Children have unique orthopedic needs and concerns because they are still growing and developing. Their body’s response to injuries, infections, and disease may be quite different than what you would expect in an adult. In many cases, very young patients do not have the words to describe their condition. They do not understand why they hurt or why their parents are worried. These young patients may often be afraid and emotional during the physical exam and testing process.
Pediatric orthopedic surgeons focus their practice on children and treat growing bones, joints, and muscles. They know how to examine and treat children in a way that makes the patient relaxed and cooperative. They have received advanced specialty training in pediatric orthopedics.
Expert Pediatric Orthopedic Care for Children of All Ages
We offer specialized orthopedic care for injuries, diseases, and conditions of the musculoskeletal system for children. This includes caring for our pediatric athletes and returning them to competition as quickly as possible.
This skilled team is well-respected in the medical community across the state, offering decades of combined experience along with specialized fellowship training in pediatric orthopedics. They are also actively involved in research that has resulted in improvements in surgical outcomes and recovery. You can be assured of state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment.
Personalized Care That Involves the Whole Family
We treat a wide range of conditions ranging from broken bones to more serious conditions that threaten quality of life:
- Bow legs
- Club feet
- Fractures & broken bones
- Hip disorders including congenital hip dysplasia and related problems
- Limb malalignment
- Neuromuscular conditions such as spina bifida and cerebral palsy
- Scoliosis and other spinal deformities
- Sports and other injuries
- Tumors of the bone and joints
You can expect a thorough evaluation, which may include additional diagnostic testing…including X-ray and MRI.
Each child is different, and we will develop a personalized treatment plan. We understand that families play a huge role in the child’s recovery, and we will actively involve the entire family in each step of the process.
Many Treatment Options
We offer immediate care for fractures and other trauma. Many conditions and injuries can be treated without surgery by using medication, rest, bracing and splints, physical therapy, and/or time (to observe growth). If physical therapy is recommended, you will have access to one of our on-site Physical Therapy Centers that is convenient to where you live or work.
When surgery is required, our young patients will benefit from the most up-to-date surgical techniques including; VEPTR (vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib devices), robotic spine surgery, Shilla procedure, and the Magec rod procedure for thoracic insufficiency and early onset scoliosis. Drs. Sharps, Tuten, Aarons and Hale and their dedicated staff will continue to work with each child until he or she is fully recovered.