Showing posts with label knee immobilizers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label knee immobilizers. Show all posts

Monday, February 11, 2013

Caleb walking

It has been almost a year since Caleb's tethered cord surgery, almost a year since I have seen him walk. Thanks to the knee immobilizers, he is walking. Just a little bit at a time, but he is able to walk.

I know many of you saw this on facebook already but for those of you that haven't....


I think I am more excited than he is. He told me today that "walking is boring". I guess it is boring to him because I've just had him walk around the living room with no purpose. Plus walking is slow and it is hard work. Hopefully he'll feel encouraged as his legs get stronger and his endurance increases. I'm just thrilled to see him upright. I don't think I realized how tall he was until I couple of days ago. He has definitely grown in the last year.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Knee Immobilizers

A few weeks ago I came to the conclusion that Caleb needs more support to walk. He has worked so hard since his tethered cord surgery last April (seriously, I can't believe its almost been a year already). He has given it all he has but AFO's just aren't enough to support his legs for walking. At least not right now. Today he had an appointment with his orthopedic doctor to talk about our options for getting Caleb up and walking a bit.

Playing video games in the waiting room. He was playing some game with a skateboarding wolf. He loved it. I had to pry him away when they called us back.

Doing what I call "wheelie spins". He does a wheelie and then spins really fast in a circle while maintaining the wheelie.

He spins crazy fast!

Anyway, back to the ortho appointment. I had every intention of getting him fitted for KAFO's today because I am certain he will be able to walk if he just has more support in the knees. The doctor had a different suggestion...knee immobilizers. I have heard of these and our friend's son with SB walks pretty well with them. The argument for the knee immobilizers instead of KAFO's is that the immobilizers are lighter so they won't add extra weight to Caleb's legs making it harder for him to walk. They want to see how Caleb does with the knee immobilizers first. If he does well with them, then we go back and get fitted for KAFO's. It seemed like a fair compromise so I agreed.

I don't really know how to describe them. Basically the immobilizers wrap around his leg, offering support and stability. You can fit them tight for more support or loosen them for less. Pretty basic design and easy to put on. He can't bend his legs at all in them so these can only be used when we are specifically working on standing or walking. He can't really get around on the floor with these on.

They worked great. Caleb has been dependent on his arms to hold all his weight when he tries to use his walker. He will complain that his "arms are getting tired" because he uses them to hold up his weight. These immobilizers almost forced him to put pressure through his legs and feet.

I know the immobilizers were working because after walking around a bit, Caleb complained that his "legs were getting tired." That was the first time I have heard him say his legs were tired. That means he was actually using his legs and not relying so much on his arms. That's a good thing.

I think the immobilizers will force him to put pressure through those feet and legs. I think he will start using muscles he hasn't really been using. I'm excited. I think he was pretty excited too. Man, that kid works so hard. Love that booger.



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