Prostheses for children
Our team chooses components from leading manufacturers that balance optimal function and minimal weight. We also build prosthetic devices that support kids in pursuing their favorite physical activities, be it running, swimming, skiing, or snowboarding.
Generally, children are eligible for prostheses at the age when they are able to pull up to stand, which typically happens at 9-12 months. Once a child reaches this age, it is best to begin using a prosthesis as soon as possible so they become accustomed to the prosthesis as they develop their sense of self and physically develop from sitting to standing, to running and beyond. For children with above knee amputations, typically an unlocked pediatric knee is not advisable until the age of 3-4.
As a child grows, sockets may need to be changed once a year or more, and regular adjustments need to be made to keep the prosthetic in-line with their rapidly evolving physical needs.