Rheumatoid​ Conditions

The Department of Orthotics and Prosthetics works with other hospital divisions such as the Institute for Sports Medicine, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Division of Rheumatology, as well as outside providers to help treat children with a range of conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Juvenile rheumatoid  arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Joint pain
  • Hypermobility arthralgia 

We fit our patients with the proper orthoses to limit the secondary effects of these conditions by improving joint alignment. In many cases our primary goal is to decrease pain.

The Lurie Children's Difference

We’re committed to giving each patient the most thorough examination possible, so we’ve structured our program to include multispecialty visits. This means that if a patient’s physician identifies the need for an orthosis during a patient’s visit, one of our on-call orthotists will join the appointment as soon as possible.

The physician and orthotist will then discuss the patient’s condition and history to decide upon the best treatment plan. This is also an opportunity for the parents to join the discussion and weigh in on their child’s needs, treatment goals and timelines.

What to Expect

Patients may be seen by one of our orthotists during a visit with their specialty physician. If the physician believes an orthosis would be beneficial to the child’s health, the physician and orthotists will discuss the condition and potential treatment benefits with the child and their parents

Orthotic evaluation may occur during the specialty clinic or scheduled for a later date by calling our office at 312.227.6210.

A follow-up appointment usually occurs within three to six months and may coincide with the specialty physician visit. The frequency of follow-up appointments is based on each child’s specific needs.

Patients may also be referred to our program from physicians outside the hospital once they’ve been given a prescription. 

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment to have your child fitted for an orthosis, call our office at 312.227.6210.

Learn More

Download our guides for more information about how to wear and care for orthoses.


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