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, 71 (12), 920-34

Prosthetic Management of Children With Limb Deficiencies

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Prosthetic Management of Children With Limb Deficiencies

D E Krebs et al. Phys Ther.

Abstract

Children with amputations present challenging management problems. Surgical management, prosthetic fitting options, and training regimens have progressed substantially over the past several decades. Clinicians should be familiar with the available technological options to provide children with amputations the best possible care. The plethora of small components available for lower- and upper-limb prostheses indicates the desirability of managing juvenile patients in an interdisciplinary, specialized clinical setting where the advantages and disadvantages of prosthetic options can be related to the particular needs and wishes of each young client and the client's family. Although prostheses are not anatomical avatars, careful appliance prescription and training, coordinated with the child's growth and developmental changes, can optimize the benefits the child derives from the prosthesis.

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