Certified Orthotist CO(c)

The Role of a Certified Orthotist CO(c)

Certified Orthotists CO(c) are recognized health care specialists who treat conditions of the neuro-muscular skeletal systems of the body with custom-made or custom-fit orthoses (braces).

It is important to recognize that the world of orthotics is an unregulated space in Canada (except Quebec). Be aware of inadequately trained individuals providing orthotic treatments. Certified Orthotists are the highest trained and most knowledgeable health professionals in head-to-toe orthotic treatments.

Certified Orthotists work closely with a team of medical professionals that may include your physician, surgeon, physical and occupational therapist to ensure the best results for each individual. Certified Orthotists CO(c) are the only health professionals with extensive training, knowledge and understanding of custom orthoses and braces.

The Certified Orthotist's primary responsibilities are to evaluate, design, fabricate, fit and deliver a supportive brace or orthotic device. They also provide follow-up care once the orthoses have been delivered. All these services help optimize a patient's functional outcome.

A Certified Orthotist CO(c) is ethically bound to treat and provide a patient with the orthotic devices that are appropriate for the patient to achieve independence, safety, comfort and improve function.

Did You Know?

  1. Certified Orthotists CO(c) have been credentialed in Canada for over 50 years.
  2. Only an OPC credentialed orthotist can use the "Certified Orthotist CO(c)" title and acronym.
  3. CO(c) are recognized as authorized providers by most provincial and private health care plans.
  4. Training to become a CO(c) required.
    • A university degree, two years in an accredited post graduate prosthetics and orthotics program, two years of residency under the supervision of a Certified Orthotist, and successful completion of national written and practical credentialing exams.

A Certified Prosthetist Orthotist CPO(c) has completed a residency in each discipline and has passed both national credentialing exams. These professionals are credentialed to treat individuals with prosthetic and/or orthotic needs.

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