Orthopedic Conditions

There are many orthopedic conditions that can affect children of all ages. Conditions such as musculoskeletal impairments (muscle sprains/strains), congenital deformities (club foot, arthrogryposis), amputations, Blount’s disease, scoliosis, and fractures can lead to a loss of range of motion, pain, and weakness which can impact activities of daily living (ADL), gait, and balance. The pediatric physical and occupational therapists at Duke have experience in splinting techniques for joint protection and injury prevention, as well as casting and taping techniques for improvement and facilitation of movement in the upper and lower extremities. The emphasis of the therapists are to work together with the families and child’s medical team to create a plan of care that is designed to address the goals of the patient and family and enable them to gain as much function and independence as possible.

 

PT Treatment

  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Functional Mobility Training
  • Gait Training
  • Splinting/Casting
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Equipment assessment and management
  • Pain management

OT Treatment

  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Joint protection strategies
  • Splinting/Casting
  • Kinesiotaping
  • ADL modifications