetic devices.
- Repairs and maintains orthopedic prosthetic devices, using hand tools.
- Selects materials and components, and makes cast measurements, model modifications, and layouts, using measuring equipment.
- Evaluates device on patient and makes adjustments to assure fit, function, comfort, and quality.
- Instructs patients in use of orthopedic or prosthetic devices.
- Maintains patients' records.
- Examines, measures, and evaluates patients' needs in relation to disease and functional loss.
- Designs orthopedic and prosthetic devices, according to physician's prescription.
- Assists physician in formulating specifications and prescription for orthopedic and/or prosthetic devices.