As one of the leading Orthotic and Prosthetic Clinics in Winnipeg, it is our goal to provide personalized care so that your function can be maximized as quickly and comfortably as possible.
Your success is important to us. Anderson Orthopedics has three orthotists on staff who are certified by the Canadian Board of Certified Prosthetists and Orthotists. We also employ five orthotic technicians that fabricate the orthoses on site.
This may be a new experience for you and so it is important that you know what to expect. We will need you to call our offices to schedule an appointment, as we work on appointments only. We require a physician’s referral but by all means call if you have any questions.
When you come to Anderson Orthopedics for your appointment, please bring the following with you:
- Original Prescription
- MHSC Card
- Other Insurance Cards – i.e., Blue Cross
- WCB/MPI Number if Applicable
On your first visit the orthotist looking after you will get to know about your history and expectations. We will assess you and determine an orthotic treatment plan based on your needs and activity level.
After you are assessed, a cast and/or measurements of the affected limb or spine is required. In the case of lower extremity involvement, bring shorts or a gown will be provided for you.
Once we have the shape of your leg, arm, torso, etc. the model is modified. This is a critical process as this allows us to distribute the pressures evenly over the affected limb and move pressures away from sensitive areas. This will maximize comfort. Once the model is complete, the fabrication can take place by our staff of technicians.
Your orthosis may require multiple appointments depending on the complexity of your needs. It is customary for our practice to schedule you for a final assessment appointment once your orthosis is complete, follow-up appointments will be as needed. It is also important to make follow-up appointments with your referring physician so that s/he can monitor your progress and address any potential related issues.
Physiotherapy is an important part of rehab. If you are working with a physiotherapist please continue to do so. They will teach you how to strengthen and maintain range of motion to help you achieve your optimal function.
Follow-up appointments should be considered to check the orthoses mechanical joint function or to simply change the straps. Your limb may change in some shape or functional ability and these changes need to be monitored.