Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics : 

The Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics provides Rehabilitation Service to the persons with locomotor disabilities. The disabilities caused by amputation who lost part of their Lower and Upper Limb or due to Poliomyelitis, Cerebral palsy, Congenital skeletal limb deficiencies and spinal cord injury who has week or deformed limb thereby unable to stand and walk properly require Prosthetic and Orthotic aids and appliances. The Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics designs, fabricates and fits latest and light weight Prosthetic and Orthotic appliances to the persons with disabilities utilizing the  material available in the country.

 

Objectives:

To undertake 3 ˝ years Bachelor Degree Course in Prosthetics and Orthotics (BPO) with intake capacity of 15. Conduct short term courses for qualified professionals working in various limb fitting centres in the country.
To evaluate, assess persons with disabilities and design, fabricate and fit suitable and appropriate Prosthetics and Orthotics aids and appliances.
To undertake research for design and development of latest, light weight Prosthetic and Orthotic aids and appliances and other assistive devices for the persons with disabilities.

 

Academic :  

 

The Department of Prosthetic and Orthotics has well equipped Prosthetic and Orthotic practical laboratory, adequate class rooms and experienced teaching faculties. Both Long term and Short term courses are conducted by the department for manpower development.

Long term courses :

 

18 month Prosthetic and Orthotic Technician Course was started in May 1976. This course was converted as Diploma in Prosthetic and Orthotic Engineering (DPOE) in 1987 and was affiliated to State Council of Technical Education, Orissa. DPOE course was converted as a Bachelor Degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics (BPO) of 3 ˝ years from 1998 and affiliated to Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. From 2003 the duration of the course has been increased from 3 ˝ years to 4 ˝ years as per RCI regulations.

 

BPO Course capacity is 15 seat. The minimum educational qualification prescribed for this course is Ten Plus two years with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.

 

Short term courses :

 

The department conducts Short Orientation Courses, Workshops, Seminars etc. for the Professionals working in various Government and Non- Governmental Organisastions in order to augment their knowledge in the latest development in the field of Prosthetics and Orthotics.

 

Fitment of Rehabilitation Aids and Appliances :


 

Physical disabilities restrict the individual to perform activities as a productive member of the Society. The factor influence the productivity of a Person with disabilities due to nature of disabilities which constraint a person’s capacity for self directed purposeful movement. Walking is the most common form of Mobility for Human beings and the mode is walking most desired by the people for movement. The Prosthetic and Orthotic Devices and other rehabilitation aids assist the person with disabilities to achieve a level of performance that at best approaches that of the able bodied person. The department has well equipped Prosthetics and Orthotics Workshop Prosthetic and Orthotic professionals who design, fabricate and fit suitable and appropriate prosthetics and orthotics devices for persons with disabilities.

 

Prosthetic Devices :

 

Lower Limb Prosthesis:

 

Prosthetic Devices (Artificial Limbs) are functional and Cosmetic replacement of the missing part of the amputated limb. The amputee who lost part of his Lower limb can use Artificial limb for walking. The department of Prosthetics and Orthotics fabricate and fit Partial Foot Knee Prosthesis, Symes Prosthesis, Bellow Knee Prosthesis, Through Knee Prosthesis, Above Knee Prosthesis, Hip Disarticulation Prosthesis and Extension Prosthesis and make fitments to PWDs with amputations of different levels.

 

Upper Limb Prosthesis:

 

The Upper Limb Prosthesis are designed and fabricated for Upper Limb Amputees for grasp function and cosmetic appearance. The various types of Upper Limb Prosthesis designed and fabricated by the department are Partial Hand Prosthesis, Carpometacarpal Prosthesis, Wrist Disarticulation Prosthesis, Below Knee Prosthesis, Above Elbow Prosthesis and Shoulder Disarticulation Prosthesis.

 

Orthotic Devices :

 

The Orthotic Devices are generally used for management of various Orthopaedic and Neuromuscular disorders including congenital deformity of lower limb, upper limb and spine. The devices are used for wide spectrum of physical disabilities. They are used to correct the deformity, to maintain the correction and support the unstable part of the body. The various types of Lower Limb Orthosis are Foot Orthosis, Ankle Foot Orthosis, Knee Orthosis, Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis, Hip Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis etc. The types of Upper Limb Orthosis are Wrist Hand Orthosis, Elbow Orthosis etc. Spinal Orthosis like Sacroiliac Belt, Lumbo-Sacral Belt, Lumbo-Sacral Corset are also provided.

 

Extension Services Activities :

 

The Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics actively participates in extension service programme for distribution of Rehabilitation Aids and Appliances.

 

Research & Development :


 

The Department designed and developed light weight low cost Prosthetic and Orthotic Devices and Other Rehabilitation Aids under the Research Project funded by Science and Technology Mission Mode, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India.

 

The Aids and Appliances designed by the department are:

 

·        Modular B.K.Prosthesis
·        Modular A.K.Prosthesis
·        Development of Special Axillary Crutch
·        Other Research Activities: The Instituted has been constantly introducing new methods,
      techniques and modifying existing technology for development of suitable aids & appliances.
      They are :
                   Thermoplastic polypropylene Orthoses.
                       Modular Upper Limb Prostheses.
                        Multi Purpose Orthosis for paralyzed children.

       Low Cost Toilet Attachment to Wheel Chair.

 

Scientific Papers Presented/Published :

Over 25 scientific papers were presented during Annual Conferences of Orthotic and Prosthetic Society of India (OPSI) and the following papers were published.

1.  “Lightweight Prosthesis for Bilateral Below-Elbow Amputees” Prosthetics and Orthotics International (ISPO) 1993; Vol. 17; 126-129.
2. N G Lawrence. “Lawry Rotary Attachment for Paraplegic” Prosthetics and Orthotics International (ISPO) 1981; Vol. 7; 174-175.