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Parapodium & Standing Frame

These devices consist of a large, flat base of support with two uprights that extend up the sides of the legs and torso. The knees, hips and chest are strapped into this frame to support the individual in a standing position when it is not possible for the person to support himself or herself. This is used most often with children who have Spina Bifida before they are ready for an RGO. It enables them to weight bear through their legs and gain all the benefits associated with that. Most children learn to maneuver around in them with the aid of a walker, thus allowing more independence.

The difference between a standing frame and a parapodium is that the parapodium had joints at the knees and hips that unlock to allow the child to sit while remaining in the frame.