Prosthetics & Orthotics

The multidisciplinary team of the Prosthetics and Orthotics programs provides expertise in the areas of assessment, fabrication, fitting and finishing prostheses and orthoses.


A prosthesis is a device that replaces a missing limb or part of a limb. Children may have lost limbs through injury or were born with a congenital limb loss. Prostheses are also referred to as artificial limbs.


An orthosis is an external support for a joint. Orthoses are also referred to as splints or braces.

Orthoses may be used to:

  • Achieve or maintain good joint alignment
  • Stabilize injured joints and the surrounding tissues to allow for healing
  • Prevent or slow the development of joint contractures or deformities
  • Assist with function, and in some cases,
  • Relieve pain

Children referred to the Prosthetics and Orthotics department will be seen by clinicians who assesses the child’s functional need, typical environments and lifestyle, as well as the child’s preferences when planning for an orthosis or prosthesis. Referrals may also be made to physiotherapy for gait training and postural exercise, and to occupational therapy for training in the use of a myoelectric prosthesis.