Paediatric orthopaedic services refers to a medical branch that specialises in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal (joint, muscle and bone) problems in children.
Doctors who specialise in this area are called paediatric orthopaedists or paediatric orthopaedic surgeons, who may use a range of treatments including casts, braces or other devices, as well as surgery, to help correct various conditions.
Their expertise is crucial as they treat children from infants to teenagers, who are at different stages of growth. As a result, evaluating, diagnosing and treating these problems often requires a different approach as compared to adults.
Problems with childhood growth and development are often first noticed by parents and paediatricians, before being referred to a paediatric orthopaedist.
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