Multiple disability

Multiple disability is a term used to refer to a combination of deficiencies and disabilities with diverse causes. One example is a motor deficiency combined with a severe learning disability. Multiple disability can place extreme limitations on independent living and on the individual’s awareness of their environment and ability to express themselves.

Custom-made orthopedic equipment can give children or adults with multiple disability improved levels of motor function, independence or, as minimum, greater comfort on a day-to-day basis and make life easier for their carers (family, medical teams).

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Reasons to choose PROTEOR for orthopedic equipment

PROTEOR has more than 75 years of experience in the field of multiple disability.
Our mission is to work with multidisciplinary medical teams and contribute our technical know-how so that, together, we can construct the best possible equipment-based solutions.

PROTEOR designs, manufactures and delivers 41,500 items of custom-made equipment to its users every year.

All PROTEOR’s orthopedic equipment is made in France.

Our workshops incorporated within the Centers for Orthopedics are equipped with specific resources, use modern technologies and are staffed by local teams trained to listen and respond to your requests.

Whenever necessary, these workshops within the Centers for Orthopedics can ask for assistance from our central manufacturing facility which is capable of producing 10,000 items of equipment a year.

With our network of more than 60 centers for orthopedics across France. We can ensure that the monitoring of your orthopedic therapy is uninterrupted if you move house or encounter problems when away from home.

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PROTEOR designs and develops a wide range of fabrics, straps, transfer papers, and manufacturing materials as well as the thermoplastics used to manufacture and individualize equipment.

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Our team of R&D engineers develop software specifically for orthotists/prosthetists to facilitate and improve the design of our equipment.

On a daily basis, PROTEOR orthotists/prosthetists use:

  • Orten3DCam, acquisition of the user’s body shape, quickly, comfortably and accurately
  • OrtenShape, rectification and design performed using software developed specifically for orthopedics
  • OrtenMake, efficient manufacture of spinal orthoses using our numerical milling machines


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Our equipment solutions

PROTEOR produces a range of orthopedic equipment that lets users with multiple disability preserve an orthopedic posture and maintain a seated, standing or lying position while at the same time ensuring high levels of comfort and preventing pressure sores.

Our equipment is also used to resolve many postural issues for users when they are seated or lying.

Our solutions are exclusively custom-made to accommodate all the specific factors inherent to the individual.

These individualised medical devices are made to comply with a medical prescription and then adjusted and fitted to the user exclusively by a qualified and accredited orthotist.

If you are a healthcare professional and would like more information about multiple disability, download the free Orthopocket app (Google Play or App Store)

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The stages involved in providing orthopedic equipment

PROTEOR orthotists follow their patients from infancy through to adulthood at specialized centers, during multidisciplinary consultations, and in our centers for orthopedics; they always make time to listen to the user and work closely and effectively with the medical team and the user’s family.

Before any production work can begin, the orthotist assesses the user to determine their optimal positioning and analyzes their specific requirements, working closely with the medical and paramedical teams and with everyone involved.

The orthopedic spinal othosis-seat is individualized and adapted to every user by fitting, where necessary, one of the many possible add-ons, such as: fixed or adjustable headrest, footrest, tray, wheelbase.

To facilitate cleaning and looking after the products, the seats and mattresses may be painted with a waterproof product or fitted with a cover.

To make the seat more appealing to users and their carers, and thus to improve its acceptability, we pay particular attention to the appearance and finish of the product. We offer a large selection of colors and decorative designs.

All the equipment of this type is custom-made from a profile of the user’s body shape obtained by molding, digital scanning or creating an impression in a bag of beads.

This stage is generally performed in collaboration with the medical or paramedical teams who look after the user.

The equipment is made-to-measure by Proteor’s manufacturing process that embodies the group’s expertise and know-how.

The user’s 3D shape obtained as described above is corrected electronically by our orthotists using the dedicated OrtenShape rectification and design software, whose development was informed by the experience gained by PROTEOR.

The equipment produced is then fitted and adjusted as required to provide the best possible level of comfort and to satisfy the medical prescription.

The orthotist validates the suitability of the equipment with the medical team.

He or she will then provide the information needed regarding its installation, care and servicing.

The orthotist will regularly check the equipment and may be required to modify it in response to any changes in user morphology, growth, change to the condition, etc.

The components

PROTEOR designs and develops for orthotists a wide range of fabrics, straps, transfer papers and plastic components suitable for the manufacture of the various items of orthopedic equipment.