An orthotic assessment will include an assessment of your general health to ascertain certain information that may be related to your problem. Once this information has been gained, a biomechanical assessment will be carried out.
Your Orthotist will undertake a passive examination of your ranges of motion of the affected area. As part of the assessment you will be requested to have a dynamic assessment. This entails you walking so we can gain a dynamic view of your movements. From this biomechanical assessment we will be able to see what mechanical imbalances you may have and their effects on your walking.
Depending on the outcome of the assessment a prescription will be formulated and discussed with you to ensure your needs are met.
Your Orthosis Fitting
To ensure that the Orthosis is optimal for you, there will be a fitting appointment. This will allow your Orthotist to check the fit of the device and carry out any adjustments that are required. Once the fitting is carried out you will be asked to use the device. This allows your Orthotist to ensure the device is working correctly and also make any final adjustments. You will be given full written instructions on how to use your orthoses.
The fitting of an orthoses is a very personal thing; after all there is only one of you!!
There will also be chance at this appointment to discuss a referral to our physiotherapist to further enhance your treatment if needed.
Your Orthotic Review
At the end of your fitting appointment you will be offered a review appointment. Your Orthotist would like to see you again and make sure your orthoses is working optimally. This may mean that your orthoses needs slight tweaking. You are not charged for this appointment.
Your Physiotherapy appointment
Your physiotherapy will offer you a full assessment to include the treatments of:
- injury rehabilitation
- Persistent pain conditions
- Muscle imbalance and associated postural changes
- Gait re-education
- Nerve pain
- Pain management and coping strategies
- Specific strengthening and training to aid with the provision of orthoses
What to expect from the assessment:
- Detailed discussion of the condition
- Goal setting
- Comprehensive objective assessment
- Individualised treatment plan
What to expect from follow up appointments:
- A number of different treatment options may be applied, depending on the nature of the condition. These could include exercise, soft tissue release, manipulation, taping, neural glides, as well as other modalities.
- Personalised progression towards self management
- Support to achieve the goals set during the initial assessment
Please ensure that you bring appropriate clothing with you to all appointments to aid with on-going assessments of movement and function.
A Combined Appointment
At this appointment you will attend the clinic and be met by both Mark and Kate. This may be an appointment you have requested or an appointment where either Mark or Kate may feel the input from another clinician is required. This appointment has the added advantage from being able to draw on clinical knowledge and experience from two clinical specialists.