#7 Answering Parents’ Concerns About Use of Leg Braces for Children with Special Needs: Interview with Orthopedic Surgeon Jon Davids of Shriners Hospitals

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If you’re a parent to a child with cerebral palsy and contemplating the use of leg braces for your child, or your child is already wearing them, then you want to listen to this one-on-one interview with Dr. Jon Davids with Shriners Hospitals for Children- Northern California. Dr Davids, once again has generously donated his time to educate special parents about leg braces and answer parents’ concerns and questions regarding the need for and use of leg braces for their children with special needs, particularly children with cerebral palsy.

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Dr. Jon Davids, an internationally recognized pediatric orthopedic surgeon is noted for his work in treating children with cerebral palsy. Dr. Davids graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University before earning his Doctor of Medicine at Harvard University. He is currently an Assistant Chief of Orthopedics at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Northern California. He is also the Director of Motion Analysis Lab at Shriners, a professor of Orthopedics at UC Davis Medical School and holds the Ben Ali Chair in the Pediatric Orthopedics Department at UC Davis Medical School.

The interview covers:
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  • What are orthotic devices?
  • What are the goals of orthotic treatments for a child with Cerebral Palsy?
  • How do surgeons assess whether it’s a muscle or joint, tendons or nerves to be the problem?
  • At what age are braces not recommended for a child? Why?
  • Do children ever go from functional or customized braces to the over the counter type of pre-fabricated ones?
  • What are new approaches to treating orthotics?
  • What is the recent research on efficacy of orthotics for kids?
  • Answering Parents’ concerns and issues relating to their kids’ leg braces (AFO, shoe inserts,etc..) and much more!


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