Children are active. They love to run, jump, climb, and play. Being active and sometimes taking risks can lead to accidents and injuries. Most of the time, soap and water, a bandage and a kiss are exactly what your child needs to feel better. When there is more than just a bruise or a scratch, it can become necessary to take your child to an orthopedic specialist for more serious injuries.
In the case of fractures or other suspected injuries to bones, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon is uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat your child’s injury. Beyond even the advanced training of an orthopedic surgeon, this specialist receives further training and experience serving the needs of children with musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. Seeking treatment from an orthopedic specialist right away ensures that the child receives care that promotes optimal healing of growing bones. The alternative could have a serious impact on your child’s growth and development as he or she develops into an active adult.
There are many congenital orthopedic conditions which an orthopedic surgeon is trained to recognize and correct with the minimal possible disruption to the life of a child. There are sometimes considerations of age, weight, and bone length that must be satisfied prior to surgical correction, but the sooner your child can have their condition resolved, the more likely they are to grow and develop on the same rate as their peers.
Some congenital conditions that pediatric orthopedic surgeons treat include:
· Uneven limbs
· Limping and other gait issues
· Spine deformities like scoliosis
A pediatric orthopedic surgeon knows that children can’t always express themselves as clearly as adults. They may not describe pain in the same words, or even tell you where it hurts. The right training and experience prepares an orthopedic surgeon to put children at ease so that they find it easier to explain what hurts. Explaining tests and preparing the child for what is going to happen often falls to the healthcare provider, especially when parents or other family members are too upset. On the other side, orthopedic surgeons know how to answer the questions that parents have, as well. They will make sure that the parent understands the nature of their child’s injury and can make an informed decision about his or her care and treatment.
After receiving treatment, whether or not an injury or condition required surgery, the pediatric orthopedic surgeon will continue to monitor the child’s healing and progress. If the recovery is not progressing on time or there is an issue with a further complication, your child is in the best hands. Further treatment could involve changing the frequency or type of physical therapy, adding a brace, keeping a cast on longer, or any number of possible changes.
Watauga Orthopaedics has served the community in the Tri-Cities area since 1950. Our pediatric orthopedic surgeons understand how to address and care for the unique concerns of pediatric injuries and will help your child recover fully and get back to active play. To schedule an appointment with one of our pediatric orthopedists, call (423) 282-9011 today.