Winnie Powell, PT and Ryder
Shriners Hospitals for Children-Houston treated over 4,000 patients in 2014 with orthopaedic, cleft lip and palate and rehabilitative conditions. Many of our children with orthopaedic or rehabilitative conditions receive long-term care at our hospital and require new or adjusted prosthetics or orthotics as they grow and develop in our care. Since our last update, we have provided 24 new full prosthetic devices, 37 adjustments and 24 partial prosthetics.
This month, Shriners Hospitals for Children-Houston's physical therapy, medical and occupational therapy staff voted on a patient of the month and chose Ryder. Ryder was born just three months ago with arthrogryposis, a condition present in utero which causes muscle shortening and limited range of motion. Without the ability to fully extend his muscles, arthrogryposis can inhibit his ability to fully extend or contract his arm, leg and other joints. Ryder's mother, Shelby, was referred to Shriners Hospitals for Children-Houston just two months after Ryder was born so that he could receive immediate corrective and preventative care. With early intervention within the first six months, a child born with arthrogryposis can regain much of their range of muscle movement back within their arms and legs to be able to be fully mobile.
For the past four weeks, Ryder has been working for four hours per day with our inpatient rehabilitation occupational and physical therapists. With the use of splits, Ryder has been working on his dynamic stretching, bending and straightening his arms and legs, and learning to roll on his stomach. Ryder's mother also works diligently with him to further his progress. Ryder continues to grow stronger each week and has worked his way through three sets of splints! With continued rehabilitation, Ryder will continue to increase his range of motion in his elbows and have his hips in a position to be able to learn to walk.
Lisa, OT and Ryder
Ryder being awarded as Patient of the Month