What are orthotics?
Orthotics is a very broad term describing any device applied to the body to modify the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system. While many people associate the term with orthotic insoles placed into shoes, orthotics actually constitute a large number of devices and braces that can help improve functioning in the body.
If you’re suffering from chronic pain and limited mobility that is affecting your quality of life, learning more about orthotic devices can help you understand your therapeutic options. For more information or answers to any questions, please feel free to reach out to our team at USA Spine Care.
Who needs orthotics?
Orthotics can be used by people dealing with injuries, degenerative conditions, neurological conditions and for preventative reasons. They can also be prescribed for people recovering from orthopedic surgery. One of the underlying principles behind orthotics is that the musculoskeletal system is highly interconnected, so that a problem in one area can start a chain reaction that impedes overall function and mobility.
By identifying the problem area and applying a corrective device, physicians or other specialists can help patients develop proper posture and biomechanics that can improve functioning and potentially reduce pain. Although some types of orthotics are designed to be worn on a permanent basis, others are temporary measures intended to help an injury heal or a person relearn function.
What types of orthotics are there?
Orthotic devices, or orthoses, can basically be divided into three main categories, including:
- Upper limb orthoses — Including 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 — Including knee, ankle and foot devices to promote better mechanics and reduce stress on the lower body.
- Spinal orthoses — Commonly known as neck or back braces, these devices can help align the spine and improve posture to reduce pain related to conditions such as a herniated disc, or during the postsurgical recovery stage.
After being recommended for a particular type of orthotic device, patients will typically go through an evaluation, fitting and testing process to determine if it would be effective for them.
Cost for orthotics
Due to the wide variety of types, materials and applications, orthotics costs can vary widely from case to case. In some cases, orthotics can be covered by Medicare if they are deemed a medically necessary part of treatment. USA Spine Care works with Medicare, most private health insurances, as well as workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. If you have any questions related to cost and payment, a member of our team will be glad to help.
Conservative treatment at USA Spine Care
To learn more about the use of orthotics during conservative treatment or during postsurgical recovery at USA Spine Care, contact us today. We’ll help you learn more about your potential treatment options at our state-of-the-art facilities.
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