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11 February 2021

Mesut Tahta

Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist

Pediatric Orthopedics

Pediatric Orthopedics

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  • What's is specialities of Pediatric Orthopedics?
  • Children's bones have distinct differences from adult bones. Therefore, the Pediatric Orthopedics branch has its own rules. Child bone is growing and developing and has a more flexible structure than adults. In addition, the membrane around the bone is thicker and stronger. The most important feature is that there are growth nuclei at the ends of the bones, which lengthens from these areas and if damaged, limb shortness and deformity may occur. For this reason, Pediatric Orthopedics requires special knowledge and experience.


  • What are the most common orthopedic problems in children?
  • The most common orthopedic problems in children are excessive fingers in the hands or feet (polydactyly), arm paralysis due to difficult birth (obstetric palsy), pediatric bone fractures, inward and crooked gait, scoliosis, flat foot and congenital hip dislocation (developmental hip dysplasia). Most of these problems are congenital.
  • What are the diagnostic methods?
  • In many of the orthopedic diseases that occur in children, interventions that will be applied at a young age due to early diagnosis will increase the quality of life of the patient in the future. In this respect, studies of Pediatric Orthopedics are very important for patient health and quality of life. If these diseases, which occur in childhood or congenitally, do not go through early diagnosis and treatment processes, their treatment may be much more difficult in the future.
  • Orthopedic problems in children can sometimes be obvious. Sometimes, it can be understood by watching the children's movements closely. For this reason, the observation of the parents is very important to understand whether the child has an orthopedic problem. Parents who observe any unusual situation should take their child to a specialist physician immediately. The problem can often be detected by a doctor's examination, ultrasound and x-rays.
  • In the treatment of pediatric orthopedics, orthopedic specialist physicians as well as physical therapy and rehabilitation specialists, physiotherapists, prosthetic orthopedics specialists and technicians should cooperatively work together. Problems such as flat foot, crooked foot, clubfoot can usually be solved with corrective orthopedic devices. Surgical intervention is required for problems that cannot be treated in this way. The treatment of orthopedic problems in children is a long process involving parents. 



Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mesut TAHTA

Orthopedics and Traumatology