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Pediatric Orthopedics

Pediatric Orthopedics is the specialized field dedicated to addressing bone, joint, and muscle deformities in children. This encompasses conditions present at birth (congenital) as well as those arising during childhood due to diseases or injuries. Children with pediatric orthopedic issues typically seek medical attention due to limb pain or deformities affecting their overall function and well-being.

Distinguishing itself from adult orthopedics, pediatric orthopedics recognizes the unique aspects of growing children. Since children are in a constant state of development, it's crucial to consult a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon for tailored care. These specialists possess expertise in understanding growth patterns and development, enabling them to guide parents on whether a child's condition may naturally improve with growth and when intervention might be necessary based on age and developmental stage.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the categories of treatment within Pediatric Orthopedics?

There are three broad areas in pediatric orthopedics:

-Growth Phase: The child’s bones may grow faster than the muscles and tendons, leading to sore muscles and stiff joints.

-Injuries: They could be playtime or sports injuries.

-Congenital abnormalities: Abnormalities or defects since birth.

What treatments are available in Pediatric Orthopedics?

Depending on the type of problem, the procedures can be noninvasive or surgical, including physiotherapy. For example, injuries and fractures require splints, casts, or braces, while severe congenital conditions require surgical procedures.

When should I take my child to a Pediatric Orthopedician?

If you notice any concerns with your child's bones or muscles, especially after accidents or play, it's advisable to consult a pediatric orthopedician. This includes potential issues from birth, like those identified through family history or prenatal screenings, as well as acquired problems such as fractures or injuries. If your child experiences unexplained pain, changes in gait, or limping, seeking the expertise of a pediatric orthopedist is recommended.