(From the May 2018 Issue of MedStat)
The new Limb Deficiency Clinic at Nationwide Children’s offers patients the attention of a physiatrist and a community prosthetist who specialize in pediatric limb deficiency care. The clinic focuses exclusively on young patients with congenital and acquired limb issues, from birth defects to amputations due to tumors, infections or trauma. Specialized treatments for all limb-related needs include:
- Prosthetic and orthotic evaluation and prescriptions
- Prosthetic and orthotic assessment and adjustments
- Injury and use assessments
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Long-term follow-up assessments and accommodation of growth and function
Director of the clinic, Jonathan Napolitano, MD, specializes in musculoskeletal health, amputee gait biomechanics, and the common growth- and use-related prosthetic and orthotic concerns facing children with physical disabilities. He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and gained some of his extensive experience with physical disabilities and their long-term management at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, in Chicago. His research interests include adaptive sports medicine, quality of life among children with limb loss, gait and motion analysis, and the use of emerging technologies in evaluation and treatment of limb deficiencies and deformities.
To make a referral or for more information, email Dr. Napolitano at Jonathan.Napolitano@NationwideChildrens.org or call the clinic at (614) 355-5462.