We know that standing as a weight-bearing activity is critical to proper physical and mental function—which is why children with cerebral palsy, who may sit for stretches in a wheelchair and typically are unable to stand on their own, can benefit greatly from pediatric standers as part of a comprehensive pediatric rehabilitation program. Pediatric standers are offered in passive, active and mobile formats: Passive standers stay in one place and feature a support surface, active standers allow reciprocal movement of the extremities while in a standing position, and mobile standers enable users to self-propel.
Chronic pain syndromes can be hard to diagnose, continue for a prolonged period of time, and dramatically disrupt a patient’s daily life. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, formally known as Reflex Neurovascular Dystrophy is less well understood in the pediatrics population and can cause excessive pain and severely diminished strength and function. Pediatric chronic pain syndromes include Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome.
Impaired neuromuscular strength, movement and control are among the greatest detriments posed by brain injury, incomplete spinal cord injury and other musculoskeletal damage. Activating and re-educating muscles are paramount to improved outcomes, especially for children faced with such debilitating conditions that can stifle normal growth and development.
Toe walking, also referred to as tip-toe walking, is common among toddlers taking their first steps. The condition, in which children walk on the toes or balls of their feet, can be caused by orthopedic, neurological and developmental disorders, but more often than not is considered idiopathic. Most kids outgrow toe walking, but further evaluation and specialty care may be warranted, especially for those who continue the pattern beyond age two.
No one would argue that recovery from a brain injury is often a long, physically demanding and emotionally draining process for patients. It’s a journey that can be unpredictable from one day to the next, and one that forever changes lives. And for the families of children with pediatric brain injury, it can be especially difficult to cope with and understand—particularly during the transition from inpatient rehabilitation to outpatient therapy.