Thursday, January 15, 2009
Another part of Brady's treatment is the use of orthotics. His physical therapist, who comes to the house twice a week, recommended that Brady get fit for orthotics, which are like leg braces. We went to see an orthotist at Greater Rochester Prosthetics and Orthotics. Brady needs a leg brace to prevent his knees from hyperextending when he stands. It seems like he does this to compensate for the weakness in his legs. By hyperextending his knees he gives himself more stability. Unfortunately this is terrible for his knee joint and in this position he can't possibly walk. So back in November Brady was fit for these braces. Matt went with him to the appointment so that he could learn more about how they should fit. We had to wait a few weeks after the appointment for the braces to be specially made. Once they arrived, we quickly learned that they weren't going to work. They were made very large, extending from his groin all the way to his ankles. They did prevent some hyperextension, but they also weren't hitting the right places to offer support. So, back they went. Matt made all sorts of measurements and we sent them back. They had to make all new braces, so we are waiting for Monday when we go back to the orthotist to try them on again. Next week is going to be a big week for Brady!