Angel had an awesome day in physical therapy today. He stood for 60 seconds independently and took two independent steps!
OI stands for Osteogenesis Imperfecta (sometimes known as brittle bone disease) It is a rare, congenital bone disorder characterized by brittle bones that fracture easily. Angel has sustained multiple different fractures in both of his arms and legs.
I have been working with Angel since he was 17 months old. ( He is now 5 years old and attends Kindergarten) He received physical therapy at home through the early intervention program and then after he turned 3 years old, he began coming to see me for physical therapy at Children’s Village.
Angel has made steady progress over time, but each time he has fracture, his progress is slowed. Over the last several weeks, he has progressed to being able to stand completely on his own for extended periods and he has been able to take 2-3 steps on his own with close supervision.
Angel’s diagnosis is unique and specific to the pediatric population. As pediatric physical therapists, we have the knowledge, experience, and expertise to treat children with these types of rare diagnoses in a fun, play-based environment while maintaining the necessary precautions.