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Practitioner Candidate Guide

September 2022

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Scope of Practice

An ABC certified orthotist and/or prosthetist is a health care professional who is specifically educated and trained to manage comprehensive orthotic and/or prosthetic patient care. This includes patient evaluation, formulation of a treatment plan, implementation of the treatment plan, continuation of the treatment plan and practice management.

 

Orthotic care includes patient evaluation and the design, fabrication, fitting, modification, maintenance and repair of orthoses to treat a neuromusculoskeletal disorder or acquired condition. This also includes the provision of partial foot prostheses for transmetatarsal and distal amputations.

 

Prosthetic care includes patient evaluation and the design, fabrication, fitting, modification, maintenance and repair of prostheses to restore physiological function and/or cosmesis.

Orthotic and/or prosthetic care does not include independent provision of invasive procedures, including, but not limited to, injections and initial application or replacement of skull pins.