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Orthotics and Prosthetics


An orthosis is an orthopedic device that supports or corrects the function of a limb or the trunk (it does not replace a missing body part or limb).  The function of an orthosis is to control, guide, limit and/or immobilize a joint or part of the body.An Orthotist is a person who is trained to assess, prescribe, apply and provide education regarding the use and care of an orthosis. Orthotics is a medical specialty dealing with the design, manufacture and application of an orthosis.

Foot orthosis, insoles,
arch supports


Knee-ankle- foot


Spinal Orthosis


A large variety of orthoses are available for each part of the body. A few examples are given below:



A prosthesis or prosthetic limb is an artificial device that replaces a missing body part. There are four main types of artificial limbs depending on what part of the limb is missing. These include the transtibial (below knee), transfemoral(above knee), transradial(below elbow), and transhumeral(above elbow) prostheses. The prosthetic limbs are usually attached to the body using a stump and socket method. More recently, osseointegration,  has been used wherein the prosthesis is directly attached to the bone. An important component of a prosthetic limb is the terminal device (hand or foot) and the joints. In addition to the static prosthetic hand/foot, we now have body controlled and myoelectric prosthesis that can be used to perform activities.

Some of the prosthesis available are

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The Orthotics and Prosthetics Department at SPARSH Hospital is a well equipped and staffed unit. The department has its own Drilling, Buffing, Grinding, Bending and Welding machinery and a high-temperature oven that allows for the fabrication of a wide range of metal and high density plastic orthosis and prosthesis. The department is staffed by two well-trained and experienced Orthotists and Prosthetists, two leather technicians and one tailor. A wide range of orthosis and prosthesis are measured, fabricated and fitted in the department.