The provision of orthoses to children requires a particular understanding of both the medical conditions and the many factors affecting normal daily life. By combining the service facilities of a commercial orthotic firm and the research facilities of a hospital-based rehabilitation engineering unit, practically orientated research and development can be executed and introduced into the supply situation. Following some general observations, some particular problems and solutions related to spina bifida, muscular dystrophy and arthrogryposis are discussed. Finally, two areas of ongoing research are described.
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