Pediatric Orthopedics

by admin on February 16, 2012

In the medical community, there is little crossover between orthopedics and other specialties, which often results in a knowledge gap between primary care physicians and specialists who treat orthopedic diseases.  When you add to this the specificity of pediatrics and the general rarity of childhood diseases in the developed world, the result is that relatively few people know much on this topic, and misinformation is rampant.  I often encounter parents who bring in their children for evaluation of a perceived problem that is actually a transient change associated with normal development.  The frightening flip-side of this situation are the children who are not being evaluated who have a serious problem.  As a parent of 2 young children, I have felt the unique anxiety of having a sick child, and know that a major source of this anxiety is the feeling of helplessness.  Fortunately, by becoming educated on the topic, we can at least ease some of that anxiety.  As such, I am going to write a series of posts on pediatric orthopedic disorders, what they are, how to identify them, and what to do about them.

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