Delivering your child the best possible start to life
This is a specialised field which combines the knowledge acquired from adult sports injury with the complexities involved in dealing with children. Children are not small adults and have many predisposing factors to injury including a greater head / body ratio, growth plates and growth spurts which alter the structure and biomechanics of their limbs. Emotional and neuromuscular immaturity can play a significant role in both injury and rehabilitation. When treating an orthopaedic condition in a child, the family dynamics, insight of the child and their ability to comprehend and comply with treatment need to be taken into account. At the QLRC, we take great pride in ensuring that every child is managed with the utmost care to not only correct the problem with which they present, but also to manage this in the context of their family, education and social environment, all of which are critical to achieve good outcomes for this age group.
A major part of Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery involves assessing alignment of the lower limb in children. The whole specialty of Orthopaedic surgery is based on this principle as the word “Orthopaedics” is derived from latin, where “Ortho” means “straight” and “Paed” means “child”. The alignment of our legs is important, as our legs carry our body weight throughout our lives. Having abnormal alignment in our legs can predispose us to other problems with our bones, joints and ligaments if not corrected by adulthood.
Congenital Deficiencies & Syndromes
There are many congenital (birth related) conditions that require orthopaedic management during childhood. Some of these include Congenital Pseudarthrosis of the Tibia (CPT), Fibula Hemimelia and Congenital Femoral Deficiency. These diagnoses exist from birth and can require complex reconstructive surgery.
Conditions such as Blounts disease, Multiple Hereditary Exostoses and Osteogenesis Imperfecta can cause progressive deformity throughout childhood.
Treatment is always aimed to give a child the best possible function once they have reached adulthood, while optimising their quality of life as a child. Should it be felt that the resources required to best manage a condition exceed the facilities present in the private sector, then your child will be referred to the Queensland Childrens Hospital for their care.