Orthotics are devices used to brace and support a body part. They are prescribed by a doctor to help aid in healing, stabilizing an anatomical joint, reducing pain and much more.
At NovaCare Prosthetics & Orthotics, our team of orthotists work with you to find the right device best suited for your needs.
You depend on your hands and arms for daily activities and self-care. Our orthotics focus on many areas of your body including fingers, hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders.
We offer options to help treat many conditions, including carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, arthritis, nerve injuries and surgical repair.
The different types of upper extremity orthotics we provide include:
- Finger bracing
- Wrist-hand-finger orthosis (WHFO) – Used to prevent loss of range of motion or contracture at the wrist and fingers. Can be static or incorporate a joint for progressive stretching.
- Wrist-hand orthosis (WHO) – A brace that encompasses the forearm and the palm. Primarily used to support weak muscles and/or immobilize or limit the motion of the wrist while allowing the fingers to move.
- Elbow orthosis (EO) – A custom-molded or prefabricated plastic shell that provides support and corrections to the elbow. May have joints that can be changed in order to increase or decrease motion of the elbow following surgery or during rehabilitation.
- Shoulder orthosis (SO) – A brace that is designed to support the shoulder and speed up the recovery process after injury or surgery.
Improper alignment, nerve damage and neurological conditions may hinder your ability to walk and move around due to instability or improper placement of the foot and ankle. This can increase the risk of falls and injury.
Our orthotists focus on many areas of your body including feet, ankles, knees and hips to help provide stability and independence within your daily life.
The different types of lower extremity orthotics we provide include:
- Foot orthotics (FO) – Specially-designed shoe inserts that help support the feet and improve foot posture.
- Ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) – A support intended to control the position and motion of the ankle, compensate for weakness, or correct deformities. Can be used to support weak limbs or position a limb with contracted muscles into a more normal position.
- Knee orthosis (KO) – A brace that supports and protects an injured or surgically repaired knee joint. Can also be used to prevent knee injuries during sports.
- Knee-ankle-foot orthosis (KAFO) – An entire leg brace customized to the specific needs of an individual. It spans the length of the knee, ankle and foot in an effort to support the muscles, stabilize the joints and assist safe ambulation.
- Hip orthosis (HO) – A brace used to prevent the hip from moving into incorrect alignment.