Recovery & Support for Blount Disease in Children

NYU Langone offers several ways to help children and adolescents with Blount disease fully recover after treatment with braces or surgery. Our orthopaedic and pediatric experts can connect families with physical therapists and nutritionists to help ensure that your child recovers quickly. They can also show you ways to reduce excessive pressure on the growth plate and to prevent the condition from returning.
 
Child life services, offered through NYU Langone’s Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care, can make a hospital stay more comfortable when your child is having surgery. 

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists at NYU Langone can help with a variety of exercises to reinforce proper alignment and improve muscle strength, mobility, coordination, balance, and gait after treatment with braces or surgery for Blount disease. Our therapists may also teach your child how to use breathing techniques and ice or heat therapy to reduce pain after surgery. 

Nutritional Support

Nutritional support is an important part of ongoing care for children with Blount disease, especially in adolescents who are obese or do not naturally obtain enough vitamin D. Our registered dietitians can provide advice about supplements that can increase vitamin D intake and teach you how to help your child lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. This can help to prevent a recurrence of bowing after surgery.

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