Prosthetic and Orthotic Market and its Growth in Bangladesh

The growth of artificial limbs on the global market is on the rise and Bangladesh is no exception to it.
Two of such artificial limbs that have massive demand in the Bangladeshi medical equipment market are
prosthetic and orthotic. As we already know, physical injuries or trauma are common happenings in a
country like Bangladesh.
Every day scores of people are suffering from injuries due to motor vehicle accidents, industrial
accidents, factory blast, street confrontation, etc. The aftermath of these types of injuries result in
severity oftentimes, leading to complete or partial limb malfunctioning. This is where the need and
utility of prosthetic and orthotic come into play.
Before I shed light on the growth of prosthetic and orthotic market, it’s salient to understand the
concept of prosthetic and orthotic

Prosthetic Explained:
Prosthetic is an artificial limb dedicated to replace an injured body part in order to make that injured
part work better. With the use of prosthetics, physically handicapped people get the opportunity to
relive themselves and get a ray of hope of leading a normal life.
Examples: Artificial hand, artificial leg, artificial breast, denture, etc.

Orthotic Explained:
Orthotic differs from prosthetic both appearance-wise and function-wise. It’s basically a support or
brace to align or correct movable functions of different body parts. Unlike prosthetic, it helps to support
an injured part of the body in order to fix it over time.
Examples: Arm sling, splint, brace, shoe insert, etc.
Growth of Prosthetic and Orthotic Market in Bangladesh:
From the above points, it’s pretty clear that prosthetics and orthotics encompass tons of wearable
devices to help traumatized people believe in themselves and move forward. Bangladesh has seen a
recent surge in the demand for both prosthetics and orthotics.
Deformed and disabled people have shown enormous interest for these devices. This has pushed and
prompted many of the medical device manufacturers to emphasize and produce these devices. One of
the mention-worthy companies manufacturing prostheses and orthoses is Easy Life. They not only
manufacture prosthetics and orthotics but also provide fitting service.
Apart from this, there are 2 other organizations, namely CRP (Center for Rehabilitation of Paralyzed) and
Dynamic Limb BD that are involved with prosthetic and orthotic businesses. The former has a prosthetic
and orthotic department dealing with the production of custom-made prostheses and orthoses for
different types of disabilities.
The latter is known for manufacturing lower limb and upper limb orthoses, surgical shoes & offloading
shoes, splints, braces, wheelchairs, and so on. All these 3 companies are making huge contribution in
this field of prosthetics and orthotics. In return, they are also generating considerable annual revenue,
contributing to the economy of Bangladesh.
What Prompts Bangladeshi Disabled People to Go for Prostheses and Orthoses?
There a number of reasons nudging physical handicapped people to make use of this advanced
technology of artificial limbs or organs. Let me list out some of the core reasons-
 Expectation of healthy and better life
 To keep all the body parts in continuous functioning
 The mindset of always being self-dependent
 Avoiding to become burden on others
 Carrying out family responsibilities to a greater extent
Wrapping up:
Every human being aspires for a happy, serene, and joyful life with no hurdles in life. But life is uncertain
and any time, anyone can encounter unexpected tragedy in life. And one of such tragedies is physical
disability due to birth defect or other mishaps.
But that’s imply their lives have ended or stalled. They can still lead lives of happiness and jubilation.
This is where using prosthetics and orthotics come to the rescue. Like the other advanced countries,
Bangladesh, unsurprisingly, is cashing in on the benefits of artificial organs.
The only drawback and challenge comes for the people of this developing country is the cost of these
devices. Due to the high price of these devices, many disabled people can’t afford to buy these. Hence, if
the economic aspect of these devices is kept within budget, not only will it benefit the nation
immensely, but also the growth will be paramount.