Prosthetics and Orthotics is a dynamic and expanding allied health science profession, though separate disciplines, but due to common goal for rehabilitation they are united into one. Prosthetics involves use of artificial limbs (prosthesis) to enhance the function and lifestyle of persons with limb loss. Orthotics involves precision and creativity in the design and fabrication of external braces (orthosis) to control weakened or deformed regions of the body of a physically impaired person.
The services includes enhancing upper limb functions such as standing, walking, shock absorption, energy storage and return, cosmetic appearance, reaching and grasping, hammering, painting, weight lifting and activities of daily living through different types of orthosis. Other services includes, pressure garments, finger, eye and ear prosthesis and all types of orthosis for person with physical impairment/disability.
Government Prosthetics & Orthotics College is first of its kind in Gujarat and one of the eleven such colleges in the country. It was started in the year 2005 with intake capacity of 10 students. The eligibility criterion for admission is 12th Science stream pass outs for this 4 & 1/2 years degree graduation course. Till current year, 40 students from Gujarat and other states have received Bachelor degree in Prosthetics & Orthotics.