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Brachial Plexus: Orthotic Treatment

The Department of Orthotics and Prosthetics works closely with the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Division of Neurosurgery’s Brachial Plexus Program as well as other rehabilitation professionals to help treat children with congenital or acquired brachial plexus injuries.

The Lurie Children's Difference

Our specialists work within a multidisciplinary team who is uniquely familiar with the needs of those with a brachial plexus injury. We design, fabricate, and fit orthoses (braces) to help patients improve their range of motion, increase strength and function, or promote healing after surgery. In addition to orthotic management, patients also have access to rehabilitation training with our physical therapy and occupational therapy teams.

What to Expect

Patients can schedule an appointment with the orthotics team for a consultation after they’ve received a prescription or referral from a physician. 

Consultation

At the first appointment, our team will ask questions and perform a brief clinical evaluation to assess the functional needs of your child. Once we’ve determined the best device to meet your child’s goals, we’ll contact your insurance provider to determine your coverage and obtain pre-authorization if necessary.

Evaluation

Once coverage is verified and pre-authorization obtained, we’ll schedule a full evaluation with your child. It is here where custom measurements, or a cast will be taken of your child to ensure optimal fit and function of your child’s new device. Most devices are custom made by our team onsite, a process that may take 2-3 weeks.

Pick-up

After the brace is made, patients come in for a fitting to ensure it’s the correct size and comfortable.

Follow-up

Follow-up is an important part of orthotic management. Your child’s brace may need to be periodically checked and adjusted due to growth and/or progress.

Make an Appointment

After receiving a prescription for an orthosis, you can call our office at 312.227.6210 to schedule an appointment with an orthotics specialist. We can provide our services at the following locations:

Philanthropy

Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children's relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org or call 312.227.7500