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Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Equipment Department (OPED)

What is the Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Equipment Department (OPED) at The HSC Pediatric Center?

The mission of The HSC Pediatric Center’s OPED is to maximize the functional independence of children with disabilities through the proper evaluation and provision of Durable Medical Equipment and Orthotics. In one short visit, a team of skilled professionals evaluates your child individually for his/her equipment and orthotic needs. The prescription and paperwork is initiated, change to all necessary paperwork is completed and signed by the physician and submitted to the vendor. The equipment or orthoses can be delivered to the hospital, home or school. Input from a child’s home and/or school therapist is always welcome!

Who works in the OPED?

The OPED consists of the following people: the child and their family, board certified physiatrist (pediatric rehabilitation physician), Licensed and registered physical therapists, licensed and registered occupational therapists, certified orthotist/ prosthetist (brace maker), equipment vendor, interpreter (as necessary). Many of our team members are certified as Assistive Technology Professionals and/or Suppliers.

What services does the OPED provide?

  • Seating and Positioning Assessment – We evaluate your child’s seating and positioning in their current seating system if appropriate and make adjustments for greater comfort and alignment. We assess your child’s current fit in their seating system.
  • Wheelchair Evaluation/Fitting – We assess your child’s need for a manual vs. power wheelchair, assess accessibility of home, and discuss transport of wheelchair. Once a decision has been agreed upon, measurements are taken.
  • Additional Durable Medical Equipment (DME) – We assess and measure for the following equipment as well (not limited to): adapted strollers, Kid Kart, tumble form seat, standers, gait trainers, canes, crutches, walkers, adapted tricycle, activity chair, hospital bed, and bathing and toileting equipment.
  • Orthoses – We assess for the following different types of orthoses to improve balance, gait, functional use, and/or prevent deformities:
    • Lower Extremity Orthoses – AFO braces, DAFOs, SMOs, Pattibobs, HKAFOs, and Knee Extension Splints
    • Upper Extremity Orthoses – Elbow Extension Splint, Hand Splints, and Benik Soft Splints
    • Trunk Orthoses – TLSO (thoraco lumbar sacral orthosis) and Benik Trunk Supports
  • Client and Family Training – We train your child and family to use, maintain each piece of equipment and/or don orthotics.
  • Follow-up Services – A Letter of Medical Necessity is completed shortly after clinic and is submitted to the vendor and insurance case manager. We provide the opportunity for the child to return to clinic for fitting of the orthotics or durable medical equipment if the family chooses.

Professional Affiliation
Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology of North America (RESNA)

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Department Scheduler at 202-635-6167

You should have your insurance information available as the Scheduler will do a short intake interview.

If you have a preference for a particular vendor or orthotist, please mention that during the intake process. You may be asked to fax in a prescription from your child’s physician for an “Equipment Evaluation” or “Orthotics Evaluation.”

The scheduling department will assist in obtaining insurance authorization for the appointment. Once the order and the authorization are received, you will be provided with an appointment. We offer multiple vendors and orthotists and will schedule your child on a day when your preferred provider is present.