The CPO Advantage = Best of both worlds
At Vancouver Orthopedic Group we provide both Prosthetic and Orthotic services and treatments and have clinicians that have dual certification in Prosthetics and Orthotics. They are identified with the designation Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist or CPO. CPO’s have a unique perspective with insight into both professions.
Having dual certification allows us to provide a wider scope of practice and treat the entire body for orthopedic or neurological conditions. It is not uncommon for the same individual to require both prosthetic and orthotic treatments. For example, in the case of limb loss due to diabetes, a prosthesis is required and an orthosis might also be required to protect or support the other limb. A dual certified practitioner is able to provide both treatments in a whole body approach.
In other cases limb loss may result in strain or overuse on the sound side limb and bracing or other orthotic treatment may be required. Again, a dual certified CPO is able to provide both treatments and is focused on the entire person.
A prosthetic patient will potentially have a lifelong relationship with their prosthetist. When choosing who you feel will be the best fit for you, it may be important to consider all of your potential needs. A relationship with a CPO will ensure all your needs are met by someone who knows and understands you. Not only is it more convenient to receive all treatments from the same clinician, all aspects of your care, including how different treatments are interrelated, are thoroughly understood.