Treatment Orthotic & Brace Fittings
Orthotics and braces are devices used to support, align, prevent, or correct the function of movable parts of the body, such as joints, bones, and muscles. They can be used to treat various conditions, such as foot and ankle problems, back pain, and arthritis.
A physiotherapist can help with fittings by evaluating the patient's condition and making recommendations for the type of orthotic or brace that would be most appropriate. They may also take measurements, perform tests to assess joint and muscle function, and make any necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable and proper fit. Additionally, they can educate patients on the proper use and care of the device and monitor its effectiveness in managing symptoms over time.
Types of Orthotics and Braces
- Foot orthotics: designed to correct foot problems such as flat feet, high arches, and overpronation.
- Ankle braces: used to stabilize the ankle and prevent injury during physical activity.
- Thigh and knee braces: used to support the thigh and knee and treat conditions such as knee osteoarthritis and patellofemoral pain syndrome. It can be used to support the knee and protect it from further injury.
- Back braces: used to support the lower back and alleviate pain associated with conditions such as herniated discs and scoliosis.
- Wrist and hand orthotics: used to support the wrist and hand and treat conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and wrist fractures.
- Shoulder braces: used to support the shoulder joint and prevent further injury, particularly after a rotator cuff injury or surgery. It can also be used post fracture or for shoulder impingement syndrome.
- Elbow braces: used to support the elbow joint and treat conditions such as tennis elbow and golfer's elbow.
- Hip braces: used to support the hip joint and alleviate pain associated with conditions such as hip dysplasia and arthritis.
- Neck braces: used to support the neck and treat conditions such as cervical spondylosis and whiplash.