Your child will have expert care from an experienced team of pediatric orthopaedic surgeons and specialized doctors. They treat conditions that affect bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles.
Arm and leg deformities
Sometimes called skeletal limb abnormalities, these problems in the bone structure of the arms and legs happen in growing children and are a common reason for visits to our pediatric orthopaedists.
Blount’s disease caused shinbones to turn inward. It often affects both legs and gives a bowed appearance. Treatment may include braces or surgery.
Bowlegs and knock-knees
Young children usually grow out of these common conditions by the age of 13. Those who don't may have pain while running or problems in the spine. We can treat these conditions with minimally invasive surgery.
Femoral or fibular deficiencies
Femoral or fibular deficiencies occur when the thighbone or shinbone doesn’t grow to the proper length or may be abnormal. Treatment may include braces or reconstructive surgery.
Physeal bar formation
Injury or infection can interrupt growth and cause breaks at the ends of long bones. Physeal bar formation most often affects the legs. Treatment may include nonsurgical setting of the bone or surgery.
Skeletal dysplasia affects growth and development. It deforms the head, spine, arms and legs. Treatments include growth hormone, physical therapy and back braces.
Neuromuscular disorders affect the muscles that move your arms and legs. Physical or occupational therapy can help some disorders improve. Those that affect daily activities such as walking, running or sitting may need surgery.
Your child’s bones can break or fracture causing a disruption to daily life. Most commonly, breaks happen as a result of falls or a traumatic even (like a car accident). Sports injury is on-the-rise as one of the most common cause of broken bones in children.
Elbow fractures can happen in or around the elbow and make up about 10 percent of all childhood broken bones. Symptoms include severe elbow pain, swelling and limited movement.
A broken thighbone is a serious injury that needs emergency care. Look for symptoms such as an odd angle in the thigh, swelling and the inability to stand or walk. Take your child to the emergency room immediately or call 911.
Broken forearm bones make up nearly 50 percent of all childhood fractures. Look for a misshapen forearm, swelling and severe pain. Your child may not be able to twist the forearm.
The area near the ends of long bones in the arms and legs are the last to become solid. This makes them more likely to break. Growth fractures need immediate care to ensure proper healing.
Hip disorders are often developmental but can also result from injuries or infections. Because the hip joint allows us to move our legs, these disorders can limit your child’s ability to complete normal tasks - and can be painful since our hips support our body weight.
Hip dysplasia happens when one or both hip sockets don't form right and can cause the thighbones to dislocate. This painful condition can lead to arthritis. Treatments may include braces, casts or surgery.
Temporary loss of blood to the hip causes the rounded head of the thighbone to die. After a few months the blood flow increases and new bone grows again. Perthes usually affects children 4 to 10 years old.
Slipped capital femoral epiphysis
This unusual condition causes the ball on the thighbone to slip off. SCFE usually develops during puberty. Surgery is the normal treatment.
The spine is a complex system of bones that protect your child’s spinal cord. Spinal conditions can result from anything that affects that basic structure including:
- Chronic conditions
These conditions can be painful and limit your child’s movement.
Kyphosis is a spinal curve that causes an abnormal rounding of the back. Treatment may include physical therapy, braces or surgery.
Scoliosis (spine curvature) is the most common spine deformity in children, affecting more girls than boys. Without treatment, spine curvature may cause long-term problems with the lungs or other organs.
Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis
These are the most common causes of lower-back pain in young athletes. Spondylolysis is a stress fracture in one of the spinal bones. Spondylolisthesis occurs when the bone slips out of place and pressed on the nerves in the spine. Spinal surgery may repair the condition.
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