What is Pediatric Orthopedics?
Pediatric Orthopedics is a subspecialty within Orthopedic Surgery that treats bone and joint conditions in children from birth to adolescence. Since children are growing, the evaluation and treatment required for them can be quite different than that required for an adult, even for the same condition or injury.
Some conditions in children are normal variations that will resolve with time, while other conditions require an active treatment approach. This may involve a period of observation, casting, bracing, physiotherapy or surgery. This often means providing care to children and supporting families throughout the course of treatment, which may be for many years in a growing child.
Many of the most common pediatric orthopedic conditions are listed here with information and helpful resources for parents and caregivers.