How a Prosthesis Can Get Kids Back in the Game

Nobody likes to be left out. This is especially true for kids. And when teams are being picked and games at recess or after school get underway, children without the use of all their limbs can be left behind.

There wasn’t a way around this in the past. Those without the means of playing a sport were left to find another way to occupy themselves. And when it comes to kids, they were left to find another way to connect with their peers. This frequently leads to feelings of alienation. And being alienated from your classmates can lead to depression.

However, things are changing. Advancements have been made in prosthesis options that can help kids that might have been previously left out of the game to enjoy the company of their classmates.

Visit Bulow Orthotic and Prosthetic Solutions to see how a prosthesis can help get your child back out on the field.

Here are the ways a prosthesis can help a child get back in the game.

Upper Extremity Prosthetics

Losing the use of an arm or hand can affect a child in a number of ways. Mainly, they can find it difficult to perform daily tasks. And although many will learn how to navigate these tasks with time and practice, some things will continue to be difficult.

There are two types of amputations that can result in a need for an upper extremity prosthesis:

Transhumeral Amputation: This type of amputation occurs above the elbow. Prosthetics for this type of amputation can be powered in two ways. First, a harness and cable system are attached so that the prosthesis is controlled with movement of the body. Or, electric signals from the remaining muscles activate movement of the prosthesis. This is called a myoelectric controlled device.

Transradial Amputation: This type of amputation occurs below the elbow. These prosthetics can be powered in the same two ways as those for transhumeral amputations. There are a few different options for hands:

  • A static hand (which does not move but provides a good cosmetic appearance)
  • A hook (which is good for grabbing and other two-handed activities)
  • A myoelectric hand (which can perform basic grip functions)

These options provide many different ways to help a child regain mechanical movement. Riding a bike is aided by the added stability of a prosthetic arm grabbing the handlebars. Myoelectric hand prosthesis restores grip capabilities which are very important in a lot of activities a child might usually engage in.

The cosmetic affordances of these options can be very beneficial, but the ability to participate in activities with other children helps a child feel more like a part of the group.

Above the Knee Prosthetics

Losing the majority of a leg can take a child out of many games with their peers. Just like upper extremity prosthetics, this is also split into two types:

Transfemoral Amputations: This type of amputation occurs anywhere between the knee and the hip. This allows for the use of modular prosthetics.

Amputations in the Hip and Pelvis Region: This type of amputation occurs either at the hip joint, or can even include removal of the pelvis along with the lower limb.

The main factors for an effective prosthesis for these amputations are the knee joints and the feet. A maneuverable and controllable knee and foot will allow the child natural movements in walking and even running.

These prosthetics assist in balance and movement with advanced technology. Hydraulic controls and smart technology are just a couple of the ways these prosthetics help patients to regain mobility.

Giving a child the tools needed to join their friends in movement can not only get them back in the game but back in a healthy headspace as well.

Below the Knee Prosthetics

The loss of a foot can severely impact the way in which a child moves throughout their day. A complete absence of a foot will leave the child on crutches. And a low-quality prosthesis will impact the mobility of the child.

Transtibial Amputations: This type of amputation occurs below the knee joint. It leaves the above joints functional.

Amputations of the Foot: This type of amputation could include removal of specific toes, part of the foot, or the entire foot.

The good news is that the current technology available to assist in cases of these amputations has come a long way. Features such as intelligent terrain adaptation, powered ankle motion, and a natural progression of center pressure assist the patient in movements that both look and feel natural.

Stability and speed can be accomplished with the right prosthesis and a little practice. Before you know it, a child can rejoin their friends and again be part of the game.

Bulow Orthotic and Prosthetic Solutions helps those in Nashville, TN and middle Tennessee find the prosthesis that gets them moving. Visit us today.