4 Reasons You Might Need Pediatric Orthotic Bracing
In many ways kids can be just like tiny adults just waiting for their grown up bodies. You can treat many medical conditions the same in the full size and small size version. Except many conditions that impact the skeletal system and require pediatric orthotic bracing. Take these four conditions that require bracing, for example.
Scoliosis pediatric orthotic bracing
Scoliosis is defined as the unnatural curvature of the spine. Pediatric orthotic bracing is recommended for children who have scoliosis with a curvature of 25 degrees or more. The goal of this type of bracing is to prevent the curvature from worsening as the child continues to grow.
Leg and foot bracing
Many of the youngest patients require leg or foot bracing as they grow. These braces are designed to correct walking patterns that might have developed abnormally, protect muscles and bones, improve mobility or alignment, and even to support achievements and goals targeted through physical therapy work. These leg and foot braces range from simple shoe interest to braces that cover the ankle up to the hip.
Cranial helmets and pediatric orthotic bracing
Irregular shaped heads are common for babies who spend so much of their time sleeping on their back. It’s also sometimes referred to as flat head syndrome. An orthotic known as a cranial remolding orthosis is often used in these situations and can help mod your baby’s head to a normal shape. It’s used during a time when the skull plates are still soft, pliable, and forming.
Bracing to treat hip dysplasia
Hip dysplasia is a medical condition marked by a deformity in the hip joint. Deformations can keep the child’s hip from functioning normally and can cause pain over time if left untreated. Their hip joint could also wear out faster than normal without treatment. Treatment for the conditions can include orthotics and surgery could be required in severe cases.