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Orthotics

The Orthotics department at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children provides state-of-the-art, custom-made orthopedic braces, or orthoses, to patients with special orthopedic needs. Our orthotics department, which also houses a custom fabrication lab, is located just one floor below our ambulatory care clinics, allowing our orthotists to collaborate with doctors, therapists and other medical staff on-site during the child's visit. Staff orthotists are dedicated to providing children with the best possible treatment, conducting innovative research and participating in professional orthotics organizations.

TSRHC's staff orthotists fabricate orthoses and provide patient care at the hospital every day. Children are referred to the Orthotics department from our clinics, and orthotists are available to answer any questions you might have about wearing a brace.

Individualized Treatment

We create orthoses to help children with the challenges they face with their special orthopedic needs. Each orthosis is custom-fitted, with many being custom fabricated specifically for a child, often by using a cast mold to appropriately size the orthosis and reshape key areas based on the child's orthopedic needs. We provide all necessary equipment to children in need of orthotic treatment, including shoes to enhance the braces' effectiveness and to ensure that they fit properly.

Orthotists and technicians monitor and adjust shoes and braces throughout the treatment process, ensuring that each child receives the best care possible. Depending on the child's specific needs, the department provides athletic shoes or hard-soled orthopedic shoes with attached bars. They also add lifts to patients existing shoes when needed due to differences in leg length.

Visiting the Orthotics Department

The Orthotics department at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children provides braces for children. Some braces can be fit during the child's first visit. However, most braces are custom-made for your child. These require a return visit following the initial measurements.

Finding Us

The Orthotics department is open on weekdays, and patients are seen from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The department is located on the lower level near the “C” elevators. Pictures of fish cover our walls as part of an under the sea theme.

Whom Will I See?

Each child is seen by an orthotist. We assign each child arriving from clinic to the next available orthotist. If you would prefer to see the same orthotist each time you visit TSRHC, you may call us in advance to schedule an appointment.

Definitions

Orthosis - a brace
Orthoses - more than one brace
Orthotics - the field of study relating to braces
Orthotist - a healthcare professional in the field of orthotics
Technician - a specialist who makes braces

When You Return

Each time you come to the hospital, please bring all equipment the child uses. This allows us to check and modify the devices as needed.

Questions? More Information

Please Call (214) 559-7440 or (800) 421-1121, ext. 7440, if you have any questions or problems with a brace. We schedule each patient as soon as possible.