Mary Free Bed’s Center for Limb Differences specializes in helping young patients with hand, foot and limb differences. When it was established in 1946, the center was the nation’s first to focus exclusively on helping infants, children and teenagers with limb discrepancies live healthy and fulfilling lives.
We help patients who were born with a limb difference or who underwent an amputation due to disease or an accident. Our team’s primary goal is to help your child to become as independent as possible in all areas of development.
We provide care, offer support and recommend resources to benefit your child from birth through age 18. We also offer prenatal consultations.
An evaluation should be made as soon as possible after your child’s birth or amputation. We can discuss a treatment plan and provide information about resources and other support services available to your child and family.
We help young people with a broad range of congenital amputations and syndromes, brachial plexus problems, acquired amputations and those undergoing frame treatment for limb lengthening or angular correction and limb salvage. The center also manages prosthetic fitting and orthotic recommendations and integration into school, recreation and transitions into adulthood.
Young patients come to us for a wide variety of conditions, including:
Treatment plans are crafted to meet the unique needs of each patient. Patients generally visit the center two to three times a year.
Your child’s schedule depends on circumstances unique to him or her. We’ll assess your child at each visit for orthopedic condition, growth and developmental needs.
The Center for Limb Differences is a founding and ongoing member of the Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics. As a patient, your child will be under the care of a comprehensive multidisciplinary team specializing in helping children with orthopedic conditions.
Team leadership is provided by physicians who specialize in orthopedics and treating children with limb differences. Depending on your child’s needs, his or her treatment team also may include:
We’ve developed a series of handbooks as part of our commitment to education. Titles available for purchase include:
Complete this Center for Limb Differences order form, and fax or mail to the address listed on the form.
Handouts to help children and teens cope with teasing or self-esteem challenges:
Teasing Happens: How to Make Friends
Teasing Happens: What to Do
Teasing Happens: Tips for Teachers
Teasing Happens: Tips for Parents
Teasing: Books for Children
Tips for Encouraging Self Esteem in Teens With Disabilities
Resources for parents, peers and more:
American Childhood Cancer Organization
Amputee Coalition of America
Amputee Coalition of America – Support Groups
Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics
Family Resource Center on Disabilities
Federation for Children with Special Needs