FAQ

How can I get more information about OrthoPediatrics’ products?

Visit our product pages to learn more about the offerings in Trauma & Deformity, Spine and Sports Medicine. You can also request additional literature from our team by completing the request form on the “Contact Us” page!

Where can I find more information about my child’s condition?

Learn more about orthopedic conditions by talking to your child’s primary care physician or Pediatric Orthopedic surgeon. You can also find great information at www.orthokids.org or www.kidshealth.org.

Does my child need to see a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon?

Consult with your child’s primary care physician to find the best solution for your child.

A child’s orthopedic problems are different than those of an adult. Because children are still growing, their body’s response to injuries, infections and deformities may be quite different than what would it would be in a full-grown person. Many of the problems children have with their bones and joints don’t even occur in adults. Even for the same problem that an adult might have, the evaluation and treatment is usually quite different in a child. Pediatric orthopedists spend five years after medical school learning about all of orthopedics. They then spend another year concentrating on the special problems and needs of children. It is often more difficult to examine, talk to and figure out what is wrong with children, compared with adults. This is especially true when the child is very young. Pediatric orthopedists are experts in treating children due to their specialized training. A pediatric orthopedists office is often set up specifically to deal with children and therefore is friendlier and less threatening to young patients. They also have a lot of experience taking care of anxious parents and grandparents, and know about the worry that goes along with having a child with an orthopedic problem.

What is the Definition of a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon?

Children are not just small adults. This is especially true when it comes to childrens’ bones and joints, and the problems they can have with their musculoskeletal system. A pediatric orthopedist is the best-trained and most experienced doctor to properly evaluate and treat bone or joint or muscle problems in a child who is still growing. A pediatric orthopedic surgeon is a doctor who takes care of children with musculoskeletal problems. That means any child with a bone, joint, or muscle problem or disease and certain nerve problems and diseases. If your child has something wrong with his or her arms, legs, hands, feet or spine, a pediatric orthopedist is most likely to be the most appropriate doctor to see. Examples of things Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeons address include:

  • Abnormalities in how children walk
  • Differences in limb lengths
  • Deformities that are present at birth such as clubfeet and dislocated hips
  • Movement disorders, such as Cerebral Palsy
  • Deformities that develop later in childhood such as curved spines (scoliosis)
  • Injuries resulting from Sports and Athletics
  • Broken bones or other traumatic injuries
  • Infections in bones or joints
  • Tumor in bones

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