Grand Rapids Orthotics Specialists Provide Custom Orthotics to Children
Children with mobility-limiting conditions can greatly benefit from custom orthotics. There are a range of conditions that leave children with impaired body function and limited independent activity including Cerebral Palsy, Mitochondrial disease and Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Grand Rapids orthotics specialists work to provide mobility, reduce pain and avoid deformity with custom orthotic braces.
Some children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) experience difficulty with balance, muscle coordination and moving their limbs. Often a challenge for children with CP is avoiding progressive neuromuscular deformity. Another condition that can contribute to poor growth and weak muscles is Mitochondrial disease, a genetic disorder that impacts roughly one in 3,000 Americans. There are many different types of Mitochondrial disease and symptoms vary. Spinal muscular atrophy (SMH) is another condition that weakens muscles and often causes spinal deformity and forms contractures. Children with SMH experience limited mobility and are at risk of fractures.
How orthotics can help
Each child’s situation is unique and must be properly assessed by medical professionals and the child’s care team. However, typically treatment for children with CP, Mitochondrial diseases and SMH seeks to improve quality of life by assisting physical function.
Often Grand Rapids orthotics specialists recommend a particular orthotic because it can:
Correct misaligned limbs
Prevent spinal deformities
Provide support when children are sitting, standing or exercising
Improve the efficiency of limbs in movement
Orthotics are an important part of treatment for children who have mobile join deformities or conflicting muscle forces. Using a custom-made orthotic will help to gently correct the alignment and keep the limb in the correct position. It can also guard against progressive contractures (when muscles shorten and severely limit flexibility).
For children who cannot stand unassisted, properly fitted orthotics and splints can help to stabilize and support them. They also serve to ensure the alignment of the limbs, hips and spine so that there isn’t undue strain to compound or complicate the child’s physical function.
Orthotics, splints and braces provide external support. Some devices are used for a certain number of hours per day or when the child is sitting, lying prone or assisted to stand or exercise. Gentle stretching of the muscles and moving positions can be enjoyable therapy for the child and help maintain muscle function and bodily alignment. Your Grand Rapids orthotics specialist will work with you and your other medical advisors to create the best care program for your unique circumstances.
Call the Grand Rapids orthotics specialists at Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics or one of our other 21 Michigan locations including Traverse City, Petoskey and Cadillac to schedule a complimentary consultation today