Managing Childhood or Pediatric Orthopedic Conditions in Pune
Children are prone to many types of orthopedic problems. Whether it is a broken bone after a fall off while playing, or a sore knee from too much sports activity, or a growth abnormality that causes a parent to be concerned, pediatric orthopedic surgeons in Pune are experts in the care of bone and joint problems in children.
Not every bone problem requires the care of a pediatric orthopedic specialist. Many problems are well taken care of by general orthopedists, pediatricians, or emergency care providers. However, when the problem is more complex, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon may be called in to help.
Pediatric orthopedic surgeons have received specialty training in the management of bone and joint problems in children.
Sometimes we think of children as just small adults. With bones, that is definitely not the case. Children’s bones are very different as they are quickly growing, and the bone is rapidly developing. A child’s bone is more elastic as it can bend, without breaking all the way through and it has a capacity to remodel over time.
Another factor is that children often are unable to express their symptoms in a way that can be easily understood. Very young children may not have developed language skills, and older children may have difficulty communicating even if they do know the words they are trying to say. Orthopedic Doctors at Ranka Hospital, Pune treat young children effectively and are skilled in extracting information about a child’s condition, even in situations where they may not be able to ask simple medical questions, such as “where does it hurt?”
When a child is injured or has been diagnosed with an orthopedic condition, parents and loved ones can help to support the child through the healing process. Ensuring the child has access to appropriate treatments and that they receive emotional support are critical aspects of care for kids. Some of the more common conditions seen in children include:
- Broken bones
- Spinal deformities (scoliosis)
- Limping and gait abnormalities
- Infections of bones and joints
- Painful joints after sports and activity
In addition, there are some orthopedic conditions that occur in specific age groups.
- Conditions in newborns
- Conditions in toddlers
When treating a child with an orthopedic condition, it is important to not only understand the options for treatment of the particular problem, but are there long term issues related to the condition? Does the child need to restrict activities? If so, how so and for how long? Should one avoid sports, running, or jumping? Is the condition likely to lead to long-term problems or require further treatment?
Helping Children Feel Well
One of the most important things parents, and other family and friends, can do for kids with an orthopedic ailment is learn how to support their child. Injuries, illnesses, and medical conditions can cause anxiety and depression in kids, and knowing how to support children is an important role for parents to take.
Foremost, do not be afraid to ask for help from your child’s orthopedic specialist or their pediatrician. These individuals have vast experience working with kids who have faced similar problems and should be able to help you navigate what is likely new territory for you. In the same light, don’t hesitate to tell medical professionals how you think your child can be helped. You know your child better than anyone else—their fears, their anxieties, their comforts—and sharing this with their medical team can help them take better care of your child.
Some simple tips to help with a child facing an orthopedic treatment:
- Encourage your child to ask questions, and address those questions seriously
- Reinforce brave behaviors with praise
- Don’t say “it won’t hurt” unless it won’t hurt
- Be supportive, comforting, and encouraging, a hug and a smile can go a long way