Orthopaedic conditions in children is a specialised field. Some paediatric orthopaedic conditions require specific training and study to treat them. Treatments for orthopaedic conditions in children range from requiring casting and splinting, e.g. Talipes Equinovarus (Clubfoot) and Hip dysplasia, to major surgery.
Dr Lynette Reece is highly trained and experienced in the field of paediatric orthopaedics.
Paediatric Orthopaedic Conditions Treated
Paediatric fractures are injuries that are usually treated by immobilising the broken bone with casting or splinting to enable the fracture to heal. In some circumstances, where the fracture cannot simply be held with a cast, an operation may be required to insert metal plates, screws or wires to hold the bone together until the fracture repairs.
Talipes Equinovarus (Clubfoot)
Some babies are born with feet turn inwards or are twisted. This is known as Talipes Equinovarus, or Clubfoot. Mostly these babies require a management plan developed in consultation with an Orthopaedic surgeon so that the twisting can be trained into the natural position. In some cases the surgeon may need to perform surgery to reposition the twisted limb with a series of casts.
For further information on Talipes Equinovarus (Clubfoot) please view The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Clubfoot Factsheet
Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)
Babies can be born with hips that are abnormal which have not developed correctly before birth. When born, all babies should be examined by a doctor to assess their hips for dislocation or to check if they are ‘clicky’.
If the doctor is concerned regarding the development of the hips, especially if there is a family history of DDH, a consultation with a Paediatric Orthopaedic surgeon should be arranged so that specialised diagnosis can be obtained and a management plan put in place. An ultrasound may be used to help in the diagnosis and management of DDH.
Treatments for DDH can involve application of a harness to enable the hip joint to develop correctly. In some cases an operation is required to reposition the bones before the casting process can be started.
For further information on Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (Hip Dysplasia) please visit The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network DDH Factsheet