Neuromuscular Conditions

The Department of Orthotics and Prosthetics works closely with the Division of Neurology and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Clinic to help children with neurologic conditionss, including:
  • All forms of muscular dystrophy (e.g., congenital, Limb-Girdle, Becker’s, Duchennes)
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Charcot Marie Tooth

We use several different kinds of spinal, upper and lower extremity orthoses to treat these disorders. Learn about our orthoses.

The Lurie Children's Difference

We are integrated into the multidisciplinary MDA Clinic, which allows us to meet with other specialists at the same time and discuss the best treatment options as a group, giving our patients the benefit of several expert opinions. The clinic also allows us to schedule convenient follow-up appointments on days when patients are visiting their neurologists so we can continue to monitor their progress and predict their needs.

What to Expect

We will evaluate patients in the MDA clinic, or they can schedule an appointment with us for an evaluation after they’ve received a physician referral. 

At our first meeting, whether it’s in the clinic or a separate appointment, our team will perform a clinical evaluation and review x-rays, cast the patient’s body or use a  scanner to get the right measurements. 

We’ll use the results of the tests to create the brace. Each brace is custom-made by our team, a process that takes about two weeks. After the brace is made, the patient comes in for a fitting to make sure it’s the correct size and comfortable.

If a brace does not fit properly after the visit, please let us know so we can schedule an appointment and make whatever adjustments are necessary to improve the fit of the orthosis.

Make an Appointment

After receiving a prescription from a physician, you can make an appointment to have your child evaluated by calling our office at 312.227.6210.


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