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4 Health Care Programs in Orthotics 2023

Overview

What is Orthotics?
Orthotics is the branch of medicine that deals with the design, manufacturing, and fitting of orthotic devices. Orthotic devices are used to support, align, prevent, and correct deformities or functional limitations of the skeletal system and joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. These devices are used to restore function and improve quality of life for patients with musculoskeletal disorders.

What jobs can I get in Orthotics?
People who work as orthotists are often involved in the rehabilitation of patients following injury or surgery. They work with other healthcare professionals, such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists, to provide a comprehensive care plan. Orthotics is a growing field, with an increasing demand for qualified orthotists. Jobs are available in both the public and private sector, and there are opportunities to work in both hospital and community settings.

How do I become an orthotist?
To become an orthotist, you’ll need to complete a recognized tertiary qualification in Orthotics. This is typically a four-year bachelor degree, then a postgraduate program, and a one-year residency.

What will I study during my Orthotics degree?
During your Orthotics degree, you’ll study a range of subjects including human anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, gait analysis, and material science.

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