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If your child
has musculoskeletal (bone) problems, a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
has the experience and qualifications to treat your child.
Kind of Training do Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeons Have?
orthopedic surgeons are medical doctors who have had:
- At least
4 years of medical school
- One year
of a medical or surgical internship
- At least
5 additional years of residency training in orthopedic surgery
- At least
2 additional years of fellowship training in pediatric orthopedics
orthopedic surgeons treat children from the newborn stage through
the teenage years. They choose to make pediatric care the core
of their medical practice, and the unique nature of medical and
surgical care of children is learned from advanced training and
experience in practice.
Types of Treatments do Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeons Provide?
orthopedic surgeons diagnose, treat, and manage children's musculoskeletal
problems including the following:
- Limb and
spine deformities (such as club foot, scoliosis)
- Gait abnormalities
- Bone and
Can I Find a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon?
orthopedic surgeons practice in a variety of medical institutions
including children's hospitals, university medical centers, and
large community hospitals.
Orthopedic Surgeons - The Best Care For Children
are not just small adults. They cannot always say what is bothering
them. They cannot always answer medical questions, and are not
always able to be patient and cooperative during a medical examination.
Pediatric orthopedic surgeons know how to examine and treat children
in a way that makes them relaxed and cooperative. In addition,
pediatric orthopedic surgeons often use equipment specially designed
for children. Most pediatric orthopedic surgeons' offices are
arranged and decorated with children in mind. This includes the
examination rooms and waiting rooms, which may have toys, videos,
and reading materials for children. This helps create a comfortable
and non threatening environment for your child.
If your pediatrician
suggests that your child see a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, you
can be assured that he or she has the widest range of treatment
options, the most extensive and comprehensive training, the greatest
expertise in dealing with children, and in treating children's