Congenital Limb Defects | Treatments

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)