About Pediatric Orthotics
Pediatric orthotics are specialized orthotics created for children with deformities, congenital defects, and other injuries. CPO uses state-of-the-art technology to help children by fitting them with pediatric orthotics that provide support, relieve pain, and when necessary, restrict motion in parts of the body. CPO makes sure that children get the best care. Moreover, we have the resources to help see these children through their growth, change of movement, and patterns.
Pediatric orthotics generally last anywhere from one to three years, keeping in mind activity levels and growth patterns. We follow up with you every six months or so as well as make sure that your child is adjusting to their new pediatric orthotics properly.
A cranial re-molding orthotic or helmet is a plastic protective head covering or band that is used to treat plagiocephaly and brachycephaly, two conditions involving the flattening of the head. The cranial remolding helmet is used to remold the head into a symmetrical shape as the baby grows. It allows the flattened areas to round out and prevents the bulging areas from progressing. The helmet or band does not put pressure on your baby’s head but guides the growth to specific areas to improve the head shape. It is very important to start treatment for these conditions early since the growth of the head slows down after the age of one. It is also important for the baby to be screened for other conditions that may have caused the uneven head growth.
Reciprocal Gait Orthosis (RGO)
If your child has been diagnosed with muscular imbalance and/or weakness or paralysis (spinal cord injury, spina bifida, myelomeningocele), they would need a reciprocal gait orthosis. RGO provides support to the hip, knees, and ankles so that you child can stand properly. It provides balance as well as allows for dynamic hip stretching. Our CPO orthotists can evaluate your child’s condition and provide you with the best options. Pediatric RGO comes with growth extensions so that your child can still benefit from the same orthosis when they have grown inches. We also provide customized RGO with different color and joint style options. We will make sure your child has the best care possible so that nothing hinders his/her active life.
Your baby needs a Pavlik harness when they have congenital hip dysplasia or developmental hip dysplasia. A Pavlik harness allows for variable hip flexion and abduction position. Your baby will be able to move without discomfort with the harness. It is available in sizes for 0-9 months of age and is washable. It is also soft so that it does not chafe your baby’s skin or cause skin abrasions. Our CPO experts will take care of your baby right from the initial evaluation to the fitting and even after that to answer your queries and advise you.
Hip Abduction Orthoses
There are two kinds of hip abduction orthoses for children. One is used for babies with congenital hip dysplasia or developmental hip dysplasia; it is designed for babies up to 18 months old by prescription, allowing your baby to move their hips comfortably. We customize hip abduction orthotics according to the needs of your child. Other hip abduction orthotics are required for children for post-operative stabilization of the hip secondary to soft tissue release and osteotomies, hip subluxation, and dislocation. The brace supports your child’s hip so they can move around and flex and rotate the muscles. It comes in different designs and with various joint options. We customize hip abduction orthoses to make sure that your child does not feel uncomfortable wearing it. We take care of the entire process of fitting the orthoses as well as counsel the children when needed.
Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis (KAFO)
A KAFO is needed for your child if they suffer from muscular imbalance and/or weakness, paralysis (spinal cord injury, spina bifida, myelomeningocele), cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or MS (multiple sclerosis). It helps support your child’s spine and restrict motion on occasion. According to the condition, our CPO orthotist will help you go through your options, like hip joints, knee, and ankle joints. We can provide your child with customized knee ankle foot orthosis so that it is comfortable to wear. It also comes in various designs and colors so that kids like what they are wearing. Your child will be in good hands when you come to CPO. Our experienced pediatric orthotists take care of the children from the beginning to the end. We encourage frequent follow ups and help you any way we can.
Denis Browne Splint
A Denis Browne bar or splint is used for correctional methods when your child has conditions like club foot/feet, tibial torsion, or other congenital deformities in the leg. The Denis Browne splint consists of two shoes connected by a bar. It allows your child to kick their legs independently, and so, they can crawl and continue with their active lifestyle. You child would not escape from the orthosis because their feet would be firmly fitted in the shoes and because it would not hinder their movement. Our CPO experts provide you with complete information about the orthosis as well as help with the correct usage of it. The Denis Browne bar allows your child to sleep comfortably, and because of the high mobility of the orthosis, your child can be as active as possible. At CPO, you will find the best orthotic care for your child’s conditions. We provide other pediatric orthoses for several other conditions as well, and our priority is always your child’s well-being.
CPO's Pediatric Orthotic Services
- Cranial-Remolding Helmets
- Pectius Orthotics
- Spinal Orthotics
- Scottish Rite Orthotics
- Reciprocating Gait Orthotics
- Pavlik Harness
- Hip Abduction Orthotics
- Denis Browne Splint
- TAOS (Therapeutic Ambulatory Orthotic System)
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