Pediatric Orthopedic Frequently Asked Questions

The Medical City Children’s Hospital Pediatric Orthopedic Program is a comprehensive program offering specialized trauma, spine and general pediatric orthopedic care.

How Common are Orthopedic Injuries?

If you have kids, you know that injuries are just part of growing up and in fact are extremely common. Pediatric orthopedic injuries include:

  • Soft tissue injuries, such as bruising
  • Muscle injuries
  • Ligament injuries
  • Broken bones
    • By age 18, 50% of all boys and 33% of all girls will break a bone

What are the Most Common Causes of Orthopedic Injuries?

As with broken bones, the most common reasons children visit pediatric orthopedists include:

  • Playing on monkey bars and falling on an outstretched arm (ages 4-8)
    • Causes elbow, forearm and wrist fractures
  • Jumping on a trampoline with another person
  • Contact sports like football and aerial sports like gymnastics and competitive cheer

How Can Children Avoid Tendinitis and Inflammation of Growth Plates?

Tendinitis (severe swelling of a tendon, which is a flexible band of tissue connecting muscles to bones) and inflamed growth plates (the growing tissue near the ends of the long bones in children and adolescents) usually occur from overuse, or repeated injury to one area, such as tennis elbow or pitcher’s shoulder. The best ways to avoid these types of injuries are:

  • Stretching …
  • … stretching
  • …and more stretching!

Preteens and teens, especially, tend to develop overuse injuries because their muscles are very tight, particularly their hamstrings and calf muscles. Following a full stretching program can decrease risk for these injuries, as well as sprains and strains.

What is the Treatment for Clubfoot?

Clubfoot is a medical condition that children are born with, and left untreated will make it difficult, if not impossible, for a child to walk. The earlier treatment begins, the better. There are two treatment options for children with clubfoot:

  • The Ponseti method involves a series of casts designed to manipulate and correct the growth of the foot and may eliminate the need for surgery or make surgery less invasive
  • Surgery, which can correct the condition alone or in conjunction with the Ponseti method

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