Treatment is a continuous process that must adapt to address patient requirements. Treatment involves different methods of care, depending on the stage of the patient’s rehabilitation and his/her health. One of the major implications affecting treatment is the fluctuation in body segment size related to weight gain and weight loss, natural muscle atrophy, growth, pregnancy and illnesses such as diabetes, kidney disease, congestive heart failure, and cancer.
Other changes that have an effect on the proper treatment of a patient includes: the increasing severity of an illness, new illnesses, subsequent surgeries, growth, and/or improvements in function with successful rehabilitation. Consequently, treatment is on-going throughout the patient’s life. There are different methods of providing a patient with prosthetic/orthotic treatment that is appropriate for specific timeframes.