Artificial Limb Designer



Minimum Bachelor?s of Prosthetics and Orthotics (BPO)

Preferably minimum 6 months of internship required

The tasks an Orthotist and Prosthetist is expected to perform include:

Providing care to patients with disabling conditions of limbs, spine, or partial or total absence of limb

Fitting and preparing orthopaedic braces and prosthesis, under direction of and in consultation with physician

Assisting in formulation of specifications for braces and substitutive aids

Examining and evaluating patient's needs in relation to disease and functional loss

Formulating design of orthopaedic brace and prosthesis

Selecting materials, making cast measurements, model modifications and layouts

Performing fitting, including static and dynamic alignments

Evaluating brace and prosthesis on patient and making adjustments to assure fit, function and quality of work

Instructing patients, in use of orthopaedic brace and prosthesis

Maintaining patient records

Supervising other support personnel

Supervising laboratory activities relating to development of orthopaedic braces and prosthesis

Lecturing and demonstrating to colleagues and other professionalson issuesconcerning orthotics and prosthetics

Knowledge of human anatomy

Skilled in designing and fitting orthopaedic braces such as surgical supports and corrective shoes

Skilled in forming treatment plan for the patients

Equipped in dealing with patients with amputated limbs

In-depth knowledge of treating patients with locomotorsdisabilities like Post-Polio Residual Paralysis (PPRP), Hemiplegia, Paraplegia, etc.

Skilled in repositioning the body or provideing relief from discomfort

In-depth knowledge of technical skills, in particular biomechanics, movement analysis, etc.

Equipped in generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs

Ability to determin the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job

Skilled in repairing, rebuilding and modifying prosthetic and orthopaedic appliances

Ability to research new ways to construct and use orthopaedic and prosthetic devices

Familiar with selecting materials and components to be used, based on device design

Equipped to publish research findings or present them at conferences and seminars

Not applicable

Attention to detail

Good communication skills and analytical skills

Decision-making ability





Leadership qualities

Manual dexterity

It is not a desk job

Need to handlea team of medical staff

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available

Work from home option maybe available

Working hours

Hospitals/clinics usually work for 6/7 days a week and 8/10 hours everyday. This may vary from hospital to hospital

Shift system is available Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?This job is suitable for candidates with One Leg (OL) and who have their Hearing Impaired (HH)

This job is notlisted as hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

One may develop occupational hazards such as stress on eyes, mental and physical strain, joint pains, etc., if not taken care of

For freshers -INR15,000 toINR20,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview ofHealthcare Sector in India

According to IBEF, the Indian healthcare industry is growing at a tremendous pace due to its strengthening coverage, services and increasing expenditure by public as well private players. The Indian Healthcare sector grew fromUS$45 billion in 2008 toUS$81 billion in 2014, and is projected to continue its rapid expansion, with an estimated market value of US$ 280 billion by 2020. This, along with the increasing awareness and spending capacity of the Indian middle class,presentshealthcare and medical sectorwitha great boost for the future.

Orthotist and Prosthetist is a good career option as there is a shortage of these professionals not just in India, but around the world. Asthere are not manyresearch institutes in this field, there are great entrepreneurial opportunities as well. The demand for these professionals is very high as people with disabilities are not getting the necessary treatment. With increasing support from the government in the healthcare sector, this profession is set to flourish in coming years.

Government R&D centres

MNC R&D centres

Government hospitals/dispensaries

Private hospitals/clinics

Cities and towns across India

Will be updated

Various private and government institutes across India

Will be updated