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Children have special needs when suffering from orthopedic conditions, and an experienced orthopedic with pediatric training is essential. Our pediatric orthopaedists have the widest range of treatment options and extensive training to help with your child's orthopedic issues.
Children are not just small adults. This is especially true when it comes to children's bones and joints, and the problems they can have with their musculoskeletal system. A pediatric orthopaedist is the best-trained and most experienced doctor to properly evaluate and treat bone or joint or muscle problems in a child who is still growing.
In addition to the information we are providing on this page, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) provides more information for parents about children with pediatric orthopaedic problems at OrthoKids.org.
What is a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon?
A pediatric orthopaedic surgeon is a doctor who takes care of children with musculoskeletal problems. That means any child with a bone, joint, or muscle problem or disease and certain nerve problems and diseases.
Many children unfortunately receive injuries as a result of accidents or sports, the most common of which are sprains, muscle strains, dislocations, fractures and ligament tears. Because of the differences from adults, it is best to seek the help of an experienced pediatric orthopaedist to address these types of injuries. In more serious situations children need help with conditions such as flat feet, spinal deformities, foot and ankle conditions and toe walking.
In addition, children may suffer from other abnormalities and other conditions that demand the attention of a pediatric orthopedic specialist. If your child has something wrong with his or her arms, legs, hands, feet or spine, a pediatric orthopaedist is most likely to be the most appropriate doctor to see. Pediatric orthopaedists take care of:
- Abnormalities in how children walk
- Differences in leg lengths
- Deformities that are present at birth such as clubfeet and dislocated hips
- Deformities that develop later in childhood such as crooked legs and curved spines (scoliosis)
A pediatric orthopedist also takes care of acute problems such as:
- Broken bones
- Infections in bones or joints
- Tumor in bones
How are Children's Conditions Different from Adults?
A child's orthopaedic problems are different than those of an adult. Because children are still growing, their body's response to injuries, infections and deformities may be quite different than what would it would be in a full-grown person. Many of the problems children have with their bones and joints don't even occur in adults. Even for the same problem that an adult might have, the evaluation and treatment is usually quite different in a child.
How are Pediatric Orthopedics Trained?
Pediatric orthopedists spend five years after medical school learning about all of orthopaedics. They then spend another year concentrating on the special problems and needs of children. It is often more difficult to examine, talk to and figure out what is wrong with children, compared with adults. This is especially true when the child is very young.
Pediatric orthopaedists are experts in treating children due to their specialized training. A pediatric orthopaedists office is often set up specifically to deal with children and therefore is friendlier and less threatening to young patients. They also have a lot of experience taking care of anxious parents and grandparents, and know about the worry that goes along with having a child with an orthopedic problem.
Our practice is dedicated to providing quality care for children with orthopedic problems so they can grow up to be healthy, happy and productive individuals. In fact, Dr. Lyall Ashberg at Atlantis Orthopaedics is trained in this field. In addition to being a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in pediatric orthopaedic surgery, minimally invasive hip preservation surgery including hip arthroscopy and robotic (MAKO) hip joint replacement, Dr. Ashberg is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and the Scoliosis Research Society.
You can read more about some of the orthopedic needs of children that we can address at Atlantis Orthopaedics.