Orthotics and Prosthetics is a referral-based service, which includes a client-centered evaluation to determine the individual's needs.
Many disorders and conditions are treated in the Orthotics and Prosthetics Department at Arkansas Children's.
At Arkansas Children’s Orthotic and Prosthetic Department, we are a team of highly trained, educated and compassionate orthotists (brace designers), prosthetists (artificial arm and leg designers) and technicians. We dedicate our work to helping children ranging from newborns to young adults achieve their own level of success with the family’s support.
Your child's individual needs may be met with a pre-fabricated orthosis sized to fit. Many patients require an orthosis to be custom made for their specific condition. By using art, science, and technology, we can design and create tools (braces, arms or legs) unique to your child that will make life’s challenges a little easier. We love what we do and we cannot thank you enough for trusting us with your care.
An orthotist is a health professional, specifically trained and educated in evaluating, designing and fitting orthoses (braces) for almost any part of the body. We work with you, your doctor, physical and occupational therapist to give you the best possible outcome.
A prosthetist is a health professional, specifically trained and educated in evaluating, designing and fitting prostheses to replace missing body parts, including arms, legs, fingers, and toes.
Below are some tips before your visit. When being fitted or adjusting an orthosis (brace) or prosthesis (arm or leg):
Our orthotics and prosthetics specialists use innovative treatments and technology to make patients better today and healthier tomorrow.
Sometimes, babies are born with or develop a head-shape deformity. There are many reasons this happens, including prematurity, birth complications or being a twin or triplet with limited space while developing in the womb. When an infant head is growing and meets resistance, it develops a flat spot or deformity called positional plagiocephaly.
This is very common in babies and the flat spot or deformity can be corrected by encouraging the skull to grow the desired direction using a special custom-made helmet called a cranial remolding orthosis or “custom helmet”.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital uses a STARscanner™ to quickly and accurately take measurements of the baby’s head to create custom helmets.
Positional plagiocephaly, also known as "flat head syndrome," is a deformation of the shape of a baby's head. For babies requiring helmet therapy as a treatment, specialists at Arkansas Children's Hospital use the newest technology available to quickly and accurately take measurements of the baby's head to ensure the most comfortable and effective fitting helmet.