Pediatric Prosthetics Specialist

Ortho Engineering Inc.

Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Therapeutic Shoes located in Southern California

If your child is missing a limb or needs an amputation, they’re going to need a personalized pediatric prosthesis. The skilled and caring team at Ortho Engineering Inc. know how difficult this process can become and work closely with your child’s pediatric specialist to design a prosthetic. Ortho Engineering Inc. has offices in Culver City, Chino, Lynwood, Torrance, Van Nuys, West Covina, and Whittier, California, plus two convenient locations in Los Angeles. Talk with your child’s pediatrician about getting your child fitted for a state-of-the-art prosthesis that’s customized specifically for them.

Pediatric Prosthetics Q & A

Why does my child need a prosthesis?

A congenital defect where a child didn’t properly grow an arm, hand, leg, or foot is one of the most common reasons why a child needs a prosthesis. But your little one may also need a prosthesis if they:

  • Have a severe injury
  • Lose blood flow to a limb
  • Develop a severe bacterial or viral infection

Your clinician can help you determine when it’s right for your child to get fitted for a prosthesis, depending on their age and how quickly they recover from surgery (if needed).

Is my child a candidate for prosthetics?

In most cases, if your child can stand on their own — which occurs at roughly 9-12 months of age — they’re eligible for pediatric prosthetics offered by Ortho Engineering Inc. Most pediatricians and orthopedic specialists recommend getting your child fitted for a passive prosthesis during these early stages.

A passive prosthesis is beneficial for helping your little one get used to the artificial limb. This way when it comes time to walk, they’re going to have greater success and a smoother transition into getting around on two legs.

Your child is probably going to need a change in their prosthetic socket — the part of the prosthesis that attaches to their residual limb — every year, depending on how quickly they grow. The team at Ortho Engineering Inc. can always design a new prosthesis once your child outgrows their current one. Your child may even be a candidate for a specialty prosthesis created for sporting activities, dance, or playing musical instruments.

Will my child adapt to a prosthesis?

Yes! Children often adapt to prosthetic limbs much faster than adults. While your little one is certainly going to need special attention, frequent checkups, and regular rehabilitation, you can feel confident that they’re going to fully adapt to their personalized prosthesis from Ortho Engineering Inc.

The team has expertise in designing both hard-to-fit and activity-specific prostheses, so your child can go on to live to their full potential with little to no limitations.

Schedule an evaluation with your child’s pediatrician to learn more about how Ortho Engineering Inc. prosthetics can help your little one.