Paediatric Orthopaedic service

Paediatric Orthopaedic service

Paediatric Orthopaedic services refers to a medical branch that deals with diagnosis and treatment of joint, muscle and bone problems in children. Doctors who specialize in this field are known as Paediatric Orthopaedists or Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Orthopaedic problems are common in children and young adults due to their rapid growth that affects the skeletal system. Musculoskeletal problems in children are different from those in adults and require a different treatment approach.

A Paediatric Orthopaedist has expertise in treating children from infants to teenagers. They use various treatment options like casts, braces and surgery to correct bone and joint related conditions affecting children of all ages.

Some of the common Paediatric Orthopaedic conditions that occur due to trauma include pain in joints, fractures and torn muscles.

Musculoskeletal conditions present in children since birth or those that occur during their developmental years include:

  • Bow legged knee
  • Club foot
  • Flat feet
  • Limb length discrepancy
  • Developmental dysplasia of the hip(DDH)
  • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE)
  • Disorders of bone growth
  • Spine deformities
  • Musculoskeletal tumours

Musculoskeletal problems with childhood growth and development are usually first noticed by the parents and paediatricians, who then refer them to a Paediatric Orthopaedist who is a part of the Paediatric Orthopaedic Department. Some of the services offered in this department at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Indore include:

  • Out-patient management of non-emergency orthopaedic conditions.
  • Dedicated paediatric ward.
  • Club Foot treatment using the Ponseti method of treatment which involves manipulating the foot into a better condition and then putting it into a cast.
  • Spina Bifida treatment that involves surgery for Myelomeningocele within 72 hours of birth.
  • Cerebral Palsy Clinic that offers various therapies and surgical solutions like soft tissue and bone surgery and selective dorsal rhizotomy.
  • Neonatal Hip Screening using dynamic ultrasound to check for developmental dysplasia of the hip.
  • Limb Reconstruction & Deformity Correction Clinic using Ilizarov / Orthofix fixators and ‘8’ plate epiphysiodesis for correction of angular deformities.