dr. Gary Nattrass

Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon

Paediatric Alignment Issues

Limb alignment issues that affect the musculoskeletal system in infants, children, and adolescents

Children's Alignment Issue

Paediatric Lower Limb Alignment Issues

Lower limb alignment conditions are commonly seen in babies, children and adolescents. These childhood alignment issues including Knock Knees (Genu Valgum), Bowed Legs and In-Toeing and Out-Toeing can be caused by a variety of factors including genetics, injuries and biomedical factors.

With growth, limb alignment changes throughout childhood. For most children, these conditions settle and are not of any concern. Gary will guide you through what conditions can pose a long term issue and need to be addressed, versus those that are part of normal development.

If symptoms persist, misalignment issues in the lower limbs can cause discomfort in the affected area, limiting body function and impairing the range of motion. Importantly though, alignment issues often have a relatively simple solution that allows normal development to be obtained.

Children's Alignment Issues

Treatment For Paediatric Body Alignment

Although body alignment issues often correct over time naturally in developing children, it is vital to seek an early assessment with a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon, in case treatment is required to prevent ongoing issues. 

Gary is a Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon with over 30 years of experience in treating children with alignment issues including:

  • Knock Knees (Genu Valgum)
  • Bowed Legs
  • In-Toeing (pigeon toes) and Out-Toeing.

During your diagnosis consultation, Gary will perform a thorough assessment of your child’s limbs and developmental milestones as well as looking into their medical history. Gary may require an X-Ray, CT scan or MRI of the misaligned area in order to provide a diagnosis. 

A personalised treatment plan will be devised to ensure the best outcome for your child. Treatment to realign common childhood alignment issues includes regular monitoring, rehabilitation, physiotherapy and, in severe cases, surgery.

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Speak to our friendly team​

Not all conditions and symptoms are alike. If you have a concern about your child’s wellbeing or would like to direct questions to Gary Nattrass you may contact our friendly team on 03 9322 3360.

We will gladly take your call and assist you with your enquiry.