With growing bones and active days, children are unfortunately at an increased risk to orthopedic injuries. Additionally, there are a number of orthopedic conditions that are present at birth or in the first few years of life. At our orthopedic care, patients of all ages have access to quality care.
Orthopedic injuries can affect the muscles, joints, tendons, bones, growth plates, and ligaments. Some of the most common causes of orthopedic injuries in children include:
- Horseback riding
The best treatment for a pediatric orthopedic injury depends on the exact injury location and its severity. However, the most common treatments include bracing, rest, icing, medications, and elevation. Surgery is sometimes needed to repair an injury.
There are some symptoms in children that appear to be the result of orthopedic conditions, such as toe walking and flat feet. However, these are actually things that are commonly seen in children and then go away over time (and with practice walking).
There are also other orthopedic conditions that do require medical care. Many involve a comprehensive approach for symptom management and treatment. Some of the most common pediatric orthopedic conditions include:
- Bone infections
- Cerebral palsy
- Club foot
- Juvenile arthritis
- Spina bifida