Pediatric Orthopaedics: Childhood Neuromuscular Conditions

January 4, 2019

Our pediatric orthopaedic surgeons are trained to treat not only childhood sports injuries and disorders, but a variety of congenital diseases as well. At Campbell Clinic, our surgeons dedicate themselves to ensuring that every child receives the best comprehensive care possible.

There are several types of neuromuscular conditions that can be seen in children. Our physicians treat a variety of conditions, like cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. Neuromuscular conditions are acquired diseases that impair the function of muscles and their direct nervous control systems. Symptoms for these types of conditions include pain and fatigue, muscle weakness, and loss of muscle control.

Cerebral palsy happens when anomalies emerge during the development of the brain. It causes the degeneration of muscle function and control, including contractions. This condition can affect different parts of the body, such as the legs, face or arms, and can impair vision and hearing as well.

Muscular dystrophy is incurable but treatable, and usually affects the muscle mass and function. This disorder can include developmental learning delays or difficulty swallowing. Physicians will recommend a treatment plan for this condition, which could include medications to take, breathing treatments or physical therapy.

Our physicians also treat Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, Friedreich’s Ataxia and Juvenile dermatomyositis. You can learn more about these conditions, their symptoms and treatment on our website.

This article was adapted from Muscular Dystrophy New Zealand. Read the full article here.


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