At OrthoSC, the Grand Strand's largest and most comprehensive orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained doctors are dedicated to providing world-class care for a variety of orthopedic injuries and conditions that affect children and young adults.

Pediatric orthopedics is a field within orthopedics concerning the specialized care of bone, joint, muscle, and spine concerns for children and adolescents. A pediatric doctor delivers medical care for all conditions that affect children. In contrast, doctors who provide pediatric orthopedics are specialty-trained medical doctors who have training in musculoskeletal disorders.

Understanding the unique needs of children of all ages, orthopedic specialists who offer pediatric care deliver tailored treatments and follow-up plans for young people who are still growing. Many offer surgical and nonsurgical solutions for deformities children are born with. They may also provide care for injuries that happen during sports and other activities. Sports medicine doctors are orthopedic specialists who frequently treat youth athletes. They often work with elementary and high school teams, caring for sports-related injuries that occur during practices and games, from broken bones to muscle strains. 

In orthopedics, surgery is only considered after nonoperative measures are tried first, such as physical therapy, splinting, or medication. Your doctor will work with you and your child to find the right treatment plan. If pediatric orthopedic surgery is needed to correct the problem, they will use a team approach with you, your child's pediatric doctor, and therapists to provide a thorough recovery plan and rehabilitation. 

When It's Time to Seek Orthopedic Care for Your Child

When your child has pain or musculoskeletal problems, it's important to pay close attention to their symptoms so you can give their doctor a detailed description of their problem when you go to their appointment. This helps your doctor diagnose and treat your child.

Although everyone experiences orthopedic issues differently, here are examples of common symptoms your child may express or you may be noticing:

  • Abnormal gait
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Inability to bear weight on the affected leg
  • Inability to straighten or bend the affected joint
  • Joint or muscular pain or discomfort
  • Muscle cramping
  • Swelling, stiffness, or tenderness
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Your child has pain after playing a sport or exercising

Having any of the symptoms above may indicate one of the following common problems in pediatric orthopedics:

  • Acute injuries
  • Bone deformities
  • Clubfoot
  • Congenital orthopedic conditions
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal deformities
  • Sports injuries

Taking good care of your child may mean taking them to see an orthopedic specialist when you suspect a problem and taking action sooner rather than later. In doing so, you may be able to avoid further pain or the need for surgery. You may also help reduce the risk of having their condition worsen or developing severe problems, for instance, if the damage advances over time and your child begins to lose mobility in the affected limb, joint, or muscle. To discuss your options for pediatric orthopedic treatment, schedule an appointment with one of our doctors by calling (843) 353-3460 or requesting an appointment online.

Experience World-Class Pediatric Orthopedic Care at OrthoSC

At OrthoSC, our experts apply their medical knowledge and skills to treating your child and their bone, joint, or muscle issue. They are dedicated to providing each patient with specialized care and are equipped with the most advanced resources, which allows your doctor to focus exclusively on diagnosing and treating your child’s pain.

Our specialty-trained doctors and surgeons are highly skilled in the field of evaluating and treating musculoskeletal injuries and conditions that affect children of all ages. A core component of their care is ensuring that every child and their caregiver are educated about the pain-relieving nonsurgical treatment options that are available to them. Our doctors also consult with their young patients and caregivers, offering suggestions, listening to questions, and helping them decide which course to take. Finally, be assured that our doctors and surgeons are committed to pursuing nonsurgical options first, such as physical therapy, orthotics, bracing, or injections. At the same time, our surgeons will recommend surgery if they believe that is the best option to restore proper function. Regardless of the treatment your child ultimately receives for their injury or condition, our doctors will make sure to educate you and your child about their condition, treatment options, and what you can expect afterward.

Having questions or concerns about your child’s issue is normal. Schedule an appointment with one of our experienced pediatric orthopedic providers by requesting an appointment online or calling one of our convenient locations in Carolina Forest, Conway, or Murrells Inlet at (843) 353-3460. We’re ready to help restore your child to better health.