Dwarfism Specialist

David S. Feldman, MD

Orthopedic Specialist located in West Palm Beach, FL

Did you know that more than 300 different conditions can lead to dwarfism? Early diagnosis and treatment can help, and is an area of specialty for world-renowned orthopedic surgeon David S. Feldman, MD, and his team at The Paley Orthopedic and Spine Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. If you or a loved one shows signs of dwarfism, come in for a personalized consultation and a discussion of treatment options. Not only does Dr. Feldman treat patients in Florida, but people travel from all over the world for his medical expertise. Booking a visit takes just moments online or by phone.

Dwarfism Q & A

What is dwarfism?

Dwarfism is a condition that leads to short stature. Generally, men and women who measure less than 4 feet 10 inches are considered to have a form of dwarfism, although the average height for someone with the condition is 4 feet. 

Dwarfism is categorized in two ways: disproportionate and proportionate. Those with disproportionate dwarfism have arms and legs that are oversized or undersized in relation to their torso. Those with proportionate dwarfism have arms and legs that are shorter than the general population, but are in proportion with the rest of their body. 

It’s important to understand that dwarfism is not associated with any form of intellectual disability. People with this condition can live long, happy, and fulfilling lives. They often pursue advanced degrees, thrive in the workforce, and raise families of their own. 

What causes dwarfism?

A multitude of conditions can cause dwarfism, but most cases are caused by genetic issues called skeletal dysplasias. This abnormal bone growth prevents normal skeletal development, leading to disproportion between limbs and torso. 

Additional causes include:

  • Growth hormone deficiency
  • Kidney disease
  • Issues with metabolism
  • Problems with your pituitary gland
  • Abnormal nutrient absorption

In many cases, there is no way to clearly determine the exact cause of dwarfism. 

Are there treatments that can help those with dwarfism?

There are numerous treatments that can help, but the key to a positive outcome is early diagnosis and intervention. Your treatment path depends on the type of dwarfism present and your treatment goals. 

Some of the potential treatments include:

  • Addressing sleep apnea early in life
  • Limb lengthening
  • Growth hormone therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Nutritional guidance
  • Orthodontic treatments as needed
  • Back bracing

Dr. Feldman creates a customized treatment plan for every individual in his care. That plan can shift and change over time as your needs evolve, but you can rest assured you have the support of a top quality care team behind you as you or your child navigate this condition.

Patient education is central to the way Dr. Feldman practices medicine. Your family will receive all the details you need to make an informed decision about a treatment path. You are encouraged to ask questions and express concerns as needed. 

Explore treatments in greater detail during a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Feldman, which you can book online or over the phone today.