Kate is by all accounts ahead of the learning curve. “She's an extremely smart little kid,” says her Dad, Patrick Brown. “She's known all the letters of the alphabet since she was two and a half.”
Read about the latest news and technological innovations from Boston Orthotics & Prosthetics, including new products, new treatment options, clinician profiles, and how patients and clinicians are overcoming challenges with the help of Boston O&P's products.
Like many couples, Kerry Adams and her husband, Derek, eagerly began preparing for the arrival of their first child. What they didn’t prepare for was the unexpected news that their son had myelomeningocele, one of the most severe forms of spina bifida, in which the spinal cord fails to close during development.
The American Board for Certification (ABC) defines a certified orthotist as an allied-healthcare professional that is specifically educated and trained to provide comprehensive orthotic patient care. This includes the patient evaluation, formulation and documentation of the treatment plan, and designing and fabricating the most appropriate orthosis to obtain the treatment plan goals. The orthotist is also responsible for the fitting, modification, maintenance and repair of the orthoses.
Matt Westlake joined Boston Orthotics & Prosthetics in 2018 as the Clinical Director of the Manhattan and River Edge, NJ clinics. In this Q&A, Matt shares how an injury changed the course of his life, how he learned about orthotics, and why he chose to specialize in rare orthopedic and neurological pathologies in children.
When Aashir Belton was born, his mom, Rejza, had to wait three long weeks to hold him.
Boston Orthotics & Prosthetics clinicians are trained to help patients with a wide variety of common conditions, including scoliosis, plagiocephaly, and neuromuscular issues. Often, those conditions are present in combination with a number of other issues, including autism, cerebral palsy, and a wide variety of genetic diseases.
At 2, Emily was walking on her toes. The Belottes thought, our daughter is going to be a dancer.
But soon, they began to observe cognitive delays. “She wasn’t stringing together sentences,” says her mom, Amanda. “And she wouldn't put her feet flat in the back.”
Ava Jean Finelli, affectionately called “Jelly Bean,” was just a few months old when her parents started to notice something wasn’t quite right.
“She couldn't lift her head during tummy time, and she wasn't kicking her legs or moving her arms,” says her mom, Laura Finelli.