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An orthosis, also called a brace, is an orthopaedic device used to support or correct an injured body part. A splint, an ankle brace or a lumbar corset are examples of orthoses.

Orthoses can be articulated, as in the case of knee braces, or static, such as wrist splints.

As for prostheses, they replace a wounded body part. Examples of prostheses are total hip prostheses (THP) or total knee prostheses (TKP).

Your physiotherapist is qualified to recommend an orthosis following a specific assessment of your muscles, ligaments and joints.

If a prosthesis is an option, your physiotherapist is qualified to refer you to the appropriate specialist, who will assess the need to proceed with the installation of a prosthesis.

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