Orthotics is the clinical science involved in the assessment, prescription, application and education of an appropriate orthosis for a client. An orthosis is the true term for a brace, calliper or appliance that is designed and fitting to the body to achieve one or more of the following goals:
Commonly prescribed orthoses include:
There are also a wide variety of prefabricated and custom made orthoses used for many musculoskeletal and neurological diseases. A recent technological advancement in the field of orthotics is Stance Control.
Stance control is a family of knee joints that are incorporated into a full leg brace. It provides knee and hip stability for clients who are unstable or falling as a result of weakened lower limb muscles.