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  • Lisa McDonald
    My son (4 yo w/spastic diplegia) has been wearing AFO s for 3 years. He gets them from his private PT who works under his Physiatrist. I always need
    Message 1 of 6 , Sep 16, 2003
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      My son (4 yo w/spastic diplegia) has been wearing AFO's for 3 years. He gets them from his private PT who works under his Physiatrist. I always need preauthorizations and/or referrals for specialties. What a pain! Austin is having tendon release on 10/30. Anyone familiar with that procedure?! ~Lisa
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      From: Curt & Kim
      To: cerebralpalsyclub@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2003 1:33 PM
      Subject: RE: [CEREBRAL PALSY CLUB] Just joined again/question


      Denise,

      My son is 2 and wears DAFO's. This is how it works for us in NC. The route
      they have us take here is to get a referral from a pediatrician to the
      neurologist and/or the orthopaedist. Per insurance purposes, you will most
      likely need a referral from the pediatrician to any specialist. I am not
      aware that a neurologist can write an order for AFO's. They are typically
      not specialized in that area. I wouldn't imagine that they would be aware
      of the particular type that would best benefit your daughter. Generally, an
      orthopaedist needs to evaluate the child and typically she and the physical
      therapist communicate re: what type of AFO is appropriate to meet the
      child's needs. Then the orthotist (who the orthopaedist refers you to) will
      make a mold of the child's foot and they are the ones that make the AFO. I
      agree. It involves entirely too many people.Must be due to the specialty of
      the matter. When travel becomes an issue it is so difficult...

      Hope this helps.

      Kim (Jaxon - 2 years, AN, CP and Brixon - 2 years, typical)
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      From: Denise Horne [mailto:denise_109@...]
      Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2003 12:49 PM
      To: cerebralpalsyclub@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [CEREBRAL PALSY CLUB] Just joined again/question


      Somehow I accidently left this group. I'll blame it on Yahoo. Anyway, I
      dont' know if anyone remembers me. I'm Denise. I have a 3 year old
      daughter with mild CP. She wore AFO's for a few months about 2 years ago.
      Tomorrow we are going to see the neurologist again. We are pretty sure she
      will have to have the AFO's again. So here's my question: can the neuro.
      write the order to have her fitted for them or will she have to refer us to
      an orthopedist? Last time, our pediatrician referred us to an orthopedist,
      who then sent us to be fitted. I just dont want to have to see any more
      doctors than we have to. We have to travel 2 hours to see all of her
      doctors, and it's hard for my husband to get off work. Anyway, I'm glad to
      be back. :)

      Denise


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    • Colin Paxton
      Denise- My daughters PT writes the referral for her AFO s. This is nice because she can monitor how they are working for her and determine when she has
      Message 2 of 6 , Sep 16, 2003
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        Denise-
        My daughters PT writes the referral for her AFO's. This is nice because she
        can monitor how they are working for her and determine when she has ourgrown
        them.
        Colin

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