The orthosis/prosthesis you have received may be the first experience you will have ever had with such a medical device. It is extremely important that you follow the specific instructions given to you by the medical professional that is working with you, as well as following the guidelines below.
DO NOT use your orthosis/prosthesis all day on the first day. Unless you are instructed otherwise by your Physician, begin by utilizing a “wear schedule” similar to as follows:
Day 1: 1-2 hours in the AM; 1-2 hours in the PM
Day 2: 2-3 hours in the AM; 2-3 hours in the PM
Day 3: 3-4 hours in the AM; 3-4 hours in the PM
Day 4: 4-5 hours in the AM; 4-5 hours in the PM
Day 5: Wear as able
This is ONLY an example. Use common sense and listen to your body when wearing your device, and increase the frequency and duration of use only as tolerable.
We anticipate that things may change during this break-in period. If at any point during the acclimation process, a question or a problem develops, CONTACT THIS OFFICE IMMEDIATELY. If need be, stop using the device until the problem is resolved. The only silly question is the one you do not ask. Big problems are often little problems left unattended. Most questions can be answered over the phone, but if it is necessary, we will schedule you for an appointment to address any questions or problems, which may arise.