Medical care of a child is different from that of an adult, and no one knows this as well as a Paediatrician (Child specialist). Similarly, the Orthopaedic care of a child is different from that of an adult.
Nothing can be truer than the common saying “A child is not just a little adult”, when dealing with childhood bone and joint problems.
The anatomic, physiological and metabolic features of a growing skeletal system are different from those of a mature skeletal system, and by extension the problems which affect children’s bones and joints are different as well. Indeed, some pathologies are unique to the growing child and adolescent. A general Orthopaedic surgeon may not have adequate expertise or experience in the optimal management of some of these unique pathologies.
This makes Paediatric Orthopaedic practice (Children’s Orthopaedics) a highly specialised and niche service, which provides surgical and non-surgical treatment for various musculoskeletal problems affecting children.