Our pediatric orthopaedic physician here at Comprehensive Orthopaedic Global is dedicated to providing only the top level of compassion and care to children who are experiencing a range of orthopaedic conditions or injuries.
Dr. Leah Cobb, M.D. is incredibly skilled and holds years of experience in both diagnosing and treating pediatric orthopedic conditions. She will work directly with you and your child to get to the root problem and determine the best course of action for a full recovery. If nonsurgical methods have been attempted and haven’t shown any significant results, only then will surgical treatment options be considered.
If our team determines that surgery is the appropriate course of action for your child, you can rest assured knowing your family is in good hands. Our team employs the latest, most trusted methods and the most cutting-edge technologies to ensure that your child has their mobility and functions completely restored to the best of their ability.
Orthopaedic disorders are those that impact the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. They may be caused by an accident or disease, or be inherited due to genetics. Failing to properly address orthopedic issues could quickly result in a number of additional medical conditions into adulthood, or simply worsen the current condition and lead to a lifetime of pain and discomfort.
Orthopaedic conditions can cover a wide range of issues, but here, we’ve summarized some of the most common conditions your child may suffer from:
- Bowlegs: a condition affecting leg posture, in which the legs bend outwardly while the feet and ankles touch. Rarely serious, but typically needs treatment if continued beyond the age of 2.
- Blount’s disease: particularly prevalent in the Afro Caribbean population, this condition leads to bowed legs in children and future risk of degenerative joint disease and joint replacement.
- Rickets: a disorder which results in progressive bone deformities. Rickets can be an inherited or genetic condition or may be the result of vitamin deficiencies. It is especially prevalent in dark skinned populations. If you are concerned about the appearance of your child’s legs, please ask for a consultation with our pediatric orthopaedic team.
- Pigeon toes, aka being slew- footed: a condition in which the feet and legs turn inward while walking. This condition is common in infants and usually resolves with growth and development. However, some children may require treatment later in childhood.
- Knock-knees with Caribbean children (also known in the Caribbean as “K” footed): a condition in which the legs bend towards each other excessively, and the ankles spread apart. This condition is usually harmless but may require treatment if persistent beyond the age of 7.
- Flat Feet: a condition in which the feet are formed with particularly flat arches. Typically does not require treatment unless the child is in pain or congenital conditions are discovered.
- Dysplasia of the hip: sometimes infants are born with a hip that is shallow and allows for excessive movement. This may result in development of arthritis in the teen years and a need for joint replacement. Babies who are born breech or in the seated position are especially at risk for hip problems and should be evaluated by a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon. Early and proper treatment helps avoid complicated surgery later in life.
Why Choose Comprehensive Orthopaedic Global?
Our pediatric orthopedic specialist, Dr. Leah Cobb, M.D., and the entire team at Comprehensive Orthopaedic have undergone specialized training in the field of pediatric orthopaedics. This additional training has provided our doctors and surgeons with the skills and expertise to ensure that your child is properly assessed, diagnosed, and treated. All treatment plans are crafted individually to meet the specific needs of your child and his or her family. Additionally, our team of pediatric orthopedic surgeons work closely with our physical therapy team at COG Restore and will help your child re-adjust to life to reach their fullest potential.
When non-surgical methods have been attempted and haven’t shown any significant results, only then will surgical treatment options be considered.
To consult with an orthopaedic specialist for children in St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John, or one of our Virgin Islands locations, please request an appointment online or contact us via phone at (340) 779-2663.
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