At Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center, our specialty-trained pediatric orthopedic doctors are recognized experts in providing evaluation and treatment for a variety of pediatric orthopedic injuries and conditions.
Musculoskeletal problems can occur at any age, and some are present even at birth. Pediatric orthopedic surgeons play a vital role in addressing the musculoskeletal health of children, including the diagnosis and treatment of various bone and joint problems.
What Do Pediatric Orthopedic Specialists Treat?
Orthopedic specialists who focus on pediatric care help to address a wide range of health problems, including:
- Bone and joint infections
- Broken bones
- Osgood-Schlatter disease
- Pediatric sports injuries
Why Should You Take Your Child to a Pediatric Orthopedic Doctor?
Pediatric orthopedics is a crucial discipline, first and foremost for its diagnostic aim. Unlike adults, kids cannot always articulate the pain or discomfort they feel, and it can be challenging even for parents to determine whether or not there's a serious issue. An orthopedic practice that has experts in pediatric care can help identify the underlying problem and recommend the proper treatment, whether that means surgery or a nonsurgical method. Pediatric orthopedic doctors are skilled in examining their young patients thoroughly while also minimizing pain and discomfort.
In fact, medical providers who work in the field of pediatric orthopedics have numerous analytic tools available to them, including:
- Gait analysis
- Motion analysis
- Prenatal consultations (for conditions that can be diagnosed before birth)
- Radiology and imaging tests
If your child complains of physical discomfort or you notice unusual symptoms related to their posture or gait, that may mean there is an underlying problem with their bones or joints. Such abnormal symptoms are signs that it's time to take your child to see a pediatric orthopedic specialist.
What Treatments Do Pediatric Orthopedic Providers Offer?
The treatment your child receives depends on the nature of the problem. For something as simple as a pediatric sports injury, treatment may involve nothing more than special exercises, physical therapy, or heat and cold therapy.
For congenital issues, surgery may be necessary. While no parent savors a trip to the hospital with their young child, a state-of-the-art surgery can correct bone and joint problems, free your child from discomfort, and promote healthy growth and development. To learn more about what pediatric orthopedic surgery entails and what recovery includes, speak to your pediatric orthopedic surgeon directly.
The Region's Most Comprehensive Pediatric Orthopedic Care
At the Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center, our experienced doctors and staff are proud to offer exceptional orthopedic care to people throughout the communities of northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas. Our doctors are available at our office in St. Joseph, Missouri, as well as at the Mosaic Medical Center in Maryville, Missouri, the Northwest Medical Center in Albany, Missouri, the Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton, Missouri, the Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, and the Hiawatha Community Hospital in Hiawatha, Kansas.
Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Corey Trease, Dr. Brian Duncan, and Dr. Michael Smith, have years of experience in treating patients with a variety of orthopedic injuries or conditions. Our surgeons have the knowledge and skills to perform a thorough evaluation and provide an accurate diagnosis and viable treatment options. Conservative methods will always be recommended first, but there are some cases when surgery is required to help eliminate pain and restore proper function.
If an injury or condition is keeping your child from living the life they love, schedule an appointment with one of our specialty-trained orthopedic surgeons by requesting an appointment online or calling (816) 233-9888.
For those urgent injuries that require immediate attention and can't wait for an appointment, visit our OSMC Today Walk-In Clinic.