A prosthesis is an artificial device that replaces a missing body part that may have been lost from trauma or disease. Its intent is to minimize disability that arises from the missing body part.
An orthosis is added to the body to stabilize or immobilize a body part, prevent deformity, protect against injury or assist with function.
Assistive devices increase the worker’s ability to carry out activities of daily living and improve independence. Examples of assistive devices include wheelchairs, modified work tools and adaptive technology components.
Under certain circumstances, WorkSafeNB covers the cost of prostheses, orthoses and assistive devices.