dr. Gary Nattrass

Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon

Knee Problems

Paediatric knee problems are a diverse set of conditions that can disrupt the natural function of the knee joint in children and adolescents

Children's Knee Condition

Paediatric Knee Problems

Paediatric knee problems refer to a range of conditions that affect the natural function of the knee in children and adolescents. Unlike adults who have no further growth, children experience many changes to their lower limbs as they develop and grow, and these changes can make them susceptible to knee conditions. These include malalignment issues as well as injury-based issues such as a torn meniscus, patella instability and osteochondritis dissecans (OCD). These can cause knee pain, limited range of motion and difficulty with everyday activities such as walking, running and playing sports.

Treatment to minimise knee pain and restore function for children varies depending on the specific condition. Physiotherapy and knee braces are the most common treatments, however, surgery may be necessary for more severe cases. With appropriate treatment, your child can return to normal activities and avoid further complications.

Knee condition
Knee condition

Common Knee Conditions

As your paediatric orthopaedic surgeon, Gary is well-versed in the latest techniques and technology in treating:

  • Patellofemoral dysfunction
  • Meniscus injuries
  • Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)
 

Gary will keep you informed about your child’s condition and provides support and guidance throughout the entire treatment ensuring you are actively involved in the decision-making process.

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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.