Health Alert: Annual Shriners Pediatric Orthopaedic Screening Clinic Part 2

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Welcome back to Health Alert! Joining us for the second of our two-part interview concerning the 23rd Annual Shriners Hospital local Orthopaedic Screening Clinic at United Hospital Center is Brittanie West, D.O., a physician at UHC Family Medicine and faculty at UHC Family Medicine Residency program.

United Hospital Center in Bridgeport

Question: So over the years you have seen and helped a lot of patients at the annual Shriners Clinic at UHC Family Medicine, certainly those that suffer from burns have benefitted.

Answer: That’s right, every year these children have a greater chance of surviving from all types of burn injuries. The range of treatments needed by patients with burn injuries can include skin grafting procedures, continuous enteral feeding, infection control and procedures to lessen the effects of scarring.

In addition, aggressive rehabilitation is typically necessary, including therapy to improve range of motion, and the use of specially fitted garments, splints and other orthotic appliances to improve the patient’s ability and appearance.

Question: Most of the children that you will see at the Saturday, April 20 clinic will be those with a spinal cord injury or with an orthopaedic condition, right?

Answer: Correct. For spinal cord injuries the Shriner’s offers innovative therapies that include body-weight supported manual and automated treadmill training. Both of these methods provide weight-bearing opportunities and can help stimulate muscles and build strength and stamina.

When we are referring to orthopaedic conditions, these are congenital deformities and conditions, problems resulting from orthopaedic injuries, and diseases of the neuromusculoskeletal system. Commonly treated conditions may include: clubfoot, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, scoliosis, hand and back problems, bowed legs, rickets, and dislocated hips.

Question: Can you share with us how you would treat a patient who suffers from a cleft lip or palate?

Answer: Sure, these patients are treated by a multidisciplinary group of experts at the Shriners Hospitals for Children who work as a team to improve the child’s appearance and their ability to eat, breathe, and communicate.

Each patient’s unique treatment plan may include surgery, orthodontics, hearing, speech, and psychological therapies, along with specialized support. The results have been very promising.

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Question: Remind us how we can make an appointment for the Shriner’s/UHC one-day clinic on Saturday, April 20.

Answer: The free clinic from 10 am to 2 pm, on Saturday, April 20 will be held at UHC Family Medicine Center, located on the 5th floor of the Physician’s Office Building (next to UHC). To schedule an appointment, call (681) 342-3646. Walk-ins will also be welcomed.