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Pediatric Orthopedics

Pediatric Orthopedics services offered in Atlantis, Boynton Beach, Wellington and Boca Raton, FL

Whether your child is injured on the playground, suffers a sports injury, or has an inherited orthopedic condition, you can depend on the compassionate and comprehensive care provided by the pediatric orthopedics team at the Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County in Atlantis, Boynton Beach, and Wellington, Florida. Their pediatric specialists have extensive experience in children’s musculoskeletal problems. They also have a natural ability to connect with young patients, easing their anxiety and making a difficult time easier to manage. Call the nearest office today or request an appointment online to get exceptional pediatric orthopedic care.

Pediatric Orthopedics Q & A

What is pediatric orthopedics?

Pediatric orthopedics involves diagnosing, treating, and preventing musculoskeletal problems in children and teenagers. Your Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County specialist understands that children can’t be treated like small adults. Their needs are specific to their age and developmental stage.

The team’s expertise and natural ability to connect with kids allows them to identify the problem even when children can’t explain what’s bothering them. They can answer kids’ medical questions in a way they can understand.

Which conditions are included in pediatric orthopedics?

The pediatric team treats every type of orthopedic injury and disease. A few examples include:

  • Scoliosis
  • Sports injuries
  • Ankle sprains
  • Flatfoot
  • Clubfoot
  • In-toeing and out-toeing
  • Kyphosis
  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Shoulder instability
  • Limb deformities
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Leg length differences
  • Bone and joint infections
  • Inherited conditions
  • Fractures

Children’s bones are more porous and flexible than adults’ bones. The pediatrics team uses this knowledge and their expertise to treat fractures that don’t occur in adults, like:

Growth plate fractures

Growth plates are at the ends of the long bones in children’s arms and legs. Since growth plates are weaker than the rest of the bone, they fracture before the bone does, creating an injury that needs prompt treatment to ensure that it doesn’t affect your child’s growth.

Buckle fractures

Buckle fractures (torus fractures) happen when pressure compresses one side of the bone, making the other side bend away from the growth plate.

Greenstick fractures

A greenstick fracture involves a break that goes partially through the bone, causing the other side to bend. 

What symptoms indicate the need for pediatric orthopedics?

Orthopedic conditions cause the same symptoms in children as adults, including: 

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Limited movement
  • Inability to use the arm or leg

You might also notice that your child spends less time playing or engaging in activities they usually enjoy.

Which treatments are used in pediatric orthopedics?

Orthopedic treatments for children can include limiting or changing their activities and immobilizing their injuries with braces, splints, or casts. 

Children might need customized orthotics, physical therapy, or occupational therapy. In some cases, they’ll need surgery to realign a fracture or treat scoliosis.

Your Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County provider explains your child’s condition, discusses all the possible treatments, and helps you make the best decision for restoring their health.

Call the Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County today or connect online if you have questions about pediatric orthopedics or need to schedule an appointment.