Orthotic treatments in Ottawa
Orthotic devices or as they are simply called – orthotics, are a kind of brace that help people align the affected parts of the body. They are much different from prosthetics, which are used to replace a part of the body.
The term orthotic originates from the Greek language and means to straighten or align. Orthotic devices can help people deal with several physical problems like flat feet, back injury, curved backs, etc. There are several different kinds of orthotic devices that help heal problems in various parts of the body.
Orthotic devices are commonly used across the world. The braces are reliable and have a proven record of helping patients with physical or muscle ailments.
The devices have especially gained popularity over the years amongst seniors because of the support it gives their joints during arthritis treatment. Athletes also rely on the devices to reduce pain due to sports injuries.
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Upper limb orthoses are fitted on a patient’s arm to heal structural injuries. It might even be used to improve the functionality of the upper limb after a surgery. Some doctors may suggest the use of orthotics on the upper limb to fix muscular damage and problems too. Patients suffering from arthritis in their elbows are also known to use upper limb orthoses.
Like the upper limb orthoses, a lower limb orthoses is used to improve functionality in the legs or help heal injuries. It is used to help a patient improve their walk and also to reduce pain. Patients who suffer from arthritis also benefit from using an orthotic device because it provides support to the affected area or joint.
Foot orthoses are often worn by athletes to heal foot injuries. This device consists of a specially designed sole, which is to be put at the bottom of the foot. It provides relief to patients suffering from inflammatory problems. Diabetic patients are also known to use foot orthoses because it helps prevent ulcers or blisters on the foot, a common effect of diabetes.
As the name suggests, ankle foot orthoses is a brace specially built for the ankle area. It is usually made of plastic and helps reduce pain arising due to sprains. Some variations of the device can be used to control the knee joint as well; these variations are known as the knee-ankle foot orthosis.
The knee orthosis is specifically designed to help support the knee joint. It is worn to align the knee after an injury or surgery. It also helps to stabilize the knee when a patient suffers from muscular problems. It reduces pressure to the joint, thereby quickening the overall healing process.
Spinal orthoses are braces that help support spinal problems as well as injuries. Abnormal curvatures of the back are sometimes healed with the constant use of spinal orthoses. There are several kinds of spinal orthoses available that deal with different problems related to the neck and spine. Depending on a patient’s requirement, the doctor decides which kind of brace would suit best.