Definitions for "Orthotics"
A term derived from the Greek ortho (straight, normal) and tics (a systematic pursuit). Literally, orthotics is the systematic pursuit of straightening or correcting limbs or the spine. Orthotics then is the systematic pursuit of straightening or correcting by applying to the body exoskeletal devices that limit or assist motion of any given segment of the human body. Limitation may mean anything from zero degrees (immobilization) to anything less than the normal range of motion, whereas assistance of motion may be throughout the normal range or through any specified range of motion. Such exoskeletal devices are usually recommended for patients with neuromuscular or skeletal disorders. Orthotist A specialist in designing, fitting and fabricating orthopedic braces and support systems.
These include any appliance needed by a patient because of any disability, weakness or loss of function. Another name for them is "durable medical equipment."
Devices used to immobilize or support a part of the body in order to prevent deformity or to assist with function.
The profession of providing orthotic services.
Lightweight devices made of plastic, leather, or metal which provide stability at the joints or passively stretch the muscles.