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Information About Pediatric Orthopedics

Pediatric orthopedics is the division of orthopedics that cares for children's issues. Caring for kids is very different from the care of adults. Pediatric orthopedic surgeons face specific issues in the treatment of children.
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  2. Pediatric Fractures (7)
  3. Pediatric Hip Injuries (8)
  4. Pediatric Spine Conditions (5)

Toe Walking in Children
Toe walking is common in children learning to walk, but it usually resolves by the age of two years. If toe walking persists, it is considered abnormal and should be evaluated. Treatment may be considered, although observation is also reasonable.

Congenital Vertical Talus
Congenital vertical talus is an uncommon foot condition found in newborns. Babies with congenital vertical talus often have associated conditions including myelomeningocele or arthrogryposis. Treatment of congenital vertical talus usually requires a surgical procedure.

Metatarsus Adductus
Metatarsus adductus is a common foot problem seen in newborns and infants. Children born with metatarsus adductus have the foot where the forefoot and toes are pointed inwards. Most children will correct the foot deformity without specific treatment.

Most Common Birth Injuries
While injuries to the baby during childbirth are uncommon, they do occur. The most common injuries to babies that occur during delivery are broken bones and nerve injuries. Fortunately, most of these injuries will heal with minimal treatments.

Erb's Palsy
Erb's palsy is a condition that occurs during childbirth when the nerves of the brachial plexus are stretched to the point of injury. Treatment of Erb's palsy is to allow the nerves to heal with time. In some cases of Erb's palsy, surgery may be required.

Orthopedic Conditions: Newborns
There are several unique orthopedic problems that affect newborns. Your baby's pediatrician will look for these common conditions, and possibly refer your child to a pediatric orthopedic specialist if there is any concern.

Sport-Specific Injuries In Children
Information on many sports and the injuries you need to be aware of if your child participates in these athletic programs.

Growing Pains
Can be due to Osgood-Schlatter Disease, which is common in growing adolescents, due to repetitive stress involving motions of the knee.

How to Wear a Backpack
Backpacks are an easy way for children and teenagers to carry their books and school supplies. The purpose of a backpack is to evenly distribute the weight of these items to the large muscles that support our bodies. Backpacks that are too heavily loaded or improperly worn can cause problems and even lead to injuries.

Osgood-Schlatter Disease
A common condition, Osgood Schlatter Disease, is often seen in teens and pre-teens and attributed to "growing pains."

Sever's Disease
Sever’s disease is a painful condition of the heel in growing children.

Clubfoot
Clubfoot is a congenital deformity of the feet seen in newborn children. Clubfoot causes the feet to point down and inwards. The treatment for clubfoot begins immediately after the child is born.

Osteogenesis Imperfecta
Osteogenesis imperfecta is a disease that causes a defect in the production of a protein called collagen. This childhood disorder causes many problems including frequent fractures.

Kohler's Disease - Osteonecrosis of the Navicular
Kohler's Disease is a condition of the midfoot of young children. Kohler's Disease is most common in children around the age of 5 years. Exactly why some children develop Kohler's Disease is not clear.

Sprengel's Deformity
Sprengel's Deformity is a condition of the shoulder seen in children. Children with Sprengel's Deformity have an undescended scapula that sits higher on the back than the other side.

Back Braces for Adolescents with Scoliosis
Brace treatment is commonly used for adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis. Research has demonstrated braces are effective to prevent progression.

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis occurs when there is an abnormal spine curve. Treatment is determined by which children may have curve progression.

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