Dr. Thomas M. Kolenda and his staff at Kolenda Chiropractic and Acupuncture specialize in all aspects of pediatric care, as well as pregnancy and prenatal care. The doctor serves the residents of Austin, Texas, and many nearby communities.
Pediatric Care Q & A
What age Range Does Pediatrics Cover?
Pediatrics involves the care and treatment of children ranging in age from newborn to 18 years of age. Some practices limit their range of age to 16 years. At that time, children have grown sufficiently enough for their bodies to have matured enough to be seen by a primary care physician who specializes in adult practice. A child's body, although similar to that of an adult, has a variety of differences that call for a specialized type of care. Infants and children, example, have a more delicate respiratory system than an adult. Everything is much smaller and more confined. Treating a child can take a unique set of skills that many doctors don't specialize in.
What is Involved in Pediatric Chiropractic Care?
Children are creatures formed from play and exuberance. As they grow, accidents and injuries can occur that cause their bones to shit and move. In most cases, the bones will travel back to their original position because of their flexibility and the fact that many of the bones in their joints have not yet fused together. In cases, where an injury is severe, seeing a chiropractor who specializes in pediatric care can help to ensure the child's musculoskeletal structure returns to its original position. A chiropractor can help to gently guide the muscles and bones back to where they need to be without further causing injury or harm to the area.
When Should a Child be Seen?
A child should be taken to a chiropractor any time they have received an injury that may affect the head, neck, spine, hips, or other aspects of the musculoskeletal system. Muscle strains and sprains that may have no apparent connection to a bone or joint may also need to be checked to determine the exact cause. Any time a child hits their head or injures their neck, a visit to the chiropractor is in order. Even if it proves to be nothing serious, a head or neck wound that is left untreated can cause several problems in the future. Proper care given immediately after the injury occurs can mean the difference between the level of pain the child endures and the length of healing time.