Pediatric orthopedic surgeon is a physician who deals with the prevention, treatment and elimination of a variety of congenital and acquired deformities of children’s musculoskeletal system.
For caring parents it is necessary to monitor the health of a child since the birth. Harmonious development of musculoskeletal system is the key to a child’s health for the whole lifetime.
That is why you should visit pediatric orthopedic surgeon in 3, 6, 9 months and in a year. Scheduled visits check the normal development and correct the violation of the support – motor apparatus in time. Treatment is appointed in accordance with the analysis, causes and severity of the disease. It could be massage, physiotherapy, acupuncture, manual therapy, exercises at the gym, the use of individual orthopedic insoles.
Many pediatric orthopedists work with newborns, because childbirth can injure babies.
When pediatric orthopedic surgeon cures newborns
- Skin and hypodermic tissue damages during a birth (bruises, scratches, bleeding, etc.) They are usually not dangerous and require only local treatment to prevent infection. They usually disappear after 5 – 7 days.
- Muscle damage. The most common birth defects are the damage of sternoclavicular muscle, hemorrhage or rupture. Damaged area is determined by a small, moderately dense and cramped tumor, slightly painful during the palpation. Sometimes it is detected only at the end of the 1st week of life when torticollis starts to develop: the baby’s head is tilted toward the damaged muscle, and the chin is turned in the opposite direction.
- Birth trauma of a skeletal system. The reasons mostly are false obstetric actions. Fractures of clavicle, humerus and femur are the most widespread in these cases. All types of fracture diagnosis should be first confirmed radiographically.
Important tips for children 1-5 years old
More elder age is characterized by the disturbance of locomotive system and flat-footedness. In order to avoid such problems, pediatric orthopedists share the following pieces of advice.
- Children’s shoes should have a hard heel.
- The sole should be flexible in the toe area and a rigid between the heel and toe.
- The toe should slightly go up.
- The heel is not needed at all. It is permissible in kid’s shoes to have no more than 8 mm heel
- It is not necessary to put insoles for preventing flat feet. If they are in the shoes, they should be cut and thrown away.
Take into account that regularly visiting pediatric orthopedist you provide your child with comfortable and happy life.