Pediatric Solutions

Pediatric Prosthetics

We at Barkley Oates Inc. understand a child’s limb deficiency or difference can be overwhelming, no matter the cause. Parents ask themselves if their child will ever be independent, succeed in school, play sports, participate in everyday activities.

These are very real concerns parents have and are completely justifiable for anyone going through such an emotional experience. Parents can rest assured knowing that there are prosthetic solutions designed specifically to help children adapt to new and changing environments, gain independence, self confidence, restore function and mobility, so they can live a full life, creating there own path forward. Infants who are born with a missing or partial limb, children who lose a limb through injury and amputation, should be evaluated by a multidisciplinary team as soon as possible. 

It is appropriate for infants and very young children to be fitted with a prosthesis at the earliest appropriate opportunity so the prosthetic device is incorporated into their body image and daily life. This will also help children socially as they begin interacting with other children. 

Rapid physical growth combined with limited communication skills mean that the child will require more frequent visits to the Prosthetist and also more careful management of their progress.

From birth to the age of 18 years the child will require a new socket and other prosthetic modifications at least once a year, thus children should be evaluated by their Prosthetist every 3 months to 6 months, with careful monitoring by a parent or guardian in between visits. Any time longer than 6 months could result in unwanted complications.

For a child to learn to wear the prosthetic device consistently, a routine must be created. It is important that the child likes the prosthesis and they want to wear it, not because the parents make the child wear the device. It is of utmost importance to work with a physical therapist, occupational therapist or both (depending on the child’s needs will determine which one) who specializes in Pediatric development. Consult the Prosthetist for their recommendation of an experienced therapist.

Pediatric Orthotics

We at Barkley Oates Inc. know that caring for children is vastly different from treating adults. We have a orthotic team devoted to treating patients ranging from infants to adolescents. Our team at Barkley Oates will offer a full-range of rehabilitation products and services, including​ custom solutions for conditions such as plagiocephaly, scoliosis and cerebral palsy and many more conditions.

Each child’s needs are unique, therefore we have established a multidisciplinary approach to pediatric bracing. each and every child that enters the practice will receive individual attention and high-quality, outcomes-based care from infancy through adulthood.

As children grow, the child will require a new or modifications to the current orthotic at least once a year,thus children should be evaluated by their Orthotist every 3 months at least and every 6 months at most, with careful monitoring by a parent or guardian in between visits. Any time longer than 6 months could result in unwanted complications.

Barkley Oates Inc. offers mobility solutions from head to toe, addressing the head, neck, spine, lower limbs and upper limbs with pediatric orthotics. Some conditions we regularly see are as follows;

Cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular conditions are complex. Our multidisciplinary team will address each child’s requirements and set appropriate treatment goals. We offer a range of mobility solutions for children with all degrees of severity, covering the full range of assistive devices and orthotics.

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is an abnormal curvature and twisting of the spine that affects children during adolescent growth periods (Occurs predominantly in adolescent females) . A range of pediatric scoliosis bracing and other scoliosis bracing options are available to manage and treat AIS too the age of 17 years,(After the age of 17 the Risser scale will be determined to check skeletal maturity), including full time-and night-time options, as part of the program. Also refer too orthotics under services for more info.

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