• Jesse Heaton

    Jesse Heaton

    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

    Jesse's Bio:
    I graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and am now in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program here at CSS. I played on the baseball team at CSS for four years. I was also a statistics tutor and currently work as personal care assistant in Duluth. I love the outdoors, hunting fishing, hiking, etc. While being at St. Scholastica I have noticed the “family” atmosphere and I am truly enjoying every second of it.

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    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Pediatric Orthotics Lab

In the doctorate of physical therapy program we are constantly engaged in our love of learning. Recently in my Lifespan of Pediatrics course we discussed pediatric orthotics. We were fortunate enough to have a guest speaker come in who also brought common orthotics seen in the pediatric population. This was a great opportunity for us, as students, to get familiar with the equipment, common diagnoses, and problem solve some case examples where we decided what orthotic would be most appropriate for the case patient.

Picture below is a Reciprocating Gait Orthosis (RGO). It is commonly used in children who are currently unable to walk (and adults) to educate them with the initial skills needed for ambulation. It helps to incorporate efficient ambulation, hands free standing, balance, and support in order to help the child progress to less invasive orthoses. With every step, as one leg flexes, the other leg extends thanks to a cable system. RGO’s can be fitted and utilized as early as 18 months of age, but are more often seen in patient’s around the age of 4 as they begin exploring more with their environment and have higher dynamic social activity demands.

Check out this youtube video to see the RGO in use.

Posterior (behind) view of the Reciprocating Gait Orthosis (RGO).

A lateral (side) view of the pediatric RGO that was passed around during our Lifespan Pediatric course lab.

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