Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon & Scoliosis Specialist located in Sugar Land, TX
If your child suffers frequent fractures due to brittle bones, it could be caused by a condition called osteogenesis imperfecta. At OrthoHouston in Sugar Land and Katy, Texas, pediatric orthopedic specialists diagnose this condition and treat it to reduce the risk of fractures and strengthen the affected bones. Call the OrthoHouston office today or use the online booking feature to have your child screened and treated for osteogenesis imperfecta.
Osteogeneis Imperfecta Q&A
What is osteogenesis imperfecta?
Osteogenesis imperfecta, also called brittle bone disease, causes weak bones that break easily. People with the condition suffer frequent fractures without a known cause. While there’s no cure for osteogenesis imperfecta, treatment reduces your child’s risk of severe complications.
What are the risk factors for osteogenesis imperfecta?
While anyone can develop osteogenesis imperfecta, it affects about one in 20,000 people. Because it’s caused by a gene mutation, your risk is higher if you have a family history of bone diseases. Because it’s genetic, osteogenesis imperfecta can’t be prevented if you’re prone to it.
What are the symptoms of osteogenesis imperfecta?
The symptoms of osteogenesis imperfecta include:
- Weak bones
- Frequent fractures
- Bone deformities
- Hearing impairment
- Easy bruising
- Muscle weakness
- Loose joints
- Difficulty breathing
- Curved spine
- Small stature
- Triangular face shape
- Discolored, weak, or brittle teeth
- Whites of the eyes that look bluish
These and other symptoms can be mild or moderate or severe and debilitating. People with severe osteogenesis imperfecta can suffer hundreds of broken bones for no apparent reason.
How is osteogenesis imperfecta diagnosed?
To diagnose osteogenesis imperfecta, Our specialists review your child’s symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle. They check their vital signs, completes a physical exam to look for bone abnormalities, and often order blood tests and bone density screenings. The condition is often detectable using genetic testing before a baby is born.
How is osteogenesis imperfecta treated?
To treat osteogenesis imperfecta, Our specialists will likely recommend a combination of treatments. Examples include physical therapy, occupational therapy, medications, a healthy diet, and assistive devices like walkers or canes to maximize mobility. Your child might need braces, casts, splints, or surgery to treat fractures caused by osteogenesis imperfecta.
The treatment goal is to reduce the risk of fractures, treat the fractures, and ease the pain associated with osteogenesis imperfecta. Your child might have to make lifestyle changes, like avoiding specific activities to reduce their chances of getting injured.
Call OrthoHouston today to schedule a screening to learn if your child has osteogenesis imperfecta and begin treatment. You can also set up a vi
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