A pediatric orthopedist is the best-trained and most experienced doctor to properly evaluate and treat musculoskeletal (bone, joint, or muscle) problems in a child who is still growing. This includes newborn babies through teenagers.
Pediatric orthopedists (also called a pediatric orthopedic surgeon) can perform surgery when necessary but they also provide other kinds of treatments, like casts or limb braces.
Because children’s bodies are still growing, they have a very different joint, muscle, and bone makeup than adults. Usually, children are referred to a pediatric orthopedist by their pediatrician if issues arise.
Children’s bodies change so much throughout childhood, and parents can easily mistake growing pains for abnormalities. Hence, it is essential to consult your child’s pediatrician before seeking out a pediatric orthopedist.
Pediatric orthopedists use surgical and other medical therapies to treat children. You’ll work with your pediatric orthopedist to design a specific treatment plan for your child.
Pediatric orthopedists are specially trained in talking to children about their medical conditions. Not only do children have different physical ailments, but they also process them differently.
Pediatric orthopedic surgeons diagnose, treat, and manage children’s musculoskeletal problems including the following:
Signs and symptoms of orthopedic conditions vary and can include:
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