Children with orthopedic conditions require special care that takes into consideration their bones, joints and muscles for effective treatment that does not affect the growth and development process. Dr. Omey is specially trained in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of pediatric orthopedic conditions, and works together with parents and children to ensure happy and healthy development for all patients.
There are a variety of orthopedic conditions that specifically impact children and teens, including congenital abnormalities, childhood disease, broken bones, playground accidents, sports injuries and aches and pains associated with the growth spurts of puberty.
Depending on the type of injury or disease, children with these conditions may experience abnormal muscle tone, impaired balance, weakness, poor coordination and a decrease in functional movement, in addition to pain, swelling and bruising.
While children are at risk for many of the same injuries and conditions as adults, they are also susceptible to certain congenital conditions that may affect their ability to walk or perform other everyday tasks by themselves. While many children grow out of these conditions naturally over a certain amount of time, some may require ongoing treatment to maintain or restore function in the affected area.
Some of the most common childhood conditions include:
- Knock knees
- Club foot
- Flat foot
Dr. Omey provides specialized care to correct these deformities and allow your child to experience a happy and healthy life.
Because of the fragile nature of growing bones and joints, children are often at an increased risk of experiencing injuries such as a fracture, sprain or dislocation. Children are also usually more active than adults and likely to experience injuries or accidents during physical activity.
Fortunately, many of these injuries tend to heal easier in children because their bones are strong and flexible, allowing your child to quickly return to normal growth and activity with little to no long-term damage. Conservative treatment such as casting, rest and immobilization are often effective in treating these injuries.
Children with certain neurological conditions often experience muscle deformities or imbalances that require long-term care so that patients can experience a certain quality of life and degree of independence regardless of their condition. Dr. Omey provides treatment programs for cerebral palsy, spina bifida and muscular dystrophy, among others, to help patients gain function in affected areas.
Treatment for some of these conditions may require surgery to correct structural abnormalities, as well as ongoing physical therapy programs customized for each individual patient.
There are many treatment options available for your child’s orthopedic condition. The best treatment for your child will depend on his or her individual condition, but may include stretching exercises, casting, orthotics, physical therapy and surgery. Dr. Omey will determine the most effective treatment option for your child’s individual condition after a physical exam and thorough evaluation of the patient’s age and overall health. A personal treatment plan will be developed to ensure proper healing and continued growth and development for each child.
Many children can successfully overcome these conditions and may play sports and continue to grow unaffected. Parents should bring their child to see a doctor at the first sign of orthopedic problems in order to prevent the condition from causing permanent damage.
Parents and children can work together to prevent certain orthopedic conditions from occurring and help maintain an active and healthy life for their children through special care and activities at home. It is important to take safety precautions when participating in sports activities, including wearing protective gear when necessary, staying hydrated, stretching and playing carefully with others. Seeing a doctor on a regular basis can help detect any abnormalities as soon as possible for prompt treatment and a reduced risk of permanent damage.