Just in Time for the Annual Meeting: ACPOC Sneak Peek

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Benefits of the Reciprocating Gait Orthosis in the Pediatric Population

Presenter: Jeremy Crowell, CPO

During this session, Crowell will give a general overview of the reciprocating gait orthosis (RGO), including how to distinguish good candidates for the device, indications and contraindications for use, and how to ensure the patient is successful with an RGO. The history of the RGO will be covered and how the device has evolved over time from cable systems to rocker bar systems. Impression techniques, casting, fitting, fabrication techniques, and componentry choices will also be discussed.

Crowell will help clinical practitioners understand the physiological and psychological benefits of an RGO, how to determine realistic goals for patients, and what types of patients may succeed with these devices. RGOs, which have traditionally been used for spina bifida patients, are being prescribed for spinal cord injury patients more frequently; as such, it is crucial that clinical practitioners understand what types of patients may benefit from an RGO, as well as the benefits of allowing wheelchair-bound clients to stand (benefits that include increased bone density from weight bearing, possible relief for pressure sores, and increased independence). Crowell's session will help clinical practitioners increase their treatment options and produce better outcomes for RGO candidates.

February's session preview written by Nina Bondre.