Orthopaedic problems in children are different from that of adults as the bones in children are constantly growing and are bendable until a certain age. Moreover, young children may not be able to express the symptoms associated with bone or joint conditions to their physicians. Hence, a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon may be needed to diagnose and address these issues in children.
Encouraging your children to participate in sports and other physical activities keeps them active and alert. Sports improve a child’s body growth and mental wellbeing. You can encourage your child to participate in school sports activities or enroll them in clubs where they can spend their time on the weekends.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a ligament that provides stability, reduces stress and prevents the knee from rotating or slipping out of position while jumping, running and landing. This ligament can tear during sports activities and exercise, as a result of a non-contact twisting injury, and is becoming a common injury in children.
Surgery performed to treat orthopaedic conditions in children and adolescents is called paediatric orthopaedic surgery. Orthopaedic problems in children are different from that of adults as the bones in children are constantly growing and are bendable until a certain age.
Fractures are more common in children due to their activities as well as their bone properties. Children are more active than adults and management of fractures in them also differs as compared to that in adults. Fractures occur when the bone is subjected to excessive stress than normal.
Children are prone to injuries as they are curious to experiment or explore without considering the risks involved. According to statistics, 45% of childhood injuries sustained during playground activities are of a serious nature (fractures, dislocations, and concussions).