Our patients hail from all over the continental U.S. and Canada. To ensure your experience is smooth and enjoyable, we utilize special procedures to accommodate traveling families. These include a condensed appointment schedule, assistance with lodging, and ongoing communication with your referring doctor back home.
Typically, our patients make two visits a year, each lasting 1-2 days in the office. Schedules vary, however, a typical out-of-town agenda follows:
Day 1: At 8:00 a.m., the patient is scanned to obtain custom measurements for their brace. Afterward, the patient and their family generally spend the day visiting the area including the National Mall, with world-class museums and historic monuments. Our Orthotists block off a significant portion of their day to design and fabricate the brace. The patient returns for a 2-hour appointment in the late afternoon for the brace delivery and fitting. This 2nd appointment may be moved to Day 2 if patient prefers a later start time.
Day 2: The next morning, the patient returns after wearing the brace for the remainder of Day 1 and overnight. They will also get an EOS in-brace x-ray at this time to determine in-brace spine correction. Based on these images and any areas of discomfort, adjustments are made by our Orthotists at this time. Afterward, the patient generally returns home.
6-Month Follow-Up Visit
Day 1: The patient comes in for an out-of-brace EOS x-ray and our Orthotists make changes to the brace based on growth, changes in curvature, or any areas of discomfort. This visit usually requires a 1-night stay, with the patient returning home after the appointment.
We generally need to repeat this 2-visit cycle every year until the child has reached skeletal maturity. However, if the patient’s Orthopaedist does not recommend a new brace at the 1-year mark, the patient will only need to come in for a brace tune-up and any recommended adjustments based on the out-of-brace x-ray.