Orthopedic surgeons are doctors that specialize in the musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles that make movement and daily life possible. Pediatric orthopedic surgeons diagnose, treat, and manage issues in children, such as limb and spine deformities, fractured bones, bone or joint infections, and tumors, which can occur at birth or later in life. A top child pediatric orthopedic surgeon is a doctor who has been trained and has extensive experience in evaluating and treating bone, joint, tendon, or muscle issues in children who are still growing. This includes everyone from newborns to teenagers.
A medical-surgical team approach is the best way to care for children with complex pediatric disorders. Pediatric orthopedic specialists at Medical City Children’s Orthopedics and Spine Specialists oversee your child’s musculoskeletal health, as well as their physical behavior. They’ve been educated to detect and treat a variety of childhood bone ailments and illnesses, ranging from minor health issues to life-threatening diseases.
Pediatric orthopedic surgeons have received unique training to care for your child’s health and surgery. Pediatric orthopedic surgeons have completed a three-year residency program in pediatrics after graduating from medical school. They’ll see your child several times between birth and the age of two, then once a year between the ages of two and five for wellness checkups. Your child’s pediatrician will most likely see him or her every year after the age of five for annual checks. They’re also the first people you should contact if your child has a bone problem.
Our Orthopedic Surgeons Provide the Best Care for Children
Children usually can not fully explain how they feel. They usually cannot respond to medical questions or remain patient and cooperative during a physical exam. Our pediatric orthopedic surgeons are skilled in examining and treating children in a way that helps them feel at ease. Furthermore, pediatric orthopedic surgeons frequently employ equipment that is specifically created for children.
The offices of most pediatric orthopedic surgeons are designed and decorated with children in mind. Therefore, we have waiting rooms and exam rooms, which contain toys, movies, and reading materials for children. This helps to create a secure and comfortable environment for your youngster. If your pediatrician recommends that your kid see a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, you should know that our surgeons have the expertise and training for treating children’s orthopedic issues.
Musculoskeletal disorders in children differ from those in adults. Because children are still growing, their bodies’ reactions to traumas, diseases, and malformations may differ significantly from those found in adults. In other cases, a problem in a child is only a stage of development that will pass with time. A great illustration of this is that some of the bone and joint problems that children experience as they grow up do not exist in adults.
Furthermore, even for the same problem, a child’s treatment and therapy vary significantly from that of an adult. A medical-surgical team approach is ideal for children with complex pediatric issues. Pediatric orthopedic surgeons diagnose, treat, and manage musculoskeletal issues in children, including:
- Deformities of the limbs and spine (clubfoot, scoliosis, limb length differences).
- Gait abnormalities (limping)
- Broken bones
- Infections of the bones or joints, as well as malignancies.
What Can You Expect When You Visit a Pediatric Orthopedist?
A pediatric orthopedic surgeon has the experience and qualifications to address your child’s musculoskeletal (bone) disorders. Pediatric orthopedic surgeons are known for their competence in a wide range of congenital, developmental, and traumatic problems of the bones, soft tissue, joints, and neuromuscular system in infants, children, and adolescents. It’s crucial to remember that as a parent, you want a doctor who can communicate well with children and, more significantly, who understands the complexities of children at various developmental stages.
Children’s needs differ from those of adults because their bones are still growing. It is critical that patients are treated by a qualified orthopedic specialist rather than an emergency department doctor or general surgeon at a walk-in clinic or urgent care center. Medical City Children’s Orthopedics and Spine Specialists treat the following conditions in children of all ages:
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Scoliosis and spinal injuries
- Hip disorders
- Hand surgery
- Sports injuries
- Limb deformities
- Congenital disorders
- Fractures and dislocations
It requires a lot of patience and compassion to care for children with orthopedic injuries and disorders. We care for children as if they were members of our own families. We’ll ensure that parents have complete faith in the care we deliver.
Where Can I Find a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon?
Children’s hospitals, university medical centers, and large community hospitals all employ pediatric orthopedic surgeons.
Our surgeons work on children:
Medical City Children’s Orthopedics and Spine Specialists surgeons specialize in detecting, assessing, and treating musculoskeletal issues in children. For the youngest of patients, our pediatric orthopedic doctors offer a full spectrum of corrective treatments and surgeries. Trauma and fractures, as well as complex problems such as congenital hand/arm differences, hip preservation, limb lengthening and reconstruction, musculoskeletal oncology, spine conditions, and adapted sports medicine, are all treated in our specialty programs. Our pediatric orthopedic surgeons also conduct clinical and basic scientific research to improve the safety and quality of surgery.
For pediatric, teen, and young adult patients, our specialists provide expert care for a wide range of orthopedic disorders. From a baby with a congenital issue to a teenager with scoliosis, or an athletic accident, to a young adult with a limb length discrepancy, and everything in between, our acknowledged professionals treat children of all ages and orthopedic conditions. Our team’s success is built on a thorough awareness of the entire body’s difficulties, as well as an understanding of each patient’s functional requirements and needs — all while keeping lines of communication open.
Helping Kids Feel Well
Learning how to support a child with an orthopedic ailment is one of the most important things parents can do. Children might experience anxiety and despair as a result of injuries, diseases, and medical conditions, and knowing how to help them is a vital role for parents to play. Do not delay seeking assistance from your child’s orthopedist or pediatrician. These people have a lot of experience working with kids who have had similar issues, so they should guide you through what is likely unfamiliar territory for you. You know your child better than anyone else—their concerns, anxieties, and comforts—and sharing this information with their medical team can help them care for them better.
To discover the core cause of pain, pediatric orthopedists can perform a number of tests on bones, joints, and muscles. These tests differ depending on the joint. The anterior and posterior drawer tests, as well as valgus and varus stress tests on the ligaments of the knee, are examples of pediatric orthopedic exams. These are preliminary tests that show the presence of problems with the knee’s ligaments and should require further testing to get a definitive diagnosis. The straight leg test can assess the lower leg’s sensitive nerves, range of motion, and strength.
Children are Resilient
There is nothing that frightens a parent more than a sick or injured child. Fortunately, the majority of orthopedic problems in children are very transient. The ability of a child’s bones to heal after damage, recover from injury, and endure therapies is remarkable. Parents are best served by taking their children’s illnesses seriously, ensuring that they receive the appropriate care, and then listening to their children to ensure that they receive the emotional support they need to recover.
To care for your child and support your family, our well-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeons collaborate with nurses, nurse practitioners, physical and occupational therapists, orthotic and prosthetic specialists, social workers, and child-life specialists in a family-centered environment. As such, your child has access to world-class medical care at Medical City Children’s Orthopedics and Spine Specialists with offices in Dallas, Arlington, Frisco, and McKinney, Texas.
We understand your concerns regarding your child’s comfort, function, self-esteem, and school experience. As such, we adopt a holistic approach to care and planning as we address the injury or orthopedic condition. We communicate with your child as well as you when we explain what we’re going to do. Furthermore, we will explain what you will need to do after the procedure. Our pediatric orthopedists are very available. Please schedule an appointment as soon as possible. You will have the appointment within a week of your call, if not sooner.