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Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services – Northwest, LLC

Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services – Northwest, LLC

Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS) – Northwest, LLC, at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Spokane, is an in-house service, providing care for our patients who have limb deficiencies or bracing needs. From infancy to 18 years of age, the experienced and certified POPS staff provide upper and lower orthotic and prosthetic services, as well as spinal orthotic services, for a wide spectrum of orthopaedic conditions, such as congenital and acquired deformities, disease, infection and trauma.

The POPS team is devoted to designing braces, artificial arms and legs, and adaptive devices that give children the ability to pursue their dreams. The specially trained orthotic and prosthetic specialists take the time to get to know each child. A visit to POPS is about more than measurements and mechanics. It is about sharing hopes and dreams, and providing information that allows the technicians to return to the lab and design the perfect fit.

Patients who see doctors in the Spokane Shriners Hospital clinic, and who choose POPS as their provider, will visit the POPS department on the same day. No time is lost scheduling a special appointment or driving to a different facility. We are fortunate to have Peter Springs as our orthotics and prosthetics manager.The only clinician in the Inland Northwest exclusively devoted to pediatric orthotic and prosthetic care, Peter has the experience and dedication to meet the unique needs of our patients.            

Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services team

Prosthetics and Orthotics Manager
Peter Springs, L/CPO

Orthotist/prosthetist
Clint Hastings, L/CPO

Department Assistant
Dawn Nixon-LaCaze

Make an appointment with our orthotics and prosthetics staff

If you are a patient, parent or provider seeking orthotic and prosthetic (O & P) specialty care from Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services – Northwest, LLC at the Spokane Shriners Hospital for the first time, please contact our intake coordinator toll-free at 888-895-5951 or email to request an appointment.

Please be sure to let our intake coordinator know that you are requesting a new patient appointment for your bracing or prosthetic needs in order to ensure your appointment is scheduled in the O & P clinic. If you have questions about our O & P services, you may also contact the POPS department at 509-252-3373. 

Please continue reading below for more information about our O & P services.     

Fabrication

The POPS staff provide the most current treatment and materials, and utilize the latest in computer assisted design (CAD) technology to design and fabricate custom orthotic and prosthetic devices for growing children. Your child can customize their devices. Patients often pick favorite patterns – such as cartoon characters, sports teams, princesses or pink camouflage – to decorate the surface of a leg brace or limb sockets.

Orthotics

Orthotics are custom foot support devices that can be as simple as an insert worn in your child’s shoe, to a full-leg brace or other similar device. Some orthotics are worn during the day and during all regular activities. Other orthotic devices are designed to be worn only during the evening.

The type of orthotic your child needs and when and how they will wear it will depend on your child’s orthopaedic condition and developmental abilities. Because children grow rapidly, orthotics may need to be replaced at least twice a year.

Prosthetics

Prosthetic devices range from a foot or hand, to a full arm or leg. Many prostheses will require adjustment as children become more comfortable with them, and they will need to be replaced somewhat frequently as your child grows. Wherever possible, your child will be able to select the pattern for their prosthesis. Designs range from sports team logos and camouflage to butterflies, flag patterns and more.

Team approach

The orthotic and prosthetic specialists work side-by-side with physicians in the clinic and coordinate directly with physical and occupational therapists to ensure that the device they design is the right fit.

Continuity of care

At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Spokane, care continues from birth through adulthood, allowing all clinicians – from doctors to prosthetists – to evaluate all phases of a child’s growth and development. The long-term relationships between patients, parents and health care providers results in more personal, higher quality care.

Certification

The Spokane Shriners Hospitals POPS staff members are certified by the American Board for Certification in orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics and licensed in the state of Washington. The staff regularly attends continuing education seminars to stay up-to-date with current practices and techniques.

Motion analysis

Access to an on-site, state-of-the-art motion analysis center allows the POPS team to get real data needed to evaluate effectiveness of each device and then make adjustments, if necessary.

Learn more about our motion analysis center.

   
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