Our specialty-trained pediatric orthopaedic doctors at North Louisiana Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic are experts in providing experienced care for orthopaedic injuries and conditions of pediatric patients.
Pediatric orthopaedic doctors are trained to work with children, from newborns to 18-year-olds, who have an injury or condition related to the musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, joints, muscles, and soft tissues of the body. Sometimes, these conditions are congenital and appear when a child is born. However, if they are treated early on by an experienced pediatric orthopaedic doctor, future problems can often be avoided, and the child can go on to use the affected extremity normally. Sometimes, these abnormalities require surgeries, but other times, pediatric orthopaedic doctors can use nonsurgical methods, such as prescribing a back brace, to help the bones grow properly.
Examples of injuries and conditions pediatric orthopaedic doctors often treat are sports injuries, juvenile arthritis, foot and hand conditions or deformities, and scoliosis. When seeking out a pediatric orthopaedic doctor, you should consider not only his or her medical expertise, but also his or her ability to understand the overall challenges children with acute or congenital orthopaedic issues face and how to best address them.
When It’s Time to Seek Pediatric Orthopaedic Care
Take note of the symptoms your child is experiencing and communicate those to your doctor so they will have a better understanding of what may be happening. Here are just some of the symptoms that children with pediatric orthopaedic problems typically have:
- Child walks pigeon-toed
- Complaints of joint pain
- Extra or webbed fingers
- Favoring one joint because the other is painful
- Joint tenderness
- Legs are bowed
- Limbs are different lengths
- Lingering pain after a playground accident
- Painful joint after participating in sports
- Swelling below the knee
If any of these symptoms describe your child’s issue, it’s possible that they may have one of these orthopaedic conditions or injuries:
- AC joint injury
- Conditions of the foot (clubfoot, Sever’s disease, metatarsus varus, etc.)
- Conditions of the hand (polydactyly, syndactyly, etc.)
- Developmental dysplasia of the hip
- Femoral anteversion
- Growth plate fracture
- Osgood-Schlatter disease
- Osteochondroma (exostosis)
- Radial head subluxation (pulled elbow)
- Sports injury
Pain can have a negative effect on your child’s life, leaving them unable to participate in everyday activities. If the pain and underlying condition remain untreated, there is a risk of further injury or damage occurring, which is why it’s imperative to contact one of our pediatric orthopaedic specialists and set up a consultation. Call us today at (318) 362-4411 to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online. We have clinics in Monroe, Ruston, and West Monroe, and we also offer rehabilitation services at our Monroe Rehab and West Monroe Rehab facilities.
Our doctors understand that some injuries require immediate attention. If your child’s injury can’t wait, visit our Orthopaedic After Hours Clinic at our main location in Monroe. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is necessary.
Expert Pediatric Orthopaedic Care You Can Trust
Since 1951, our doctors have remained dedicated to providing specialized bone, joint, and muscle care to the communities of northeast Louisiana. They are backed by a knowledgeable and professional staff and are equipped with the latest resources, technology, and tools they need to deliver the very best orthopaedic care to all patients.
At North Louisiana Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic, our board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. R. Brian Bulloch, and Dr. Timothy “Daven” Spires Jr. are experts at understanding the multitude of orthopaedic issues that exist for pediatric patients and the most appropriate ways to treat them. Our pediatric orthopaedic surgeons believe in exhausting all conservative treatments first before considering a surgical procedure. However, if our surgeons diagnose your child’s damage as severe, they may recommend surgery and will educate you and your child about the process, which includes what to consider, how to prepare for surgery, and what to expect during recovery.
Our specialty-trained physical therapists work closely with our surgeons to provide each patient with a personalized treatment plan. Our expert therapists are dedicated to helping all patients return to their daily activities quickly and safely, combining specific activities and exercises in ensuring that patients can restore joint and muscular function, strength, and range of motion.
If you have concerns about your child’s injury or condition, schedule an appointment to talk through the options with one of our expertly trained pediatric orthopaedic surgeons by calling us at (318) 362-4411 or requesting an appointment online.