Pediatric Othopedics

What is Pediatric Orthopedics?

As parents although we may have used expressions such as "10 going on 40" from time to time, we must realize that our children are far from just miniature adults. This is especially true of their developing bones and muscles. The medical science of orthopedics concerns itself with injury and diseases of the Musculoskeletal System. The Pediatric Orthopedist specializes in the conditions specific to the bones, joints and muscles of children and the unique characteristics of these structures in the maturing body.

According to Dr. Jonathan Camp, MD, founder of Children's Bone & Spine Surgery, children present special challenges to the orthopedic practitioner because, "...they often require different treatment options than used for adults. The unique attributes of the immature anatomy mean we have to take into account growing bones with open growth plates, more sensitive articular cartilage, and injuries related to growth spurts."

Pediatric orthopedic surgeons will typically focus their practices on bone deformities, club foot, hip problems, leg-length discrepancies, fractures, sports related injuries, bone infections, and neurologic disorders such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida.

One of the most common skeletal deformities treated by Pediatric Orthopedic surgeons is scoliosis, more commonly referred to as "curvature of the spine". The condition effects about 3% of children under the age of 16. Sometimes the curve in the back remains relatively minor and does not progress. But the condition can worsen as the child grows especially in females, creating a visible deformity, requiring the intervention of a Pediatric Orthopedic surgeon, skilled in operative and non-operative treatment of Scoliosis. Using the latest pediatric orthopedic techniques available from bracing to advanced surgical procedures, most cases of scoliosis can be controlled or corrected.

Whether your child is facing a progressive and deforming condition such as scoliosis or a traumatic injury, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeons, their nurses and assistants are specially trained to deal with the extraordinary needs of a child’s growing body, and the emotional needs of their anxious families.


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