Pediatric Orthopedics is a specialized service that provides surgical and non-surgical treatment for various orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions affecting children of all ages.
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Ankura’s Pediatric Orthopedic department provides comprehensive care, consultation, and advanced treatment options for children with orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions using minimally invasive techniques and top-of-the-line technology.
Conditions treated at Ankura
We have a long tradition of treating children; not every orthopedic problem requires surgery and can be treated by careful and early management of the disorder. The hospital provides comprehensive treatment for a broad spectrum of children’s conditions, such as:
- Cerebral Palsy: Neuromuscular disorders include many different types of muscular dystrophies. The experts at Ankura consist of orthopedic surgeons, pediatricians, physiotherapists, and orthotists who very carefully assess these disorders and treat them with a combination of braces and surgery.
- Hand and Wrist Disorders: Experts at Ankura treat an entire spectrum of hand and wrist disorders, from congenital disabilities to trauma and sports injuries. If corrected in childhood, many congenital hand defects can prevent them from becoming big. With early diagnosis and treatment, hand function can be restored and improve the hand’s overall appearance.
- Foot & Ankle: Pediatric orthopedics in our hospital treat all foot disorders very diligently, including Clubfoot (where the hindfoot and forefoot are turned in), Flatfoot, and Neurological foot conditions. Many patients with Clubfoot can be treated non-operatively, mainly if the child is presented early.
- Hip Development Disorders: Conditions in this category consist of congenital hip dislocation, congenital coxa vara, leg-calve-perthes disease, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, developmental hip abnormalities, fractures and post-traumatic hip abnormalities, adolescent hip pain, and children’s soft tissue tumors.
- Spine Deformation: The first deformation that we treat is scoliosis. A curvature of the spine can occur in young children and adolescents. The surgeons at Ankura can correct even the severity of deformities. The second deformation is Spina Bafidi, which is caused when the vertebrae (backbone) or the fetus’s spinal cord does not develop properly. It is a widespread defect occurring in every 2nd baby out of a 100th.
- Fractures: Treatment for a small kid having a fracture is different from that of an adult. Special expertise and experience are required for treating such fractures, which the doctors at Ankura undoubtedly have.
- Poliomyelitis: It is an acute viral infectious disease spread from person to person, primarily via the fecal-oral route. Spinal polio is the most common form, characterized by asymmetric paralysis that often involves the legs. Our pediatric orthopedic specialists are highly experienced in treating those affected by polio.
With our growing success rate and technological developments, the Pediatric Orthopedics department at Ankura has grown to flourish as one among the best in the country. Our expert team of professionals and infrastructure allows us to detect problems in children very quickly with more accurate diagnosis and treatment.
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A Pediatric Orthopedic doctor is a specialist who deals with the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal issues i.e., issues of the bones, joints, or muscles which have problems in a growing child. This includes newborn babies until teenage.
Musculoskeletal issues in children are distinct from those in adults. Children’s bodies are still developing, thus their reaction to injuries, illnesses and abnormalities may vary significantly from an adult’s. Pediatric orthopedics deal with a variety of issues which include:
- Deformities of the limbs and spine might be discovered early in childhood or as the child grows older.
- Abnormalities of the gait.
- Blown ribs.
- Infections of the bones or joints, as well as tumors.
Scheduling an evaluation is recommended soon after the child experiences pain or other symptoms of an orthopedic injury or disease. Early intervention ensures that the child gets the medical attention they need to prevent additional complications.
Here is a list of conditions which are found to be common in children with orthopedic problems:
- Complex hip disorders.
- Limb deformity.
- Neuromuscular disorders.
- Pediatric fractures.
- Spinal deformity.
- Perthes disease.
- Hip Dysplasia.
- Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE).
When a limb needs to be lengthened, or a bone needs to be corrected, there are several non-surgical and surgical treatments available, depending on the severity of the issue and the history of treatments that have already been done. The doctor or orthopedic surgeon will carefully evaluate what is appropriate for the case considering the child’s age, her/his medical history, the physical examination, imaging and blood and/or nerve tests.
Every visit will be with a different purpose. The doctor would ensure that the diagnostic tests show what are the root causes of pain and other symptoms. These tests include X-rays or other imaging technologies that provide a closer look at the child’s bones and soft tissues.
Dealing with an injured or sick child can be overwhelming even for most parents. The emotion and anxiety that accompanies the situation often drives parents to seek care at the closest, fastest location. Location is important but isn’t everything. In many cases, emergency care at the community hospital or the local hospital can be delivered. In sensitive cases, it’s more important to look for hospitals specialized in pediatric orthopedics.
A Pediatric Orthopedic helps with maintaining the child’s bone health in the following way:
- They specialize in dealing with children in the most gentle way possible.
- They help in understanding bone growth in children.
- They work in collaboration with other body and pediatric specialists who can give them long-term solutions to different bone problems.
There are times when an orthopedic condition may not be detected until a child is a little older, other times children need specialized help due to an injury. Yes, regular checkups are mandatory since they not only ensure proper bone health in children, but also help in preventing any other conditions beforehand.
Even though children’s bones are more flexible than adult bones, and have excellent shock absorbing qualities – still they are prone to injury if an impact is severe. When too much force is applied to a bone, or if the force applied is more than what the bone can absorb, then it can break. These cause the phenomenon called bone trauma/fracture.
A Pediatric Orthopedic helps in detecting the early signs of bone trauma, and also provides effective healing techniques which help in diagnosing such conditions beforehand. They are specialized in dealing with children with care.
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