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Specialist Orthotics 

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Orthotics Patient with Physiotherapist and Orthotist

During recent months, like all NHS organisations we have been dealing with the impact of Covid-19.

Please click here to download some top tips which we need you to be aware of when visiting the West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre for an outpatient appointment.

Services we provide

The Regional Specialist Orthotics service provides a specialist service to patients whose needs are physically or technically complex, and a multidisciplinary assessment is required. This usually results in the provision of an orthosis 

The Multidisciplinary Team consists of Orthotists, Physiotherapists a Consultant in Rehabilitation and Nurses.

If you have received an appointment from us you will have been referred to us by your doctor, therapist, specialist nurse or orthotist, or you may have been referred by one of the Specialist Clinics at the West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre which you have attended.

What is an orthosis and what do orthotists do?

An orthosis is a support that corrects or protects part of your body.  Examples are splints, braces orthopaedic footwear etc. An orthotist is a Healthcare Professional who will prescribe and fit your orthosis.

What happens at an assessment appointment?

You will be assessed by the appropriate members of the multidisciplinary team, usually an orthotist and a physiotherapist.

A detailed history and physical examination will take place, and the findings will be discussed with you before treatment goals are agreed. 

It is useful for you to bring shorts to facilitate the assessment process if your problem is with your walking.

It is also useful if you can bring any previous orthoses (splints or braces) and your current walking aid (stick or frame) to the appointment with you.  If your legs tend to swell and you have compression hosiery please wear it to your appointment.

It is really important that you bring someone who knows you well to the appointment if you have communication or memory difficulties. 

What happens after the assessment?

Sometimes your treatment plan will start during the assessment appointment, or other times you will be brought back for measurement or casting appointments, dependant on your needs.
Further appointments will then be needed to fit the appropriate orthosis and then to review and maintain it.

Physiotherapy appointments may be appropriate, before or after the provision of your orthosis to maximize the benefits of it.  These may be provided at the centre or arranged at your local service.
Once your orthosis is working well you may be referred back to your local orthotics service for your ongoing care.

If you are unable to attend your appointment please contact the booking and scheduling department on the number below as soon as possible so that it can be rearranged.

If you fail to attend your appointment or if you cancel several appointments you may be discharged.

Contact Us

Regional Orthotic Service
West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre
91 Oak Tree Lane
Selly Oak
B29 6JA

Tel: 0121 466 3004

Hours of work
8.30am - 4.30pm
Monday to Friday

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