Pediatric Orthopaedics: Assessing the child and adolescent

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Instructor: Tom Bush

Length: 1 hour

Many nurses have limited clinical education in assessing pediatric orthopedic problems and would like some additional training and practice in this area. This program will review lower extremity alignment with emphasis on physiologic variation and progression through maturity. It will discuss common pathology and common findings on exam. Three issues will be covered in some detail: the evaluation of limping child, fracture patterns that are unique to children and findings that are consistent with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

    At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
  • Identify variations in physiologic alignment of the lower extremity.
  • Describe physical findings in scoliosis.
  • Demonstrate assessment techniques that elicit hip pathology in a newborn child.
  • Recognize common hip pathology in children.

Audience: RNs, NPs, PA