Many of the challenges of wearing prostheses are experienced by wearers of all ages, but children face some unique challenges. The years of experience shared by our prosthetic professionals, however, have prepared them to resolve problems and provide each child with the best possible prostheses, regardless of their age or individual situation.
An initial evaluation will help your pediatric practitioner to select wisely from the numerous componentry options available for both upper and lower limb prostheses. Our practitioners stay abreast of the latest state-of-the-art prosthetic technology and methods in order to ensure their patients a broader range of appropriate choices, since getting the right fit and the correct components will have a huge impact on how comfortably a child uses their prosthesis and seamlessly incorporates it into their daily life.
The challenge of physically, mentally, and socially adjusting to life with a prosthesis begins as soon as the child has received their first device. While children can be very sensitive, they are also very adaptable. Help from our experienced team, working closely with your child’s physicians and therapists, ensures that the adjustment process is as smooth as possible.
Children outgrow their prostheses as quickly as they outgrow their shoes or jeans, so lower extremity devices need to be monitored particularly closely to ensure that no mobility problems arise due to rapid growth spurts in the child’s height. That’s why we schedule regular follow-up visits which give us an opportunity to check your child’s measurements, examine their prosthesis for wear and tear, and provide the needed adjustments to maintain its correct comfortable and functional fit.
Today’s prosthetic options have come a long way from just providing basic support for essential mobility. Now, specialized components enable children to participate in a wide variety of sports. outdoor activities, and other endeavors. As we learn where their interests lie, our team can provide the device that fits them best and lets them enjoy being a kid!