The Department of Orthotics and Prosthetics works with the Division of Rheumatology, as well as outside providers to help treat children with a range of conditions, including but not limited to:
- Associated leg length discrepancies
- Hypermobility arthralgia
- Joint pain
- Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
The goal of managing these patients is to limit the secondary effects of rheumatological conditions by improving joint alignment and increasing comfort. In many cases our primary goal is to decrease pain. We are committed to giving each patient the most thorough examination possible.
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
Your first visit with your orthotist will likely be at a visit with your rheumatologist. At this visit our specialists will complete an initial evaluation and discuss a treatment plan as it pertains to orthotic management with both you and your doctor. If bracing is recommended, our team will contact your insurance provider with this initial exam information and obtain pre-authorization for the prescribed orthoses.
When pre-authorization is obtained, an evaluation appointment can be scheduled directly with our orthotics and prosthetics department. At the evaluation appointment your orthotist will take a series of measurements and possibly a cast of your child’s affected body part to fabricate or order an orthosis. Turnaround time to receive an orthosis is typically 2-3 weeks.
During the pick-up appointment, the orthotist will instruct you and your child on how to put on the orthoses, discuss wear time, and answer any questions you have.
Follow-up is an important part of successful orthotic management. Your child’s orthoses may need to be periodically checked and adjusted due to growth. Different orthoses have different lifespans and when a new evaluation is required due to growth, new orthoses must first be ordered by the physician.
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:
Download our guides for more information about how to wear and care for orthoses.
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