New Guidelines Coming in Pediatric Orthopedics

Scoliosis has been a scourge of pediatric orthopedics for hundreds of years, but it wasn’t until recently that the full ebenfit of early detection could be measured. Now that we have better data, it seems likely that pediatricians and pediatric orthopedic specialists, will receive new guidance on the use of detection and bracing in young patients:

Early detection of scoliosis is mandatory in order to offer patients nonoperative methods to prevent progression of the condition. Nonoperative management is preferred by patients when there is a reasonable chance of success. Over two thirds of the patients in the patient preference arm of the BrAIST preferred bracing over observation. We can offer nonoperative treatment for idiopathic scoliosis only when detected in the mild to moderate stage, which is why early recognition and diagnosis is important,” Hresko told Spine Surgery Today.

It is an interesting dichotomy in pediatric orthopedics: some disorders demand a wait-and-see approach, while others demand the earliest possible intervention. In scoliosis, when bones are still growing, corrective measures can have a salutary effect down the line, not unlike braces for teeth.

Whether your child is suffering from a chronic orthopedic condition or an injury in need of expert treatment, we can help. Contact Dr. Bill Holland at the American Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center today.

The Best Pediatric Orthopedic Care in San Diego

Orthopedic surgery for children is a delicate and demanding discipline. Unlike adult orthopedic surgery, which favors permanent fixes predicated on a permanent physique, orthopedic pediatric surgery must incorporate the latest knowledge about how the body develops and changes.

As one of the best pediatric orthopedic surgeons in San Diego, I take very seriously the mandate that a child’s development must be left to its own nature. When surgery is required, my team plans and executes minimally invasive procedures designed to relieve pain and instability without interrupting your child’s natural growth. In other words, we treat the whole child, and not just the injury.

Pediatric orthopedic care frequently involves young athletes, from gymnasts to baseball pitchers, whose bodies have been pushed to the limit by rigorous training. As an orthopedic expert, my job is to address the training regime alongside the injury, offering keen advice for parents and kids alike to help avoid subsequent pain in the future.

If your child has suffered a serious injury, it’s time to visit a pediatric orthopedic specialist. Please contact my offices here to learn more.