Orthotic Decision Making for the Patient with High Level Myelodysplasia

DONALD E. KATZ, C.O.


With respect to the ACPOC's 1991 annual meeting's focus on Reciprocating Gait Orthoses, a literature review will be presented on current orthotic design considerations for the patient with high level Myelodysplasia. Systems to be discussed will include static and dynamic hip knee ankle foot orthoses, different RGO designs, swivel walkers and parawalkers. Reports on different systems' effectiveness with respect to a patient's physical and psychological needs will be summarized, with an emphasis on the benefits of ambulation during the first two decades of life.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn, Dallas, TX 75219