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Introduction

Pediatric Orthopedics

Pediatric Orthopedics is a specialist service which provides surgical and non-surgical treatment for conditions affecting children.
Our expert team of physicians, therapists, orthotist and nurses specializes in treating babies and children with congenital, developmental and acquired musculoskeletal conditions.
The Department of Pediatric Orthopaedics offers a great range of state-of-the-art services for children and adolescents in a compassionate and caring environment. We are world-known for full service, family-centered care to children with musculoskeletal conditions. Our pediatric orthopedic specialists treat everything from simple fractures that need a cast to intricate spine and hip deformities that call for major operations.
A child’s musculoskeletal problems are different from those of an adult. Because children are still growing, their body’s response to injuries, infections, and deformities may be quite different than what it would be seen in a full-grown person. Sometimes, what is thought to be a problem is just a variation of growth that will resolve with time. Many of the problems children have with their bones and joints do not even occur in adults. And, for the same problem that an adult might have, the evaluation and treatment are usually quite different for a child. Children with complex pediatric problems such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida are best managed by a combined medical-surgical team approach.

Children are not just small adults. They cannot always say what is bothering them or answer medical questions, or be patient and cooperative during a medical examination. Pediatric orthopedic surgeons know how to examine and treat children in a way to help them be relaxed and cooperative. They appreciate the worry that goes with having a child with a musculoskeletal problem and they have experience in communicating with anxious family members.

Treatment

Children with complex pediatric problems are best managed by a medical-surgical team approach. Pediatric orthopaedic surgeons diagnose, treat, and manage children’s musculoskeletal problems, such as:

  • Limb and spine deformities noted at birth or later in life (clubfoot, scoliosis, limb length differences)
  • Gait abnormalities (limping)
  • Broken bones
  • Bone or joint infections and tumors
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