Ambulatory Brace for Child with Spinabifida

Ambulatory Brace for Child with Spinabifida

Ambulatory Brace for Child with Spinabifida Grace Gaylord Ben Schnitz Advised by: Kevin Robinson, MS, PT, OCS

Characteristics of Spinabifida Congenital disease of the nervous system Cleft Spine -- Incomplete closure in the spinal column Three types of spinabifida Typically involves loss of sensation and motion below the waist Implications of Spinabifida

Most sufferers die shortly after birth Survivors must endure operations throughout childhood Learning disabilities are often associated All sufferers must learn mobility skills with the aid of braces or wheelchairs Problems with bone-loading deficiency Current Brace Technology

Reciprocating Gait Orthoses (RGO) are currently in use Dual cable design replaced by isocentric pivot Most children (2-6) must also use a walker Braces are hand-made by specialists Design must take into account specific disease requirements Problems with Current Brace

Subject is too uncoordinated to operate Subject does not have strength to lift legs from the hip Result: Subject prefers spending majority of time in wheelchair Recall problems with bone-loading, circulation, organ function Group Objective

The goal of this project is to design, build, and implement a brace which can be used to assist in motion for children suffering from Spinabifida. The ultimate objective is increasing the subjects ease of motility and time spent in the upright position Work Completed

Meetings with the subject and his family Meetings with both the orthopedist and the brace specialist Research on disease specifics and brace design Brainstorming on possible brace design considering what we have learned Current Work

Meeting with advisor and pediatrician Meeting with subjects physical therapist Selection of a single design Drafting the design on paper Future Work Building the selected design Testing the design Developing new therapeutic techniques

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