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0900 712 713
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University Children’s Hospital Basel
T +41 61 704 12 12
Our staff in the Orthopaedics Department deal with all types of disorders and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Here they employ many different forms of therapy, including conservative (i.e. non-invasive) remedies such as physiotherapy or pain therapy. Our orthopaedic specialists also perform operations where this is necessary.
Our specialists diagnose and treat congenital or acquired problems affecting bones, joints, muscles and tendons, and prevent new problems from developing. Through their participation in regular scientific research, they are continuously improving treatment methods.
UKBB offers the following specialist treatment:
Irregularities or problems affecting the feet are the most common reasons for parents and their children to consult orthopaedic specialists. Many foot problems originate during childhood and adolescence. They may be symptom-free in some cases. Even if many of these irregularities do not require immediate treatment, some children will still need orthopaedic treatment or surgery.
In making a diagnosis, specialists not only rely on the physical examination of the patient, but benefit from all the necessary modern diagnostic methods and equipment. A particular focus of clinical and scientific work is the functional, biomechanical assessment of the child's foot and the overall gait pattern. A modern gait laboratory with advanced techniques for analysing foot problems (3D gait analysis, plantar pressure measurement, muscle simulation) is available for this purpose. Having assessed the medical problem, the specialists sit down with parents to agree the best course of treatment for the child.
The spectrum of available treatment includes the following conditions:
When treating the medical conditions of children and adolescents, orthopaedic specialists place special importance on interdisciplinary collaboration with physiotherapists and orthopaedic technicians.
Most of the foot problems arising during childhood or teenage years can be treated without surgery. However, if non-invasive treatment is not enough to correct a deformation, additional surgical intervention may be necessary. The specific surgical procedure and the extent of the operation will depend on the type and magnitude of the malformation. Here too, the patient benefits from a broad range of both ground-breaking and long-established treatment methods.
Sometimes tumours can invade the human musculoskeletal system. UKBB‘s Orthopaedic Department offers interdisciplinary treatments for children, adolescents and adults with benign or malignant tumours affecting their musculoskeletal system or soft tissue.
Orthopaedic specialists work closely with experts from the interdisciplinary Bone and Tissue Centre of the University of Basel (KWUB). Regular meetings are held to discuss tumour cases on an interdisciplinary basis, and suitable treatment plans drawn up. The KWUB is one of five interdisciplinary treatment centres in Europe that is recognised by the international association Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Knochentumore.
UKBB’s oncology and orthopaedic specialists are represented on national and international expert committees. Thanks to their many years of experience and regular presence at scientific conferences and specialist events, the KWUB at UKBB has established itself as a supra-regional centre offering the very latest treatment concepts. It also supports other centres with difficult cases by drawing up individual treatment recommendations in the form of a second opinion. Its success rests not least on close collaboration with all referring medics, specialised oncology clinics and home care teams, as well as with the families of the patients affected and self-help groups.
The anatomy of the knee joint of children and adolescents essentially has exactly the same structure as in adults. In recent decades, more and more young people have been presenting with knee injuries and problems. They are mainly caused by an increase in sports activity, but also by higher peak loads on young persons.
Frequent knee injuries and problems
Painful inflammation where the patella ligament attaches (Osgood-Schlatter disease)
Dislocated knee joint (patella luxation)
If children suffer a fracture in their growth stage, bone deformities can sometimes occur for a number of reasons:
Is surgery necessary?
Whether surgery is needed to correct such malformations caused by fractures depends on several factors which need to be considered on a case-by-case basis for each patient:
Continuous refinement of various surgical techniques now makes it possible to perform minimally invasive corrections and lengthening of the bone using ultramodern motorised implants.
Children and adolescents can also suffer from back pain and postural problems, malformation of individual vertebrae or deformities of large sections of the spine. The Orthopaedic Department at UKBB specialises in the diagnosis, conservative and surgical treatment of all back problems that occur as children are growing up.
Malformations of the spine
If the spine fails to develop correctly (deformities of individual vertebrae or ossification of the intervertebral discs), or its growth is impaired – common during puberty or as a result of forward slipping of the lower vertebrae (spondylolisthesis) – particularly at the transition between the pelvic spine and the sacrum, spinal deformities can occur which are externally visible. In mild cases, physiotherapy may be adequate treatment, but in more advanced conditions the patient may be required to wear a corset or even undergo surgery in serious cases. The latter depends mainly on the type of malformation or growth problem and can involve either a "growth implant", a motorised (or non-motorised) rod that that is used to correct or even extend the spine, or a correction of the ankylosis (stiffening) of parts of the spine.
The Spinal team offers the entire spectrum of non-invasive and surgical treatments, including state-of-the-art motorised implants. The modern infrastructure with computerised intra-operative techniques, advanced spinal cord monitoring during major surgery, and close collaboration with highly specialised anaesthesiology and intensive care teams allow even the most severe conditions to be treated.
Children and adolescents can also suffer from back pain. These range from typical back pain and postural problems to deformations of the spine. The Orthopaedic Department at UKBB specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of all back problems.
In most cases back pains disappear of their own accord with gentle exercise and mild painkillers. Unlike adults, however, there tends to be an identifiable reason for the pain in children – the younger they are, the more so. Because of this, it is a good idea to consult a specialist as early as possible.
Our Neuro-orthopaedic team treats and looks after patients with neurological and neuromuscular disorders, in other words conditions of the nervous system or muscles. This can take the form of mild gait problems, but also severe disabilities with marked deformities.
Our Neuro-orthopaedic specialists make diagnoses and use a variety of non-invasive methods (braces, botulinum toxin and physiotherapy) to treat problems arising from disorders of the nervous system or the muscles, as well as surgery where necessary. The specialists place particular importance on providing regular support for their patients over many years during childhood into adulthood, so as to ensure that the correct and necessary measures are always taken in good time. Also important is the interdisciplinary collaboration with everyone involved in treating the patient. To this end, several consultation centres have been set up outside UKBB in closer proximity to patients.
State-of-the-art gait analysis laboratory
The Neuro-orthopaedic Department has an advanced gait analysis laboratory to assist with diagnosis. Here, state-of-the-art technical equipment is used to analyse movement and control while walking. This analysis shows which movements are performed by which muscles at particular moments. This makes it possible to identify the causes of limping, for example. But the analysis also allows specialists to review the success of a treatment programme.
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Prof. Dr. med. Reinald Brunner ist leitender Arzt Neuroorthopädie und Chefarztstellvertreter im UKBB
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