Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO) Salary
Job Description for Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO)
Certified prosthetists/orthotists (CPOs) are responsible for evaluating the needs for prosthetics in patients who are missing limbs and interacting with patients to gather needs, analyze the situation, request medical studies and blood samples, and explain the process to patients and their families. They may also design and fabricate prosthetic limbs or apparatuses for patients in need of more mobility and comfort.Read More...
CPOs work with other medical specialists to gather data and share their opinions of the best course of action depending on the patient. They must analyze the possibility of restoring limb-functionality and should work well on their own with minimal supervision, but also lead a team to reach patient satisfaction with prosthetics, orthoses, and other devices. They may also assist training for new techniques and equipment knowledge.
CPOs select different materials to fit the devices and measure and align them to ensure comfort and evaluate functionality. They typically work in a medical setting with assistants and use a personal computer to log information and research prosthetics costs, results, and features and must develop strong relationships with case managers and other medical professionals to help individuals regain mobility in their lives. They may recommend different exercises or therapy services and help evaluate patients' pain and loss of body function before implementation of orthoses. They must always follow strict safety regulations to prevent medical malpractice and must be proficient with medical terminology and able to keep a balance when it comes to costs and results. A medical degree with specialized education and certification and prior work experience are required for this position.
Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO) Tasks
- Supervise and train staff who are constructing the appliances.
- Make and modify plaster casts of areas that will be fitted with prosthesis, selecting materials to be used.
- Fit, test and evaluate devices on patients and make adjustments for proper fit, function and comfort.
- Maintain patients' records.
- Repair, rebuild and modify prosthetic and orthopedic appliances.
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Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Certified Prosthetists and Orthotists. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $53K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $66K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $71K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $95K.