The first steps of a baby make us not only happy for the little one perceiving the world, but also worried about the risk of various injuries. All the parents are aware of the importance of pediatric orthopedics, while the area of the work of a pediatric orthopedic traumatologist is a mystery for many parents.
An orthopedic traumatologist is the doctor who works in the area of prevention, diagnostics and treatment of locomotor apparatus of children, congenital pathologies and acquired injuries. The specialty is the part of the surgical direction, as most pathologies and injuries need surgical treatment.
Pediatric orthopedic traumatologists with considerable practical experience and knowledge based on the evidence-based medicine and corresponding to the international protocols work with patients at Dobrobut clinic chain.
Human skeleton is developed from the birth of a baby until the age of 22. Disorders can emerge at every stage that is why a consultation by an orthopedic traumatologist can be needed during any period of growth and development of a child.
A baby has the first check-up by an orthopedic traumatologist already in a maternity clinic just after birth, as abnormal formation of musculoskeletal system can be the result of injuries. However, not every maternity clinic has a pediatric orthopedist, in most cases a newborn baby is examined by a neonatologist that might not notice some orthopedic pathologies. That is why a consultation by an orthopedic traumatologist is needed
Even an absolutely healthy baby is not safe from the development of orthopedic diseases because of the anatomic and physiologic characteristics. For example, the skeleton of preschool children is more amenable to various external influences than the skeleton of senior children. Forced loads of the child’s musculo-skeletal system during long periods of standing or sitting in an uncomfortable position, lifting and carrying of heavy objects by a child can cause deformities of feet and vertebral column.
Uneven development of the core, when a child sits improperly and has a slouch can cause pathologies. Such disorders are often characteristic for younger schoolchildren, as deep back muscles responsible for support of the vertebral column are not strong enough when a child is 6 or 7 years old.
The load on the musculoskeletal system of adolescents rises sharply, as endocrine changes affect the skeletal growth. As a result, bones of adolescents expand rapidly, and building-up of the muscle mass needs more time that provokes postural disorders, scoliosis and other more serious pathologies.
Planned orthopedic consultations take place within the first year of the baby’s life at the age of 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 1 year. Planned preventive examinations should be performed before the enrollment to a kindergarten or a school, and also during puberty (sexual maturation of an adolescent).
Dobrobut clinic chain specialists not only help to timely diagnose the disease and prescribe a corrective treatment but also find an approach to every child taking into account his or her character and particularities. They also teach parents on the measures of locomotor apparatus disease prevention that will help a child to grow healthy, active and vivacious.
Modern pediatric orthopedics and traumatology have made it possible to treat many pathologies and states that affect the development of your child and can impair his or her quality of life in future. Dobrobut offers treatment of the whole host of diseases provoked by locomotor apparatus disorders.
Besides preventive orthopedic examinations or the cases of the referral from a pediatric physician, some visual factors and collateral situations have to become “red flags” for parents. Some of them are more obvious: for example, if a child was injured, and other less noticeable cases that require timely diagnostics and treatment.
Torticollis, hip dysplasia and clubfoot (eversion or inversion of the foot) are among the most common congenital pathologies of children less than one year of age.
Myogenic torticollis (congenital) and positional torticollis (acquired) can be suspected if some signs are present that take some time to manifest (while a baby and a mom are in a maternity clinic), but within a few weeks after the birth of a child.
The following symptoms manifesting within the first weeks of baby’s life can indicate the presence of the muscular infant torticollis, when the baby’s head holds a forced curved position:
Hip dysplasia of a child can emerge influenced by a number of factors:
The sooner the pathology is revealed and the relevant corrective measures are taken, the more effective they are. Hip dysplasia of children older than 1 year progresses rarely, but advanced dysplasia can affect the development of the whole locomotor apparatus of the child and impact the quality of life in future.
Only an experienced pediatric orthopedist can determine the accurate diagnosis, however, there are signs that will help a mom to suspect the development of the pathology:
You can suspect the clubfoot of a child less than one year of age if:
Any visual curvature of leg joints can be the reason to consult a pediatric orthopedist: X bain or bowleg.
A consultation is also needed if:
Walking on tiptoes is also a red flag and a reason to see an orthopedist if:
Flat foot of children can be not only acquired but also congenital. It is difficult for parents to determine if their child under 3 years of age has this problem, that is why a consultation of an orthopedic traumatologist is required to exclude the pathology or to provide a corrective treatment.
The following symptoms can be the reason to visit a doctor:
Specialists of Dobrobut clinic chain will provide the corrective treatment of children’s flat foot and give their recommendations on preventive measures.
An orthopedic traumatologist will help in diagnosing and choosing the correct treatment in case of the following diseases and conditions:
A visit to a pediatric traumatologist is urgent in case of child injuries that unfortunately happen rather often. It is strictly forbidden to postpone a visit to a doctor, as this can result in improper regenerative process, and the treatment will take much more time.
You should urgently consult an orthopedic traumatologist in the following cases:
Orthopedic traumatologists of Dobrobut clinic chain successfully treat the following diseases and conditions resulting from injuries:
Various instrumental diagnostic techniques are applied to diagnose orthopedic problems of a child. Dobrobut clinical chain has all conditions to provide young patients with the possibility to undergo an examination as fast and comfortable as possible.
After a consultation, a specialist will determine the most informative diagnostic technique for your child. Modern medical equipment of the clinic chain guarantees the accuracy of the diagnosis.
Modern techniques and usage of the most advanced equipment allow to perform
Arthroscopic equipment allows not only to reveal but also to treat intraarticular traumas and diseases using small punctures. The equipment allows to perform the procedure applying minimally invasive technique that expedites recovery and does not leave cosmetic defects on the body (scars, adhesions).
Specialists of Dobrobut clinic chain use modern effective techniques supported by the evidence-based medicine and corresponding to the international protocols for treatment of children’s orthopedic diseases.
We use the following treatment methods, among others:
Multidimensional approach to diagnostics and treatment of the diseases and strong partnership with the doctors of other medical areas are important to resolve various orthopedic problems. Experienced orthopedic traumatologists will select an individual treatment based on the character of the disease and individual characteristics of child’s development.
After an injury or a treatment of an orthopedic disease of a child, the rehabilitation period is the most complicated time for the child and the parents. It is required to regain the lost functions or bring them as close to normal as possible. The rehabilitation process is long and complicated, its success totally depends on your and your child’s perseverance and diligence in adhering the doctors recommendations.
Competent rehabilitation therapists of Dobrobut clinic chain will choose an individual complex of recreational procedures that will help in returning to favorite activities. It is very important to support and to motivate a child, especially a little one, that does not understand the importance of rehabilitation, in order to get back to normal life for the whole family sooner.
Exercise therapy is effectively used for treatment and prevention of various congenital and acquired diseases of children’s locomotor apparatus. It is difficult to practice physical exercises with a child, but it is very important, as the technique is used not only for treatment, correction and prevention of musculoskeletal diseases, but also inculcates a child into the habits of healthy lifestyle.
Exercise therapy allows to prevent the development of orthopedic disorders, to uniformly strengthen various sets of child’s muscles, to increase the generation of synovial fluid necessary for joint mobility, to improve coordination of movements, etc. It is important to do remedial exercises regularly and correctly, and an experienced physical therapist will choose them and teach you and your child.
Ponseti method of treatment of congenital clubfoot is used at Dobrobut clinic chain. The advantage of the technique is as follows: a distorted child’s foot undergoes nonsurgical correction. That means that Ponseti method is an alternative to traumatizing surgical interventions applied earlier, today the former method is recognized the gold standard of the global orthopedics in clubfoot treatment.
The method is based upon plastering of a foot; tenotomy (incision of the Achilles tendon) can be applied to improve the correction. The procedure is not complicated and is performed on a child under local anesthesia, and a tendon is completely recovered but with the properly formed foot position. The difference of the method is that the correction is very fast. Modern procedure technique allows to completely correct a baby’s foot deformity in
In some cases a surgical intervention (the link for the landing on orthopedics and surgery) is required to treat congenital pathologies of locomotor apparatus and injuries.
Timely detection of a child’s disease and further applying of correct measures depends not only on parents and their timely visit to an experienced specialist. Complex approach to diagnostics and treatment guarantees fast and positive results. That is why communications between high-class specialists of connected specialties at Dobrobut clinic chain is established on the highest level.
Often a lot of medical specialist, sometimes subject matter experts, are needed to resolve the problem’s with child’s health. Dobrobut clinic chain has the team of specialists that will come to help you and your child; the team includes not only the specialists in orthopedics and traumatology, but also the doctors of other specialties:
Specialists of Dobrobut clinic chain are qualified doctors who understand the importance of complex approach of care for children’s health, both physical and psychological. All the specialists have considerable practical experience of treatment of children with locomotor impairments based on the evidence-based medicine.
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