Whether your child is seen at our home office or in one of our numerous clinic settings, we are there to provide top pediatric orthotic and prosthetic care. Custom fabrications and modifications are done on site, in our own fabrication lab, to increase quality and decrease wait time.
Our team of specialists can build a custom cranial helmet for your child that will help shape flat spots and give it an appealing cosmetic look. Many factors can be associated with cranial asymmetries. Some occur before birth because of limited space in the uterus. These can occur with multiple births, first born, breech births and male babies. Some asymmetries also occur during or after births. They can happen after long labors or from poor muscle tone, spine abnormalities, neck muscle tightness and positioning. Long periods of time in one position can also misshape an infant's head.
Cost and service benefits of using Cook Children's Home Health:
Custom helmet designs
You and your child can select from a wide range of artwork to create your very own theme for a cranial helmet. Many of these designs are patterns that can cover the entire helmet, while some are made to be placed on specific areas.
Learn more about our cranial helmets.
Used for many conditions to provide support to the lower parts of the body. They are named for the joints that the device fits over:
The purpose of each orthotic device depends on the patient and their specific needs, but can be used anywhere from helping reduce or accommodate issues with the muscles, joints tendons or ligaments in the leg, to supporting a patient do simple movements like walking or getting out of bed. These custom braces are usually used long term.
As with the lower extremities, an upper extremity orthosis will focus on the arm, anywhere from the shoulder down to the fingers. They can support or assist in positioning a contracted hand or a fracture while it heals.
Fractures of all types can be managed with a brace: neck, spine or extremities. Types of fracture braces can help your child become functional again like a walking boot, or stabilize a new fracture like a back or neck brace.
The treatment of clubfoot involves several stages of casting that your doctors will begin a few days after birth. An orthosis, or brace, is typically used in the second month to maintain correction of the foot. The braces are special little shoes with an attachment bar to keep the feet turned out all day and night.
A hip brace that is used for hip dysplasia is another brace that is commonly used in newborns. It is a soft harness, called a Pavlik Harness, that keeps the infants’ knees and hips bent in order to keep the hip joint in place.
These are items that patients either won’t have to use for very long, or it is a very common brace that can fit any child easily. It can range from neck braces to walking boots to soft shell helmets for protection.
Directs electrical stimulation to nerves of paralyzed muscles caused by an injury to the spine or head. When the brain cannot transmit a signal all the way to the extremities to work because of a disease process, stroke or spinal cord injury, this device can be used to artificially create the signal for a muscle to fire.
Scoliosis is an “S” shaped bend of the spine greater than 10 degrees. Once a curve gets bigger than 25 degrees, there is a good chance their orthopedic surgeon will prescribe a scoliosis brace, which is designed to prevent the curve from worsening or getting larger. Braces are worn until the patient’s spine is finished growing.
There are two major types of scoliosis bracing:
Spondylolisthesis, a fracture at the very bottom of the spine, is another common back condition that is treated with a brace. The brace is a thin shell that is worn very tight in order to take the pressure off of the injured vertebrae. Typically these braces are worn for three to four months or until their doctor releases them from bracing treatment.
Sports bracing allows a patient who may have previously injured themselves to get back to being active. Knee, ankle and wrist braces are the most common. These braces will give additional support to a joint or other area of the body that had been previously injured to prevent it from getting injured again.
A prosthesis is a device that replaces an arm or a leg after amputation. The goal for a prosthesis is to allow a patient to function easily in their environment after the loss of a limb. Types of prosthesis vary widely, but generally are divided into broad categories:
Inpatient care is also an extremely variable category. It can be anything from a back brace to manage a spine fracture or a custom lower extremity AFO to help a stroke patient learn to walk again. Some patients are unique and may require a completely new idea to help them.
To make a referral to one of our Cook Children's Home Health locations, call 800-747-8242. A representative will assist you.
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