Orthotics deals specifically with bracing weak or ineffective joints or muscles through the use of an orthosis. An orthosis is designed to support the spine, a weakened or disabled limb, or a limb in post–operative condition. Similarly, pedorthics addresses issues with the foot and ankle.
We often treat people with spinal cord injuries (SCI), stroke, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), spina bifida, and cerebral palsy.
Each patient is evaluated to determine which orthosis, stock or custom, is best. Mary Free Bed Orthotics provides patients with customization, adjustments, and instruction for the orthosis.
Orthotic services at Mary Free Bed include:
Fitting and instruction
Examples of Orthoses
Orthotics Services Explained
To be seen, a patient must first have his or her condition evaluated by a physician who writes a prescription for an orthosis. Walk-in patients are accommodated during normal office hours.
The orthotist completes an evaluation, which includes taking a relevant history, measurements, and an impression, as necessary.
In our extensive lab, Mary Free Bed orthotics technicians prepare the patient’s orthosis through total custom fabrication or revision or adjustment of stock items.
Fitting and Instruction
Mary Free Bed's Orthotics staff evaluates function, fit, and comfort when fitting each patient’s orthosis. Patients are provided with basic instructions on how to use and care for the orthosis. If necessary, a therapist may give additional help and training.
Each individualized orthosis may require adjustments to get the orthosis to fit just right. This process requires teamwork between the patient and orthotist. Adjustments or replacements may be needed as the patient grows, ages, or experiences changes in physical condition or lifestyle.
Off-Site Orthotic Services
Mary Free Bed's Orthotic services are not limited to just the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital campus. Mary Free Bed's Orthotics staff provides 24-hour, on-call staffing for emergency response to area hospitals and emergency rooms, provides services to area nursing homes and schools, and provides care in local physician offices. Mary Free Bed Orthotics also has four satellite locations in Big Rapids, Hastings, Holland, and Muskegon.