Children's orthopedics

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At the Carolina Medical Center, we are especially dedicated to the treatment of children including birth defects, posture defects, injuries and deformities, using modern methods of treatment.

Pediatric orthopedist - what does he do?

Specialists of the Department for the Protection and Promotion of Children’s Health and Youth of the Institute of Mother and Child are alerting that 90 percent of children in Poland have a posture defect, especially in the knees, hips and spine. From year to year, the scale of the problem is increasing. This is confirmed by the 2012 Health Behavior in School-Aged Children (HBSC) report, which was developed together with specialists from the Institute of Mother and Child. According to this report, adolescents are at risk of acquiring posture defects and other orthopedic diseases due to an increasing number of causes. These include a sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise, inadequate diet (the number of obese children and adolescents has increased in recent decades), and even inadequate lighting while reading or a bad school bag.

In pediatric orthopedics, there are two stages in which the risk of abnormal spine development is increased:

  • the early school age, when children are changing their habits. Postural defects in this period may be the result of the desk not being adapted to the needs of the child or due to a schoolbag that is too heavy. There are difficulties in adopting a general posture.
  • early adolescence, in which problems are caused by a large increase in height resulting in changes in the position of the center of gravity and in body proportions.

A pediatric orthopedist deals with the diagnosis and treatment of congenital and acquired defects, as well as injuries and sports injuries occurring in children.. Pediatric orthopedics is very different from adult orthopedics. Illnesses or injuries in children are of a different nature and course. It should also be emphasized that diseases of the musculoskeletal system differ depending on the age of the child – others occur in early school and adolescence. That is why it is so important to prevent and take care of the child’s health at every stage of life. Performing appropriate examinations, carrying out a health balance at intervals recommended by pediatricians, should be a priority for every parent. Both in orthopedics and in other specialties, time is important – early detection of a defect or disease significantly speeds up the treatment process and increases the chances of the child’s recovery..

Consultation with a pediatric orthopedist – when is it necessary?

Parents of the youngest patients most often report to a pediatric orthopedist when:

  • there was a sports injury (e.g., fracture, dislocation, sprain),
  • notice abnormal development of their child in terms of movement or there is an asymmetry in appearance, thickness or length of the limbs,
  • the child reports pain in the area of the musculoskeletal system,
  • suspect curvature of the spine or flat feet,
  • observe bad posture in the performance of daily activities, e.g., while sitting, the child has one shoulder blade higher than the other, or if the child’s knees are lopsided while walking.

Consultation with a pediatric orthopedist at the Carolina Medical Center

Pediatric consultations at the Carolina Medical Center take place during individually agreed hours. Before the first visit, the patient’s parents will be asked to fill in the Patient Registration Card at the reception desk.

During the visit, the pediatric orthopedist conducts an interview with the patient’s parents. Then he examines the young patient and, if necessary, orders specialist imaging tests, such as X-ray or ultrasound.

During the first visit, during which a pre-luxation ultrasound is performed, the doctor assesses the musculoskeletal system and checks if there are any defects in the hip joints (e.g., hip dysplasia). For ultrasound examination of the hips, it is worth dressing the child in such a way that dressing and undressing are quick and comfortable (e.g., an unbuttoned bodysuit or t-shirt, and instead of tights – leggings and socks).

Please remember to:

  • take your ID card (in the case of a minor, the accompanying parent / legal guardian should have their ID card),
  • arrive at least 15 minutes before the appointment, report to the reception on the 2nd floor and pay for the appointment,
  • take your medical documentation with you, for example, the results of laboratory and diagnostic tests (e.g., X-ray images),
  • refrain from performing diagnostic tests before a medical consultation – in our clinic diagnostic tests are performed according to the guidelines of the attending physician.

Specialists at Carolina Medical Center

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Milena Kowalczyk
Milena Kowalczyk

Fizjoterapeuta, trener przygotowania motorycznego

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Marcin Ciosek


Anna Wojtasińska-Zawadzka
Anna Wojtasińska-Zawadzka

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