Orthotics

Orthotics

Orthotics is a very general term that refers to any device that modifies the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system. Orthotics can be a great option for people who are dealing with injuries, degenerative conditions, and neurological conditions. The basic idea behind orthotics is that the musculoskeletal system is a highly interconnected system, so one small injury can lead to further, more complex issues. 

By locating the problem area and applying a corrective device, healthcare professionals can help patients prevent conditions from developing. While some orthotics are meant to be worn all the time, there are some that can be worn circumstantially. 

Types of Orthotics

There are three main types of orthotics. These include:

  • Upper limb orthoses: This includes wrist, elbow, and shoulder braces designed to limit movement and reduce weight on upper joints due to injuries or conditions, such as arthritis. 
  • Lower limb orthoses: This includes knee, ankle, and foot devices to promote better mechanics and reduce stress on the lower body. 
  • Spinal orthoses: This includes neck or back braces, which can help align the spine and improve posture to reduce pain related to conditions such as herniated disc, or during the postsurgical recovery stage. 

After an evaluation, a healthcare professional will recommend a particular orthotic device that will be most effective for the patient. This evaluation will include fitting and testing to ensure it is right for them. 

How much do orthotics cost?

The price of orthotics can vary greatly depending on the type of device. Factors that can determine price include the material, type, and application of the device. If the orthotic is necessary for recovery, it can potentially be covered by insurance. BEST Health System will connect you with a medical professional that can lead you to find the best path to recovery. Connect with one of our specialists today!

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