The physiology of children differs from that of adults, so they may be diagnosed and treated differently for a wide range of disorders and injuries. We receive most referrals from children’s pediatricians. However, as a parent, how do you know when to see a pediatric orthopedic therapist for your child’s orthopedic condition?
Despite the wide scope of pediatric orthopedics, conditions that require a consultation with an orthopedist generally fall into two general categories: heredity and injury.
Genetics and Birth Play a Role
The prenatal ultrasound or various neonatal screenings can detect many deformities or abnormalities, such as clubfoot, thumb anomalies, and polydactyly. A pediatric orthopedist may also be required to examine your newborn due to certain hereditary conditions. Various injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system can be treated by pediatric orthopedic therapy specialists, focusing on bones, joints, muscles, nerves, tendons, and ligaments.
Parents Should Be Aware Of Several Factors That Lead To These Conditions:
- Even if no abnormalities were detected during prenatal screening, an infant with a family history of orthopedic deformities should be evaluated by a pediatric orthopedist.
- The newborn should be evaluated by a pediatric orthopedist if a medical condition causes low fluid levels in the mother’s womb.
- The presence of scoliosis or other bone development problems can result from Down Syndrome and other genetic conditions.
- A mother who delivers a breech baby for the first time, or whose parent or sibling also delivered them breech, should get their infant tested for hip dysplasia
Musculoskeletal Conditions and Diseases Treated at the Children’s Orthopedic Clinic at Hope AMC:
Here, pediatric orthopedic doctors with extensive experience, skill and knowledge provide complete pediatric orthopedic care.
Spine Care – Children of different ages are treated by pediatric orthopaedists at Hope AMC Pediatric Orthopedic Clinic in Dubai using advanced multidisciplinary approaches. You’ll receive a wide range of treatment options, such as medications, interventional pain management, surgical procedures, physical therapies and so forth.
Hip – Children can suffer from a variety of hip disorders, including Toxic or Transient Synovitis (inflammatory reactions), Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH), Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Osteomyelitis, Septic Arthritis, Septic Bursitis, Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis, and others.
Knee – Knee pain is common in children and it can be caused by a disease called Osgood-Schlatter Disease.
Foot And Ankle – Many foot and ankle problems may arise as the children grow, including flat feet (Achilles Tendonitis) and fallen arches, plantar warts (Human Papillomavirus HPV), pain in the heels, inward- or outward-pointing toes, etc.
Hand And Wrist – Children often suffer injuries to their hands and wrists while playing or doing other activities, which require treatment by a pediatric orthopedic surgeon.
Shoulder And Elbow – Children and adolescents commonly suffer from acute and chronic overuse injuries to their shoulders and elbows.
Bone Cancer (Sarcoma) – Ewing’s Sarcoma and Osteosarcoma are common malignant bone tumors in children. Children’s Orthopedics specialists at Hope AMC offer treatment for the same.
Bone And Soft Tissue Tumors – There are two types of bone and soft tissue tumors in children: benign and malignant. Among the most common types are Ewing Sarcoma, Osteosarcoma, and Rhabdomyosarcoma.
Fractures – The bones of children are softer than those of adults, so they are prone to bending instead of breaking completely. It is common for children to suffer from incomplete fractures such as Buckle, Greenstick, and Torus Fractures.
Sports Medicine – The pediatric orthopedists treat children with injuries resulting from sports activities, exercises, etc.
We can help your child with fragile bone health if you’re looking for a pediatric orthopedic clinic in Dubai. Contact us now to schedule an appointment.