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An ABC certified fitter-orthotics is a health care professional who is specifically educated and trained in the provision of certain orthoses. This includes patient evaluation, formulation of a treatment plan, implementation of the treatment plan, continuation of the treatment plan and practice management. An ABC certified fitter-orthotics is competent to practice orthotics within a scope of practice that is specific to fitting certain custom fitted, prefabricated and off-the-shelf orthoses as described below:
*See explanation of unstable spinal condition in the Definitions of Common Terms
The ABC certified fitter-orthotics is bound by the ABC Code of Professional Responsibility which is enforced by a Professional Discipline program. The certified fitter-orthotics 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 the Recertification program. The practice of an ABC certified fitter-orthotics includes, but is not limited to:
1) Evaluation of a patient’s needs for prefabricated orthoses includes, but is not limited to, the evaluation and documentation of the following:
2) Formulation of a treatment plan is based upon an assessment to alleviate limitations and enhance function. The orthotic fitter’s treatment plan includes, but is not limited to:
3) Implementation of the orthotic fitter’s treatment plan includes, but is not limited to:
4) Utilization of a follow-up treatment plan that ensures successful orthotic 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 competency and enhancement of orthotic professional practice to contribute to the profession’s body of knowledge includes, but is not limited to, participation in: