Both orthotics and prosthetics can help restore mobility and function.
Although two separate types of devices, orthotics and prosthetics help patients reach common goals of improved mobility and function, making them a comprehensive aspect of any rehabilitation plan of care. At Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics, we specialize in orthotics and prosthetics and have helped many patients in Winston-Salem, North Carolina regain mobility and move forward after a traumatic injury or illness.
If you are new to the world of orthotics and prosthetics, here is a brief introduction to each:
- Orthotics—Otherwise known as external braces, orthotics require creativity and precision during the design and fabrication process for the best result. Generally speaking, orthotics control weakened or deformed parts of the body, and can be used for both the upper and lower limbs.
- Prosthetics—In comparison, prosthetics are artificial limbs designed to enhance the mobility, function, and lifestyle of a person who has lost a limb. The prosthesis must be the right combination of design, alignment, materials, and construction to best meet the functional needs and requirements of the patient.
We compassionately and carefully fit our patients with orthotics and prosthetics and never rely on a “trial and error” approach. Rather, we work diligently to determine the right solution and adjust accordingly to enhance the level of care we provide.
Our superior reputation precedes us, thanks to our extensive work with hospitals and commitment to putting our patients first. If you would like to work with us, please ask your treating physician or therapist for a referral, and we would be happy to set up an appointment!
FAQS About Orthotics and Prosthetics
Increasing our patients’ mobility and function is our goal at Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics. If you need orthotics or prosthetics after a traumatic injury or illness, we know you will have many questions about what lies ahead. Below, we have answered some of the common questions we get about our office, orthotics, and prosthetics.
What is an orthotic?
Often referred to as external braces, orthotics control weakened or deformed parts of the body. They can be used on both the upper and lower limbs.
What is a prosthetic?
Prosthetics are artificial limbs that enhance the function, mobility, and lifestyle of a person who suffered limb loss. For maximum benefit, these devices must be the right combination of alignment, materials, design, and construction.
How do you fit your patients with these devices?
We carefully assess the unique needs of every patient. From there, we make recommendations, suggest a device, and carefully fit the device, relying on our expansive experience and knowledge of prosthetic and orthotic devices.
Why should I come to your office?
On top of our personalized approach, we care about our patients. We know that suffering limited mobility and function can make life harder than it needs to be, and we are here to ease some of that burden.
How do I make an appointment?
First, ask your treating physician or physical therapist for a referral to our office. Then, once we receive this referral, we will get in touch with you to schedule an assessment and fitting.