- Avoid passive trunk rotation. (That means someone else twisting the patient’s back).
- Continue prone positioning. (That means on tummy while wearing knee immobilizers.) Do this for 30 minutes, 3 times per day.
- Continue to wear knee immobilizers at night, according to your doctor’s instructions.
- Walk only during therapy sessions. The outpatient therapist will let you know when you can begin walking at home.
- Encourage floor play for strengthening. This includes: 1) crawling, 2) side sitting, 3) tall kneeling and 4) knee walking.
- Some children might stand while supervised when they’re discharged. Please check with your child’s inpatient therapist to see if standing is recommended. If the child will be allowed to stand, please encourage half kneeling (one leg up to lead) as a transition from floor to standing.
- Resume previous home stretching program (especially hamstrings and heel cords).
- Continue outpatient physical therapy 5 times per week until follow-up with a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor about one month after discharge. Ask your outpatient therapist about further physical therapy.
This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your health care providers. If you have any questions, talk with your doctor or others on your health care team. If you are a Gillette patient with urgent questions or concerns, please contact Telehealth Nursing at 651-229-3890.