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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Orthotics

The UC Davis Medical Center Orthotics Workshop provides devices to adult and child inpatients and outpatients.  Conventional prosthetic and orthotic devices may be provided by community prosthetists who attend the amputee and spinal cord injury clinics.  Training in the use and adjustment of of appliances is provided by specially trained therapists.

What is orthosis?

Orthoses are "braces" or supports designed to protect, heal or assist various body parts.  Orthoses are used for a variety of reasons. They are used to alleviate pain, prevent deformities, enhance gait, facilitate activities of daily living, protect insensate limbs, reduce burn deformities, stabilize fractures or other instabilities, and promote osteogenesis.  They can be off-the-shelf items or devices that are custom, molded, designed, and fitted with the patient's individual needs in mind.

Clinic staff

  • Peter Santiago, C.O., C. Ped. (Chief Orthotist)
  • Russell de la Rosa, C.O. (Senior Orthotist)
  • Danny Javar, HLT IV PD
  • Michael Ginzburg, Prosthetist/Orthotist
  • Anthony DeMario, HLT IV

Patients who benefit from orthotic treatment

Almost everyone knows a close friend or family member who has needed an orthosis of some kind.  Athletes use sports braces and supports to prevent injuries or stabilize a past injury.  Expectant mothers sometimes use an abdominal support to reduce back strain.  People with fractures sometimes use an orthosis in place of a cast.  Many people wear shoe inserts to reduce pain in their feet, and diabetics or other patients with insensate limbs wear orthopaedic shoes and inserts to protect their feet from injury.  And people with extensive scarring from burns will wear devices to reduce hypertropic scarring and contractures.  These are just a few examples of the many orthoses we provide and the people who may benefit from orthotic care.

What to expect

Our office staff will take your insurance information and have you fill out any needed paperwork.  Please bring to your appointment your insurance cards and any medical records you may have as well as the prescription from your doctor.

An orthotic staff member will discuss your case with you, evaluate you and probably take a few measurements or a mold for your orthosis.   If your legs are involved, please bring a pair of shorts to your appointment.   If your arms are involved, a short sleeve shirt is best.

Fabrication and fitting time depends on the type of orthosis requested.  Some orthoses you may receive at the time of your initial appointment, while others may require you to return after the time required for fabrication or ordering.

Referral sources

Patients are referred to us by physicians in a variety of specialties including: physical medicine and rehabilitation, orthopedics, vascular, neurology, obstetrics, burns, intensive care medicine and family practice.  We require a prescription from a physician or nurse practitioner for services to be provided.  The prescription can be mailed, faxed or hand delivered to the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department Therapies reception desk in Suite 1100 of the Ellison Ambulatory Care Center.   Authorizations will be obtained if needed and then an appointment will be scheduled.

Internship opportunities

Graduate and undergraduate students are accepted for two month affiliations.  Students may apply or obtain information concerning internships from the Internship and Career Center at (530)752-2823.  As an educational facility we encourage our interns to ask questions and participate in the orthotic process.   It is helpful for interns to have, experience with power equipment (sanders, grinders, band saws, etc.), although this is not required.  With the patients' permission interns will be able to meet patients, watch evaluations and fittings, and participate in the fabrication process.