How to Choose an Orthotics and Prosthetics Supplier

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An injury or illness may cause you to require some kind of support whether it is a prosthetic leg, back brace or other orthotics. Once you go through the necessary treatment, the next priority is to get back on your feet and back to active life as soon as possible. This urgency however doesn’t absolve you of the responsibility to choose the best orthotics provider. You have been through enough already so you want the transition to regular life to be as quick as possible.

There are a few good questions to ask to help you find the perfect supplier.


This is the natural place to start when looking for orthotics and prosthetics. You need a guarantee that your provider is certified, trained and accredited to handle correction or supportive products. Ideally, the professional assessing your mobility needs should also be actively involved in the orthotic making process. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about experience, certification and training.

Manufacturing Time

You need your orthotics as soon as possible so manufacturing time should be high on your priority list of choosing suppliers. You shouldn’t have to wait more than 10 days to get your orthotics. Preferably, the provider should have a lab on site so your products aren’t hauled halfway across the country and back in case any adjustments are required. Many providers who have labs on site are able to assess, make and fit the prosthetic leg all on the same day.

Attention to Detail

Although the main purpose of a back brace for scoliosis is to help you get around, it should also be practical. A supplier who is attentive to details ensures that your back brace is comfortable and doesn’t show under your every-day-clothes. The brace or other corrective device should also fit properly and designed specifically for your body’s type and shape. In short, you should have to trade old discomfort for new discomfort otherwise the corrective device hasn’t served its purpose.

Customer Support

What happens if your orthotics and prosthetics don’t work as well as you had initially thought? A good provider should have an answer. This concern goes back to having a lab on site. In such a case, you can simply visit the suppler and he performs the necessary adjustments, usually in 20-30 minutes. You should have some sort of guarantee that you are taken care of in case the product malfunctions or doesn’t perform as promised initially.


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