Straightening Young Spines
Our pediatric orthopedic team treats all types of scoliosis, including infantile idiopathic scoliosis (occurring before age 3), juvenile idiopathic scoliosis (ages 3-9), adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (age 10 to young adulthood), congenital scoliosis (spine problems that develop before a child is born), and neuromuscular scoliosis (seen in children with diseases like muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy). We tailor treatment to your child’s specific needs, and their well-being is our greatest concern:
- Not all children with scoliosis need surgery. Your child’s orthopedist may order a brace and have it made at a local clinic, and then monitor your child’s progress as he or she grows and uses the brace.
- For children who need surgery, our pediatric orthopedic surgeon specializes in scoliosis correction and maximizing function. We also offer the MAGEC® System for early-onset scoliosis, in which special rods are surgically inserted into the spine and periodically adjusted using a magnetic external remote controller applied to the outside of the child’s back. This approach spares young children from multiple surgeries and simplifies their care.
Effective Treatment for Orthopedic Injuries
When a bone fracture or other orthopedic injury occurs, having it set properly the first time by an orthopedist with experience treating children can enhance the chance of a good recovery, proper alignment, and normal bone development. Our team commonly treats wrist, forearm, elbow, ankle, leg, and hip fractures as well as other broken bones in children and adolescents, setting the break carefully to try to avoid surgery. In growing children who need surgery to repair a fracture, we perform the operation without disturbing the growth plates so that normal bone growth is not interrupted.
Pediatric Sports Medicine
Today, it’s not uncommon for children to play sports all year long, and sometimes the same sport. This can lead to overuse injuries. Our pediatric orthopedic team cares for children and teens with all types of sports-related injuries, including:
- Knee injuries, such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial patellofemoral ligament tears
- Little League elbow and other throwing injuries
- Osgood Schlatter’s disease
- Sever’s disease
- Shoulder injuries
- Snapping hip syndrome
- Stress fractures
We take a nonsurgical approach first, using physical therapy, bracing, and/or injections as needed. When those methods are not sufficient to treat the problem, our surgeons are skilled in procedures to treat torn ligaments and other damaged tissues. Our goal is to support your child’s recovery in the best way possible so he or she can return to sports.
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