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Orthotics & Prosthetics Clinic

The Farnum Rehabilitation Center's Orthotics and Prosthetics Clinic was developed to meet the needs of patients requiring a brace or artificial limb. The Clinic's goal is to maximize the quality of life and to help individuals achieve as much independence as possible in a timely and cost effective manner.

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The clinic serves all age groups and a wide variety of neurologic and orthopedic diagnoses.

The Orthotics and Prosthetic Clinic is held weekly. Referrals can be made by physicians, therapists, nurses, other care givers or by self-referral.

The Professional Team Approach

The Farnum Orthotics and Prosthetics Clinic uses the expertise of an interdisciplinary team to successfully meet the bracing and/or artificial limb needs of patients. A physiatrist (a medical doctor who specializes in rehabilitation) directs the clinic and supervises a team which includes a physical therapist, an orthotist, and a prosthetist. An occupational therapist is available if needed.

Upon the patients referral to the clinic, the team thoroughly evaluates his/her medical status, physical abilities and life-style needs. Collaboration and consultation with other health care professionals working with the client are vital parts of the assessment process and allow the team to better meet the needs of those served.

We encourage family members, other caregivers, and health professionals involved in the patient's care to attend the clinic.

Individual Care

Following the assessment, results and treatment options are shared with the patient. Once the patient and team have agreed on the most appropriate method of treatment, a plan is developed. This may include:

  • Back and Neck Braces
  • Arm and Leg Braces
  • Shoe Inserts
  • Any one of a full range of upper and lower extremity prosthetics

Both ready-made and custom orthotics are used depending on the specific needs of each individual. Once a brace or limb has been fabricated, follow-up visits will be scheduled to assure that the device meets the patient's needs and expectations.

Flexible Program Options

Clients may of course use a prosthetist or orthotist of their own choosing. Both the physiatrist, who writes the primary prescription, and the therapist will be available to share relevant information and to provide necessary assistance.

Financial Information

Payments for services, braces, or artificial limbs are covered by many insurance plans. Prior approval may be required in some instances. Please check your individual insurance to see if this applies to you. In addition, payment plans can be arranged for services or devices not covered by your insurance.

For further information or to make a referral, please call the Farnum Rehabilitation Outpatient Department at (603) 354-6630.

Special Accreditation

The Cheshire Medical Center and the Farnum Rehabilitation Center are accredited by the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The Farnum Rehabilitation Center's comprehensive inpatient program is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.