Pediatric Orthopaedic Treatment Specialist

Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialists located in West Des Moines, IA, Ankeny, IA, & Indianola, IA

Treating children’s growing bodies requires exceptional knowledge and abilities. If your child needs pediatric orthopaedic treatments, the highly experienced team at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, can help. They have state-of-the-art facilities for diagnosis and physical therapy, specialist skills in sports medicine, and outstanding surgical abilities if your child should require surgery. Call one of their branches in Clive, Ankeny, or Indianola, Iowa, to find out more or book an appointment online.

Pediatric Orthopaedic Treatment Q & A

What is pediatric orthopaedics?

Pediatric orthopaedics is the care of musculoskeletal problems in children. Orthopaedic injuries can have serious long-term effects for your child if left untreated. However, children’s orthopaedic injuries frequently go undetected, leading to problems in later life.

Common types of orthopaedic injuries in children include:

  • Growth plate fractures
  • Developmental dislocation
  • Ankle instability
  • Anterior knee pain
  • Forearm and elbow fractures

Sports-related injuries are particularly common in children, even younger ones. In recent years the increase in competitive sports leagues means many young athletes focus on a specific sport year-round. As a result, the team at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, is seeing a significant increase in overuse injuries among children.

What’s different about pediatric orthopaedic treatment?

Unlike your mature adult body, your child’s body is growing and changing, and different structures often grow at different rates. For example, children’s bones grow first, which can pull on tight muscles and tendons. Young athletes are therefore at higher risk of injuries to:

  • Muscles
  • Tendons
  • Ligaments
  • Bones
  • Growth plates

If your child is repeating the same activities time after time, their bodies may not be able to get the rest they need to heal correctly. The potential consequences of this include impaired growth and long-term health issues.

It’s not just sports-related injuries that affect children. Other pediatric orthopaedic conditions include:

  • Back pain
  • Clubfoot
  • Fractures
  • Kyphosis
  • Leg-length inequality
  • Myelomeningocele
  • Perthes disease
  • Scoliosis
  • Skeletal dysplasias

Early treatment and ongoing therapy are vital for children who have any of these conditions, to ensure their bodies develop correctly and prevent longer-term disabilities.

What pediatric orthopaedic treatments are there?

The treatment your child needs depends on what’s causing the problem. The team at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, has a diagnostic facility onsite with X-ray, MRI, and electromyography (EMG) technology. Using these diagnostic techniques and their considerable expertise, your provider can diagnose the problem and prepare an effective treatment plan.

Initial treatments for injuries and pain typically include a combination of rest, hot and cold therapies, and pain-relieving medication where appropriate. If your child’s symptoms aren’t improving after a few days of complete rest, you should call Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC.

Your child might need physical therapy to strengthen the damaged tissue, or they could need to be in a cast, splint, or brace. Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, has a fully equipped physical therapy facility on-site, where your child can receive expert treatment with therapists who have specialist expertise in treating children.

It's possible your child might need surgery for an orthopaedic condition. Your provider can discuss this with you during your consultation.

If your child has a musculoskeletal problem or injures themselves playing sports, you can trust Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, to give them the best possible treatments. Call the practice today or book an appointment online.

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