Our Certified Orthotists are trained to evaluate, cast, measure, design and fabricate custom made orthotic devices. We are specialists, and can explain how any device will work to provide improved function and/or pain relief. Orthotic services are covered 100% for residents of Manitoba by the Manitoba Health Services Commission for most items. For items not fully covered, 3rd party insurance agencies may reimburse part or all the cost. Our Orthotists are experts when dealing with any level of Orthotic care including:
Our team will be by your side to help you feel prepared every step of the way through the treatment process. We specialize in working with all ages of individuals from infants to elderly and everyone in between. Whether your orthotic requirements are the result of injury, disease or congenital difficulties, our team is the most prepared to determine your clinical needs and work with you to design the appropriate orthotic treatment.
The treatment process.
Once we get to know you and do a thorough assessment we work together with you to create solutions help you achieve your goals. The treatment that we provide to our patients includes continued care from the first day we meet you which, if necessary, can span a lifetime. The use of outcome measures helps us track your progress over time and helps us quantify the progress you are making.
Typical treatment process includes:
- Initial Assessment / Casting
- Evaluation of Orthosis
Initial Assessment / Casting.
You will meet with an Orthotist who will perform a physical assessment and gather relative information. This information, along with a physician's diagnosis will help us determine an appropriate treatment process. Sometimes it may be helpful to have a family member or friend with you to help in asking/answering questions. A plan will be laid out, and your limb or body segment will be cast and/or measured for your orthosis. A mold is made of your limb or segment of your body in question. Some orthotic devices can be made from tracing, a specific measuring tool, or capturing your shape with a scanner. Outcome measures will be taken at this time to provide us with a baseline of where your abilities lie at this time.
Evaluation of Orthosis.
Today your Orthosis will be assessed. This entails ensuring that it is supporting you properly, there are no areas of peak pressure and it is comfortable. Depending on the complexity of your orthosis, there may be a need to make some further adjustments and require more appointments. Most fabrication services are done on site by our highly trained technicians to ensure quality. Another set of outcome measures are taken to track your progress with the orthosis.
We schedule the first follow-up appointment about one month after you receive your orthosis. Should you have any issues, problems or questions, we ask that you do not hesitate to call us before a follow up is scheduled. Often a minor adjustment can greatly improve your comfort and function of the orthosis. At the follow-up appointment, we monitor your progress and make any necessary changes. These appointments are ongoing, as we continue to provide service to our patients by checking skin, wear and tear of the orthosis and provide supplies as needed.