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Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services

Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services

Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS) – West, LLC, in the Salt Lake City Shriners Hospital is a team of certified prosthetists, orthotists and specially trained technicians who manufacture and fit custom-designed braces and artificial limbs. Shriners Hospitals for Children patients choosing POPS will have their device fabricated for their individual needs, while working closely with the hospital's physicians and therapy services.

Our staff provides individual devices, with the patient choosing their favorite colors and patterns during the fabrication process. This helps build self-confidence and gives the child the opportunity to take ownership of their device and be proud to show it off!

POPS uses a technology known as computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, better known as CAD-CAM technology. With CAD-CAM scanners, we are able to directly scan the children's limbs or the spine and load the image onto a computer. Scanned images are then sent to the CAD software on a different computer. Three-dimensional images are modified to provide maximum correction and positioning of the limb. Then the file is sent to a computer-driven carver that will carve the corrected model of the child's limb or spine from a foam block. We duplicate the model into the device when we make the brace or prosthetic limb by vacuum forming plastic over the corrected device.

Meet our team

James Knackstedt, CPO
Greg Webber, CTPO, COA, C.Ped
Eric Green, CP
Foye, CFO
Nate Sprunger, CP
Roger Tingey, CP
Kristian Christensen, CO

Outreach clinics with POPS personnel

Our medical staff and orthopaedic practitioners partner with local Shriners in respective areas, for outreach clinics in Denver, Colorado; El Paso, Texas; and Phoenix, Arizona.

POPS personnel provide support and on-site services at our outreach clinics. These services include evaluation, casting and delivery and fitting of ankle foot orthoses (AFO) and foot orthotics. In addition, adjustments and modifications of current devices are provided depending on the need.

To learn more about our outreach clinics, call 801-536-3777.

Devices we fit

We fit and fabricate a variety of devices, including the devices listed below (and for all levels of limb loss):

  • FOs - foot orthotics
  • AFOs - ankle foot orthotics
  • KAFOs - knee ankle foot orthotics
  • HKAFOs -hip knee ankle foot orthotics
  • Night-time stretching AFO
  • TLSO - thoraco lumbar sacral orthosis
  • LSO - lumbar sacral orthosis

Make an appointment with POPS

To make your first appointment at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City, call 800-313-3745.

To make a return appointment to POPS, call 801-536-3820.

   
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