If your child is currently suffering from bone, joint, or muscle issues, it’s best to consult a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. Because your child is still growing, the issues that they have in these areas are very different from those that occur in adults, and require a different type of surgeon and an entirely different course of treatment.
You may have noticed symptoms in your child that require a visit to our office, such as walking troubles or pain. Your child’s primary pediatrician may have also noticed signs that indicate that your child could benefit from specialized orthopedic care. Regardless of how you found our office, we are glad that you did. Schedule your appointment today so that we can start the process of achieving total all-around health for your child.
What special skills does a pediatric orthopedic surgeon possess?
Because a pediatric orthopedic surgeon treats children (generally infants through teenagers), they have to possess certain skills. For example, a small child may be able to communicate that they are hurting, but may not always be able to pinpoint exactly what the issue may be. An orthopedic surgeon specializing in pediatrics needs to be able to communicate with them in order to quickly get to the root of the problem so that they can make a proper diagnosis and plan a course of treatment.
This type of surgeon will also possess specialized knowledge, training, and experience when it comes to treating the unique problems that a growing child may have. They will know how to pinpoint and correct these problems while ensuring the comfort of the child. They will also have developed a uniquely tailored “bedside manner” that keeps the child calm while undergoing the prescribed treatment. You will receive only top notch care at our office and with our surgeons.
What types of issues will a pediatric orthopedic surgeon treat?
A pediatric orthopedic surgeon will treat a variety of issues that can occur in the bones, muscles, and joints of a child. These issues include, but are not limited to, such problems as the following:
- Broken bones
- Infections of the bones or joints
- Tumors of the bones or joints
- Deformities of the spine or limbs, such as scoliosis, clubfoot, disparities in the length of the limbs
Expert Treatment for Sports Injuries In Children
Some of the most common injuries that are treated by pediatric orthopedic surgeons are injuries that children suffer while participating in sports activities, such as children’s league games. Young children, particularly those below the age of ten years old, are more prone to sports related injuries because their coordination and reaction times are less well developed.
Some of the most common sports related injuries can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Dislocation of the elbow (sometimes known as “Little League elbow”)
- Dislocation of the shoulder
- Splints in the shins
- Heel or toe fractures
- Spondylolysis (an injury to the back that comes as the result of too much flexing and twisting of the muscles in that area)
After thorough and careful diagnosis, we can provide your child with a care management plan that gets them back to moving and feeling like themselves.
Treating Curvature of the Spine in Children
One of the most common issues that a pediatric orthopedic surgeon will treat is scoliosis, a condition that can defined as an abnormal curvature of the spine. While scoliosis appears in approximately 3 percent of children under the age of 16, most such curvatures do not progress to the point where serious medical treatment will be required to correct it.
However, this issue can become progressively worse as the child reaches maturity. The condition can become particularly acute in female children, requiring surgery and a long period of recovery. Curvature of the spine, if left untreated for too long, can result in a serious loss of flexibility and mobility. The sooner this condition is correctly diagnosed and treated, the better chance your child will have to overcome its effects.
Treating Clubfoot in Children
One of the most visible and easily treatable conditions that a pediatric orthopedic surgeon will treat in children is clubfoot. This condition occurs at birth, and is immediately recognizable, even in some cases during an ultrasound test. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot may appear to be turned permanently sideways or, in some cases, completely upside down.
This condition can be appear in both feet, or only in one. If the issue appears in only one foot, it may appear to be shorter or smaller than the other foot. While this condition is not normally a cause of immediate pain in an infant, it can go on to cause severe mobility issues and great pain as the child ages. While the cause of clubfoot is still unknown, recent advances in medical technology have enabled pediatric orthopedic surgeons to devise new and highly effective methods of dealing with this condition.
Why should I contact an orthopedic surgeon for my child?
The life of your child is precious, as is the quality of that life. If you suspect that your child is suffering from a serious health issue, it’s your duty as a parent to seek professional medical help in order to correct this issue as soon as possible. The quality of treatment for children’s issues has improved drastically within the past few decades, as has the availability of excellent health care. At our office, we have access to many state-of-the-art treatment options and procedure techniques, so you can rest assured that your child is receiving the best possible care.
Contact our office today to learn more about how we can assist your child with orthopedic issues. Feel free to ask us any questions that you might have about the services that we provide and the approaches that we use for diagnosis. We work hard to make sure each and every child feels comfortable and safe in our care, and we will work together with you to select the best possible treatment options. Schedule your appointment today!