Prosthetic and Orthotic Engineering is a medico-engineering profession which deals with physically disabled, crippled and orthopedically handicapped persons.
Their job entails
• Close study of the patients requirements
• An assessment of the muscles involved, flexibility, tone etc
• Preparation of blueprint, model or cast
• Carrying out trials on a specific device before finalization
• Making minor changes, adaptations of shape and size and fit
• Seeking approval by the doctor
• Prosthetic and orthotic technicians assist in the preparation of the devices Materials used for the device may vary - wood, leather, plastics, fiber glass, foam, fabric etc
• Involve themselves in the care of patients with full or partial loss of limbs.
• They design devices such as artificial limbs and braces which are also called prostheses
• Work with patients with limb or spine related disabilities
• They study orthopedics, amputation surgery, post surgical prosthesis, applied mechanics and kinesthesiology
• Design and create custom made braces and other corrective devises known as orthoses
• Orthopaedic centres
• Rehabilitation centres
• Multispeciality Hospitals
• Armed Forces
Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO)
• Std XII
Stream: Science PCM
• Selection Test
Prosthetic & Orthotic Engineer
• Diploma/ Degree
Prosthetic & Orthotic Tech/Engineer*
Prosthetic & Orthotic Tech/Engineer
*Prosthetic & Orthoptic Technicians/ Engineers pursue adiploma course of two year duration or degree course of 4½ years. There is a 6 month practical internship. Selection for the course is through competition.
Many medical colleges conduct courses and practical internship is completed in the teaching hospital. Government of India has, however, also set up a Rehabilitation Council to train paramedical staff and to conduct related activities in rehabilitation.
A prosthetic Engineer earns an average salary of Rs 219563 per year.