• Question: What is the difference between prosthetics and orthotics?

    Asked by 468esre22 to Dominic on 11 Mar 2016.
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      Dominic Eggbeer answered on 11 Mar 2016:

      The technical definition of a prosthetic is the addition/ application/attachment of an artificial device that replaces a missing body part, which may be lost through trauma, disease, or congenital conditions. Orthotics (to straighten or align) is a specialty within the medical field concerned with the design, manufacture and application of orthoses.