Orthotics is the application of medical devices (orthoses) that serve to support or correct the function of limbs or the torso and improve the movement of joints or the spine. Patients with a sustained physical impairment resulting from trauma or lingering pain conditions that have gone untreated and become a chronic condition may be candidates for orthotics. Orthoses are most commonly applied to the foot when a patient’s body works to counteract pain, resulting in a change in gait. This unnatural change in movement can cause further complications such as knee, hip, and back pain. The orthoses are designed to treat common foot injuries including contractures, foot drop, heal pressure, sores, ankle sprains, stress fractures, and more.
Orthotics may also be used to treat any number of areas affected with acute or chronic pain, including:
- Hands and Arms. Orthoses provide positioning correction for a variety of wrist, hand, and finger injuries or elbow instability, stiffness in the joints, and post elbow injury.
- Leg. A variety of orthoses may be used to treat instability, joint stiffness, post knee injury, or repairs.
- Hip. Designed to provide support during gait training or for patients with limited ambulation.
- Torso and Back. Orthoses may treat anything from low back pain and sprains to degenerative disc disease, degenerative joint disease, and arthritis.
If you or a loved one is suffering from limited mobility of limbs or torso resulting from acute or chronic pain, schedule a consultation with Regional Pain Institute to discover how our alternative pain management treatment can help you get back to a normal quality of life.