Prosthetics, Orthotics and Seating
What we do
Our rehabilitation team offers services for prosthetics and orthotics as well as seating clinics, sometimes referred to as rehabilitation technology. Prosthetic and orthotic devices are manufactured, fitted, modified and repaired at the Dr. L. A. Miller Centre. Our team also customizes seating inserts to meet the needs of our clients.
Our prosthetics team provides artificial limbs for both adult and child amputees at the Dr. L. A. Miller Centre.
Our orthotics team provides supportive bracing for conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, arthritis or diabetic foot conditions. Some of our services include:
- Orthopedic and custom footwear;
- Shoe modifications (e.g. lifts);
- Custom foot orthotics (inserts);
- Off-loading devices for diabetic foot ulcers;
- Custom or off-the-shelf knee and ankle braces;
- Custom or off-the-shelf shoulder, elbow, and wrist braces;
- Back braces; and
- Custom helmets.
Our Adult Postural Seating Clinic offers expert knowledge in seating and mobility. Our team fabricates customized wheelchair seating inserts, and we also customize wheelchairs to meet the needs of our clients.
There is a seating clinic for children at the Janeway Children’s Heath and Rehabilitation Centre.
Cost and funding
Our team provides assessment free of charge, but since the cost of artificial limbs, braces and wheelchair equipment is not covered by the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Care Plan (MCP), these services are provided on a fee-for-service basis.
We can help you find funding sources for your device, including:
- your private insurance;
- the Special Assistance Program (SAP);
- Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) for First Nations and Inuit
- Workplace NL
- Veterans Affairs Canada
- the War Amps; and
- the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Please note that we cannot offer refunds on custom-made devices (braces, prosthesis, etc.). We only accept returns for shoes and off-the-shelf devices within 30 days if they have not been worn or used.
Who we see
We see adults and children, in the Eastern Health region or who are referred to this service from across the province.
Adults are seen at the Dr. L. A. Miller Centre.
Children are seen at the Janeway Children’s Heath and Rehabilitation Centre.
How to access this service
For prosthetics – new amputees are usually assessed by our prosthetics team after their surgery at the Health Sciences Centre or St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital. Current amputees or amputees having surgery outside of St. John’s can be either referred to prosthetics using the referral for prosthetic assessment form (PDF) or the interdisciplinary amputee clinic using the referral to amputee clinic form (PDF), depending on their needs. Completed referral forms should be faxed to 709-777-6725. Questions may be directed to 709-777-6470.
For orthotics – You may be referred by any physician using the referral for pediatric orthotic services form (PDF) for children or the referral for orthotic services form (PDF) for adults. Clients are placed on a waitlist and seen in order of priority. Questions may be directed to 709-777-6470.
For seating clinic – this clinic is available to inpatients within St. John’s city hospitals and to outpatients throughout the province. Clients may be referred by a member of their health-care team. A completed adult postural seating clinic referral form (PDF) should be faxed to 709-777-6470.
Where we are
Prosthetics, Orthotics and Seating Clinic
Dr. L. A. Miller Centre
100 Forest Road,
St. John’s, NL
How to reach us