Thank you for visiting the Orthotic section of the Orthotics Prosthetics Canada Website. This area is organized to present general information about orthotics and information to specific key audiences that have questions about orthotics from the respective perspectives.
Research shows that quality of life depends heavily on the quality of mobility. Active people can pursue their career, special interests and contribute to the world around them. An impairment of, or a loss of mobility robs them of those opportunities. An orthosis (brace or splint) when appropriate, may help restore mobility and contribute to improved quality of life.
An orthosis (brace or splint), when appropriate, may save the public healthcare system significant future costs. Timely treatment that preserves or helps regain mobility not only makes sense, it also costs taxpayers and insurers less.
If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact OPC at (416) 623-6687 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Role of a Certified Orthotist CO(c)
Certified Orthotists CO(c) are recognized health care specialists who treat conditions of the neuro-muscular skeletal systems of the body with custom-made or custom-fit orthoses (braces).
It is important to recognize that the world of orthotics is an unregulated space in Canada (except Quebec). Beware of inadequately trained individuals providing orthotic treatments.
Certified Orthotists work closely with a team of medical professionals that may include your physician, surgeon, physical and occupational therapist to ensure the best results for each individual. Certified Orthotists CO(c) are the only health professionals with extensive training, knowledge and understanding of custom orthoses and braces.
The Certified Orthotist’s primary responsibilities are to evaluate, design, fabricate, fit and deliver a supportive brace or orthotic device. They also provide follow-up care once the orthoses have been delivered. All these services help optimize a patient’s functional outcome.
Did You Know?
- Certified Orthotists CO(c) have been credentialed in Canada for over 50 years.
- Only an OPC credentialed orthotist can use the “Certified Orthotist CO(c)” title and acronym.
- CO(c) are recognized as authorized providers by most provincial and private health care plans.
- Training to become a CO(c) requires:
- A university degree, plus
- 2 years in an accredited post graduate prosthetics and orthotics program, plus
- 2 years of residency under the supervision of a Certified Orthotist, and
- Successful completion of national written and practical credentialing exams.
- A Certified Orthotist CO(c) is ethically bound to treat and provide a patient with the orthotic devices that are appropriate for the patient to achieve independence, safety, comfort and improve function.
Certified Orthotists are the highest trained and most knowledgeable health professionals in head-to-toe orthotic treatments.