- Certified Orthotists require a prescription/referral from an authorized medical professional to provide orthotic treatments:
The prescription is necessary to support the medical necessity for orthotic treatment. Critically important is the independence of the prescriber from the provider. Certified Orthotists do not prescribe, they are providers. Patients and payers have added protection when dealing with Certified Orthotists knowing that an independent medical professional recommends orthotic treatment for the presenting medical condition.
- Assessment and Patient Evaluation:
A thorough clinical assessment and patient evaluation is completed using standardized tests and analyses and by collecting patient-specific characteristics that will be used to determine the appropriate prosthetic/orthotic treatment.
- Treatment Planning:
The Certified Practitioner analyzes, evaluates and integrates information gathered in the Patient Assessment & Evaluation. Using this information a prosthetic/orthotic treatment is developed which may include the provision of a new prosthesis/orthosis, restoration/improvement of function in current prosthesis/orthosis, or referral to other health care professionals.
- Measure, Design & Fabrication:
Certified Orthotists take 3D measurements/casts of patients and have the skills and equipment within the clinic to design and manufacture custom made orthoses. They can make adjustments and alterations in-house to ensure optimum fit and function.
- Treatment Implementation and Evaluation:
Using relevant clinical and technical skills, the Certified Practitioner provides the patient with the prosthetic/orthotic treatment that may include the provision of a new prosthesis/orthosis, restoration/improvement of function in current prosthesis/orthosis, or referral to other health care professionals. Fit and function are assessed, and adjustments made in-house if necessary. Education is provided to the patient on use and care.
- Ongoing Treatment and Re-evaluation:
Review prosthetic/orthotic treatment with patient subsequent to original care. Provide additional treatment to adjust, optimize or restore function of the prosthesis/orthosis, and re-educate patient as necessary. Refer to or consult with other health care professionals, as necessary.
- Professional Practice: Practice in accordance with professional standards and legal requirements; participate in personal and professional development through continuing education, training, research, and organizational affiliations; and provide training and education to others.