Pediatric Prosthetic & Orthotic Solutions
Children are not little adults. Newborn, infants, young children, pre-teens and teenagers have unique needs and require specialized approach to their orthotic and prosthetic care. Creating pediatric orthotic and prosthetic devices for children is very different than creating the same devices for an adult experiencing a similar condition.
Bionic clinicians are educated and experienced in dealing with these challenges to help your child grow and succeed by combining science with creative and innovative designs. Through collaboration with your child’s pediatrician and physical or occupational therapists, we learn and evaluate your child’s specific needs to discover solutions that will improve their daily lives.
Infants and young children depend on their parents and their prosthetic providers to patiently take care of their needs during these growing years. Limited communication skills, combined with rapid rates of physical growth, mean that pediatric patients require frequent office visits and more careful observation of their progress from month to month.
Prosthetics For Children
Children have proven to be much more adaptable to prosthetics than adults. They are fast learners also. That is why infants born with a missing or partial limb, or children who lose a limb through injury or amputation, should be evaluated by a prosthetist as soon as possible to begin treatment. Starting early will also help give your child time to adjust to and understand their prosthetic, making social interactions with their peers at school and in extracurricular activities much easier. Often it is appropriate for infants and very young children to be fit with a passive prosthesis right away so that the prosthetic limb is incorporated into their developing body image and daily life. Prosthetic patients between the ages of birth and about 18 years will require a new socket and other prosthetic modifications at least once a year and should be evaluated by their clinician every six months, with careful monitoring by a parent or caregiver in between visits.
It is important for children with amputations to be able to enjoy the same activities as able-bodied children without feeling that they cannot perform as well because they are missing a limb. Compared with adult amputees, the number of pediatric amputees is much lower. This has limited the amount of research and prosthetic options available to children. However we are beginning to see more manufacturing companies focusing on developing prostheses that will help pediatric amputees pursue sports and other activities that they enjoy. Specialized activity-specific prosthesis devices can now be custom-fabricated for musical instruments, swimming, basketball, baseball, or fishing etc.
Our full range of prostheses for children include
- Upper Limb Prostheses – passive, body powered, hybrid and myoelectric designs
- Lower Limb Prostheses
- Activity Specific Prosthetic Devices
- Partial Hand and Partial Foot Prostheses
Orthotics For Children
Our specialties and products allow us to care for children from infancy through adulthood with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, scoliosis, plagiocephaly, hip dysplasia, foot drop, club feet, plantar fasciitis, and many other diagnoses. Pediatric orthoses help correct deformities, provide support to the child and helps him or her stand, walk, and play about like every other child.
We also provide preventative sports orthotics for protection during athletic activities and activity-specific prosthetic devices for swimming, basketball, fishing, etc. Each device we produce is custom-designed to help your child stay active and enjoy their daily activities for years to come.
Our full range of orthoses for children include
- Cranial-Remolding Orthoses (Helmets)
- Orthosis for Scoliosis
- Spinal Orthotics for sports injuries
- Reciprocating Gait Orthosis
- All typed of Hip Abduction Orthosis
- Foot Orthotics
- Denis-Brown Splint
Cranial Molding Helmet
The Cranial Molding Helmet treats deformational plagiocephaly, brachycephaly or scaphocephaly in children ages 4 to 12 months. All of our Cranial Molding Helmets are custom-fabricated.
Orthosis for Treating Scoliosis
These orthoses provides biomechanical forces to treat scoliosis, kyphosis or neuromuscular spinal deformities. These devices are custom-fabricated and made from either rigid plastic or a softer flexible material. Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is an abnormal curvature and twisting of the spine that affects children during adolescent growth periods. We offer a range of pediatric scoliosis bracing options to manage and treat AIS, including full time-and night-time options.
Ankle Foot Orthosis
Custom-fabricated AFO encompasses the foot, ankle and calf to treat muscle weakness, contractures or skeletal alignment abnormalities and aid children establish normal patterns of joint and muscle motion.