Congenital Limb Defects | Diagnosis & Treatments

How does a doctor know my child actually has a congenital limb defect?

A doctor may diagnose your child's condition after a close physical examination at birth. Further x-rays may be needed in order to spot underlying deformities of the bones.

How do doctors treat congenital limb defects?

Specific treatment for congenital limb defects will be determined by your child's physician based on:

  • your child's age, overall health, and medical history
  • the extent of the condition
  • the type of condition
  • your child's tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
  • your opinion or preference
  • expectations for the course of the condition

The goal of any treatment for your child's congenital limb defect is:

  • promoting normal development
  • discovering sense of independence
  • encouraging self-care
  • improving cosmetic appearance
  • adaptation

There are no standardized treatment protocols for congenital limb defects. Treatment options may include:

  • prosthetics (artificial limbs)
  • orthotics (splints or braces)
  • surgery
  • rehabilitation (physical or occupational therapy)