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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. Documentation by the orthotist and/or prosthetist is part of the patient’s medical record and assists with establishing medical necessity for orthotic and/or prosthetic care.
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. This includes the post-surgical provision of a bone-anchored prosthesis (also known as osseointegration or OI).
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. The orthotist and/or prosthetist certified by ABC is bound by the ABC Code of Professional Responsibility which is enforced by a Professional Discipline program. The certified orthotist/ prosthetist is obligated to support and conform to professional responsibilities that promote and assure the overall welfare of the patient and the integrity of the profession. The time limited certification expires without compliance with requirements of the Recertification program. The practice of an ABC certified orthotist and/or prosthetist includes, but is not limited to:
1) Evaluation of patients with impairment of human movement or musculoskeletal abnormalities that would impede their ability to participate in their social/work environment or other activities in order to determine a functional intervention. Patient assessment may include, but is not limited to, the evaluation and documentation of:
2) Formulation of a treatment plan is based upon a comprehensive assessment to design an intervention to alleviate limitations, improve function and enhance quality of life. Orthotic and prosthetic treatment includes, but is not limited to:
3) Implementation of the orthotic and/or prosthetic treatment plan includes, but is not limited to:
4) Utilization of a follow-up treatment plan that ensures successful orthotic and/or prosthetic outcomes, patient health and quality of life which includes, but is not limited to:
5) Compliance with practice management plans to develop and document policies and procedures to ensure patient protection which includes, but is not limited to:
6) Promotion of professional practice includes, but is not limited to participation in: