Orthotics and Prosthetics

Our Approach

Our Fairview Orthotics and Prosthetics team provides state-of-the-art orthopedic bracing and prosthetic devices (artificial limbs) to help you regain mobility. We’ll work closely with you to select the best device and teach you how to use and care for it. With proper training and care, these devices can help you return to the activities that are important to you.

Orthotics

Orthopedic devices provide stability and support to help guide or limit movement of a specific body part. With proper fit, training and care, these devices can help treat a wide variety of temporary or permanent muscular and skeletal disorders.

Conditions we treat

  • Chronic weaknesses
  • Drop foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Scoliosis
  • Deformities
  • Quadricep weakness

Prosthetics

Prosthetic devices are artificial parts (commonly limbs) used to replace a part of the body that is missing because of a birth defect, accident or amputation.

Our prosthetists will consult with you and your physician before surgery whenever possible. They will evaluate your specific needs and use the latest in computer-aided design and manufacturing to ensure your new limb fits well and performs at its best.

Compression products and services

Edema (swelling) can result from a variety of conditions. Left untreated, edema can result in pain, loss of tissue elasticity and increased risk of repeated infections. We offer a full array of compression garments to help reduce swelling, improve function and lessen pain for people experiencing edema or lymphedema.

Post-mastectomy products and services

We are committed to helping women and men feel more comfortable and confident following a total mastectomy or lumpectomy. We have a wide selection of products to manage surgery-related symptoms and help you feel better about yourself.

Our professional orthotists and prosthetists are certified by the American Board of Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics and have advanced skills and training in the biomechanics of the human body. We offer in-house fabrication and, if needed, same-day or next-day fitting of custom products. That flexibility contributes to our ability to provide you with a superior fit, and can speed up your discharge from the hospital.

For Children

There are many conditions unique to children that can be treated with orthotic devices. Our specialists will work with you and your child to determine the best care option. Some common conditions we treat include:

  • Low muscle tone
  • Plagiocephaly (head reshaping)
  • Pronation of the feet

Infants and children may need a prosthetic device (commonly limbs) due to a birth defect, accident or amputation. Patients younger than 18 should be evaluated by their prosthetist every three to six months. Your child’s prosthesis will require modifications at least once a year, depending on their growth. Our team uses the latest in computer-aided design and the manufacturing technology to ensure an accurate fit.

Head-reshaping orthotic (helmet)

You may have noticed that your baby’s head is not round. This is a common problem called plagiocephaly (PLAY-jee-uh-SEF-uh-lee). Plagiocephaly is a condition in which a baby’s head has an uneven or irregular shape. It often occurs prior to birth as a result of pressure inside the uterus, but it also can happen after birth. Head reshaping is a safe, effective and noninvasive method to mold the shape of the head to a more normal round.

Typically, the head-reshaping helmet is worn for about five months. The optimal time to start wearing the helmet is when the bones in the head of the infant are still flexible, generally around four to eight months of age.

Our team takes great pride in sharing our expertise to fit your child with a head-reshaping helmet for an outcome that will last a lifetime. We provide head-reshaping helmets and follow-up care at our St. Paul, Burnsville, Blaine, Maple Grove, and Wyoming clinic locations.

You can also see one of a variety of specialists to treat plagiocephaly, including one of our orthotists, at the Plagiocephaly Clinic, offered the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the Pediatric Specialty Care Discovery Clinic on the University of Minnesota West Bank Campus, 2512 Building. For more information, or to make an appointment, call University of Minnesota Health Pediatric Neurosurgery at 612-624-6666.

Read about Jackie’s success with her head reshaping helmet.

Locations

Care Team