Bones—no matter how big or small—help protect a child’s internal organs and her muscles. Strong, healthy bones help children participate in their favorite activities, such as dancing, baseball, recess and simply playing in the backyard with friends.
Some children develop bone diseases as they grow. These diseases can be genetic or be caused by a lack of vitamins or minerals in the bone. Taking your child to a pediatric orthopedist is key to treatment that caters to your kid’s needs in the event of a condition that may cause damage to your child’s bones.
Our pediatric bone specialists know how to treat bone disease in growing kids and teens.
Our pediatric bone specialists know how to treat bone disease in growing kids and teens. We also work closely with our endocrinology bone health specialists to offer your child comprehensive care. When it comes to bone health, it’s important to remember that children are not just small adults. Kid bones differ from adult bones in significant ways and that’s why they need our care.
Bone is made of a soft, organic portion (collagen) and hard, inorganic portion (minerals). Collagen is a strong protein material in which fibers are woven together to provide bone its tensile strength. Minerals principally made of calcium and phosphate, which provides a bone its strength.
Bones store 99% of the body’s calcium. If the body does not have enough calcium from the diet, then it will take calcium from the bone to continue functioning normally.
Vitamin D is a hormone that enables the intestines to absorb calcium from the diet into the bloodstream. Like skin, bone is continually refreshing its cells. During childhood, bone formation occurs at a rate faster than bone loss. Childhood is the only time when bones gain mineral and become stronger. This is why it is crucial to maximize your child’s ability to gain bone mineral and decrease the chance of developing osteoporosis as an adult. Between 20 to 60 years old, bone is essentially at a steady state in which bone formation and bone breakdown are occurring at equal rates. As we get older, bone loss occurs faster than the body can generate new bone.
Approximately 60-80% of our bone mineral density is determined by our genes. Because of this, we can control only a small portion of our bone mineral makeup. Diet, exercise, chronic illness and smoking can impact long-term bone health. Foods rich in vitamin D and calcium include plain yogurt, calcium-fortified orange juice, mozzarella, fish (including sardines, canned tuna and canned salmon), milk, tofu made with calcium sulfate and cottage cheese. Children’s is focused on optimizing our young patients’ bone health.
There are many conditions that can affect a child’s bone health. And since a child’s or teen’s bones are still growing, and conditions and treatments can impact kids’ bones differently than adult bones, where you take you them matters. Our doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta understand how to treat many bone conditions in growing kids and teens, including:
Conditions That Affect Bone Formation and Growth
Bone Cysts and Tumors
When there’s an underlying issue with your child’s bones, Children's physicians use the most advanced techniques to diagnose and treat your child.
- Unique and specialized expertise in treating bone disease.
- Cutting-edge research in diagnosing musculoskeletal infections (joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, and structures that support the limbs, neck and back).
- Nonsurgical treatments, such as antibiotics and supplements.
- Minimally invasive techniques to treat most bone cysts.
- Nationally recognized treatment for children with sarcomas (bone cancers).
- Innovative techniques and the newest implant equipment for limb-salvage surgery.
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