Skills transfer and development
We work in partnership with Walter Sisulu University and the Department of Health to educate and train prospective students and young professionals interested in the field of prosthetics and orthotics. We offer specialised courses in skills development training to anyone interested in how we manufacture and fit orthotics and prostheses. Remember that our courses focus on individualised training for the betterment of each person who chooses to learn more about prosthetic and orthotic development. The core of our services is aimed at environmental sustainability and the accessibility of artificial limbs to amputees in need.
What is in the course material?
- Shop material training in wood, metal and plastic
- Using shop material training when developing prosthetic and orthotic devices
- Manufacturing and fitting prostheses in a laboratory setting
- Mechanical skills training
- Biological study
- Physical sciences
- Psychological training
What is the main difference between prosthetics and orthotics?
Prosthetics is a specialised field concerned with the design, creation and fitting of artificial limbs, whereas orthotics involves the design, fabrication and production of braces to improve gait. A prosthetist/Orthotist works by taking measurements of the residual limb or making a cast of the limb. Then, after selecting appropriate materials, they can create, align and fit the prosthesis or orthosis.
What does prosthetic and orthotic training involve?
A prosthetist/Orthotist is trained in mechanical crafts and maintains good patient relations even in difficult situations. Students are trained to diagnose conditions affecting most amputees' lower extremities. They are also guided in communicating with doctors concerning the treatment of patients, including psychological care provided to trauma victims. We aim to enhance students' knowledge in the field by exposing them to practical, real-life situations. In this way, they can gain further insight into the field.
The primary purpose of tertiary education in prosthetics and orthotics is to broaden minds and combine an understanding of mechanical crafts in relation to human anatomy. Furthermore, we lecture students on the importance of applying scientific knowledge when trying to understand prosthetic and orthotic restoration as well as patient management.
Ludada and Associates work in partnership with the Department of Health and Walter Sisulu University in training students in the fabrication of prostheses and orthoses.
A prosthetist/Orthotist should have a basic understanding of human biology, physiology and biomechanics. Biomechanics ensures an understanding of how to plan, align and fit orthotic braces or prostheses to reduce immobility resulting from a disability.
Training to be a qualified prosthetist/Orthotist takes four years to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, specialising in prosthetics and orthotics at level 8.