The ParaPod comes in a kit form that can be sized and assembled easily for significantly less than conventional HKAFO's. The kit provides an exoskeleton worn over clothing that consists of shoe clamps, aluminum uprights, foam knee blocks, upper back and chest supports. The aluminum uprights are sized at the knee and hip and cut to length. Additional tubes can be cut to a longer length to accommodate growth.
Custom designed for children or small adults
Easy to use standing and sitting mechanism
Allows for hands free activities
Simple lock out mechanism for hip and knee
Durability for everyday use
Maximum Height to Axilla: 33 in./83 cm
Maximum Chest Circumference: 26 in./66 cm
Maximum Weight of Patient: 55 lbs./25 kg
Normal Age Range: 2 to 6 years
PARAPOD SELECTION CRITERIA
1. When the child indicates a desire to stand up by pulling on furniture and other objects, or is developmentally mature enough to stand, a bracing program may commence.
2. The criteria used for ParaPod considerations are:
(A) The child does not have sufficient muscle power in the lower extremities and trunk to ambulate and stand without crutches.
(B) The child has either gone through the Standing Brace stage or is physically and mentally ready to move into the ParaPod directly.
(C) The child is of such size that comfortable sitting can only be accomplished by flexing knees and hips.
3. Evaluate upper extremity coordination and strength to determine if the child can utilize crutches or walkers effectively.