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Pediatric Orthopaedic

Who is a Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon?

A pediatric orthopaedist is the trained and experienced doctor to properly evaluate and treat musculoskeletal (bone, joint, or muscle) problems in a child who is still growing. This includes newborn babies through teenagers.

What kind of training do pediatric orthopaedic surgeons have?
Pediatric orthopaedic surgeons have the following education and training:
• Graduated from an approved medical school (typically four years)
• Graduated from an approved orthopaedic surgery residency program
(typically five years)
• Completed additional subspecialty training in pediatric orthopaedics
(typically one to two years)

What types of problems do pediatric orthopaedic surgeons treat? How are they different from adults?

A child's musculoskeletal problems are different from those of an adult. Because children are still growing, the body's response to injuries, infections, and deformities may be quite different than what would be seen in a full-grown person.

Sometimes, what is thought to be a problem in a child is just a variation of growth that will resolve with time (e.g. intoeing in a toddler).

Some of the bone and joint problems in children are due to growth which do not even occur in adults.

In addition, the evaluation and treatment of a child is usually quite different than for an adult-even for the same problem.

Pediatric orthopaedic surgeons diagnose, treat, and manage children's musculoskeletal problems, such as:

• Limb and spine deformities noted at birth or later in life (clubfoot, DDH, scoliosis, limb length differences)
• Gait abnormalities (limping)
• Broken bones
• Bone or joint infections and tumors

Pediatric orthopaedic surgeons: Specialty care for children

Children are not just small adults. They cannot always say what is bothering them, or answer medical questions, or be patient and cooperative during a medical examination.

Pediatric orthopaedic surgeons know how to examine and treat children in a way that helps them to be relaxed and cooperative.

They also appreciate the worry that goes with having a child with a musculoskeletal problem and they have experience in communicating with anxious family members.



Dr. Gaurav Gupta
MS Orthopaedic Surgery
Fellowship in Paediatric Orthopaedics at OrthoKids Clinic, Ahmedabad, INDIA
Fellowship in Paediatric Orthopaedics at Nagoya, JAPAN
Observership at Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard University, Boston, USA


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