Paediatric orthopaedics is a specialised field that combines the knowledge acquired from adult sports injury with the complexities involved in dealing with children.
When it comes to paediatric orthopaedics, it’s important to remember that 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 also 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 considered. At QLRC, we take great pride in ensuring that every child is treated with the utmost care. We will not only work to correct the problem, but also to manage it within the context of their family, education, and social environment, all of which are critical to achieve good outcomes for this age group.
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 conditions 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.
The goal of treatment with Dr. Maine and QLRC is always 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 Children’s Hospital.