East Tennessee Pediatric Orthopedics
Doctors Knowledgeable in Treating Muscle & Joint Paint in Children
Being active is part of being a child. From the moment children learn to
take their first steps, they are in motion. Climbing, running, swinging,
tumbling, jumping in school, sports, gymnastics, cheerleading, karate
and a multitude of other activities. Activity is great for children, but
as we all know, it can cause injuries.
The medical field that deals with the diagnosis, correction and treatment
of the body's musculoskeletal system, our bones, joints, ligaments,
tendons, muscles and nerves that allow our bodies to move, is called orthopedics.
Pediatric orthopedists and orthopedic surgeons are doctors who are experienced
with properly identifying and treating bone, joint, or muscle problems
in children who are still growing.
Differences between Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics
Because children are still growing, their bodies' reactions to injuries,
deformities and infections can be different from adults. For example,
when a child breaks a bone the fractures have the potential of causing
injury to the growth centers of their skeleton, which could permanently
stunt their growth if not treated. Growth can even cause certain problems
with their bones and joints, such as toes turned inward; issues adults
don't have to deal with. Even when a child does experience the same
problem as an adult, the assessment and treatment of that problem is usually
quite different for them.
Not only are children's bodies different from adults, they also vary
in their ability to answer medical questions or be cooperative when a
doctor tries to determine what is wrong. Children can be too young to
talk or are so nervous they choose not to talk. As a result, they are
not always able to say what is bothering them or help identify problems.
Fortunately, pediatric orthopedists and orthopedic surgeons are trained
to examine and treat children in ways that will help them relax and work
with the doctor to achieve the most accurate diagnosis.
Conditions Treated by Orthopedic Surgeons
Pediatric orthopedic surgeons and doctors care for children with broken
bones, but also with a wide range of other congenital, developmental and
traumatic conditions such as:
- Torn tendons and dislocations
- Overuse and sports injuries
- Leg and arm length differences
- Neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida
- Orthopedic trauma
- Hereditary conditions such as club feet
- Hand injuries
- Hip deformation or misalignment
- Bone and joint infections
In treating children, pediatric orthopedic doctors at East Tennessee Children's
Hospital apply many methods including observing a child's growth,
physical therapy, braces and splints and surgery. In some cases, our doctors
and surgeons will work in partnership with other orthopedic experts to
ensure a child receives the best possible care. At Children's Hospital,
our goal is to ensure children have the finest treatment available to
keep them running, swinging, tumbling, and jumping.