Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine located in Hendersonville, TN
Children and adolescents with musculoskeletal injuries or diseases require care from a physician specializing in pediatric orthopaedics. If you’re concerned about your child’s bones, joints, or skeletal development, Robert Landsberg, MD, FRCS(C), FAAOS, and Jessica Mitchell, PA-C, at Landsberg Orthopaedics in Hendersonville, Tennessee, can help. To benefit from Dr. Landsberg’s many years of experience treating musculoskeletal conditions in children and young people, call Landsberg Orthopaedics today or book an appointment online.
Pediatric Orthopaedics Q & A
What is pediatric orthopaedics?
Pediatric orthopaedics is a specialized area that focuses on musculoskeletal conditions affecting children and adolescents.
Your musculoskeletal system consists of:
Children’s musculoskeletal systems continue to grow and change until they reach early adulthood. This presents particular challenges that require in-depth knowledge to prevent children suffering from lifelong musculoskeletal abnormalities and pain.
Dr. Landsberg has undergone specialized training in pediatric orthopaedics to enable him to treat patients of all ages.
What conditions does pediatric orthopaedics treat?
Dr. Landsberg provides expert care for a comprehensive range of pediatric orthopaedic conditions, including:
Children and teens often take part in sports or other physical activities that could lead to injuries. Common sports injuries include anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears in the knees, Achilles tendon injuries in the ankles, and rotator cuff tears in the shoulders.
The sideways spinal curvature typical of scoliosis often worsens during childhood, resulting in significant spine abnormality.
A clubfoot is a foot that has an abnormal shape, for example, the foot points downward and inward. Clubfoot is present at birth and is usually due to a short Achilles tendon.
Some children have difficulties walking or walk in a way that puts strain on their feet, joints, or spine.
Osteochondritis dissecans is a condition in which the bone in a joint dies from lack of blood flow. The bone and the cartilage that covered it may break loose, resulting in pain and sometimes affecting joint function.
Broken bones are common in children, especially wrists, elbows, and ankles. Greenstick fractures only occur in children because their bones are more flexible.
Particular care needs to be taken with fractures in children as their skeletal development relies on the growth plates at the ends of their bones.
What treatments might be used in pediatric orthopaedics?
Dr. Landsberg creates an individual treatment plan for your child that takes into account their age and rate of development as well as the extent of the injury or other damage. Your child’s pediatric orthopaedics treatment plan may include:
- Rest or a change in activities
- Physical therapy
In some cases, Dr. Landsberg might need to perform surgery, for example, to repair a badly torn meniscus in the knee that can’t heal itself.
Whatever orthopaedic problems your child has, Dr. Landsberg can help. Call Landsberg Orthopaedics to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.