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Pain and Debilitating Conditions

Orthotics and Prosthetics

Many patients find effective acute and chronic pain relief from a customized rehabilitation program that includes the use of orthotic or prosthetic medical devices which, generally speaking, work to decrease pain and increase stability in an unstable joint. To provide our patients with the most comprehensive pain rehabilitation services, our pain management center applies an interdisciplinary approach. This means that a team – comprised of a pain management physician, an orthotist or prosthetist, and a physical therapist – works together to formulate a customized pain rehabilitation program for each patient with all members in agreement on collective orthotic or prosthetic, functional, and medical goals.

Orthotic Devices for Pain Relief
Orthotics are designed to provide support for damaged joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and bones, and are customized to a patient’s needs and anatomy. An example of an orthotic device is one that fits into shoes for the purpose of shifting a patient’s weight to different parts of the foot to compensate for lost function, prevent injury, help bear weight or relieve pain, as well as provide support.

Prosthetic Devices for Pain Relief
Prosthetics are artificial extensions that replace a missing body part. These mechanical devices are fused with human muscle, skeleton, and nervous systems to assist or enhance motor control lost by trauma, disease, or defect. Perhaps the most common prosthetic device is one used to replace lower and upper extremities after amputation, such as an artificial, robotic arm or leg.

If you experience acute or chronic pain and you are a patient who could benefit from the use of orthotic or prosthetic devices, our pain management center will work with the interdisciplinary rehabilitation professionals in our network to address and solve issues related to fit, function, and comfort. In addition, patients will receive comprehensive training before the orthotic or prosthetic device is implemented and continue thereafter until proper function is achieved. Advanced materials and technologies are enabling many individuals with debilitating pain conditions to find the pain relief they need to return to activities they previously enjoyed. To learn more about pain rehabilitation – or more specifically orthotics and prosthetics – contact our pain management center.