Pediatrics – Orthopedic Surgery
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Children's orthopedic problems are quite different from those typically seen in adults. Because children are still growing and developing, their bodies respond differently to injuries and infections of the musculoskeletal system. Indeed, many of the orthopedic problems we see in children do not even occur in adults.
We understand that each child is special, and we care for each accordingly. We also realize that this is a confusing and worrisome time for the parents and family, and work collaboratively with them to develop a treatment plan that is best for the child. We combine compassionate care with conservative treatment, standard surgical procedures, and cutting-edge technologies.
Our pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Dr. T. Desmond Brown, is fellowship-trained and has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of all acquired and congenital pediatric orthopedic problems.
4th Floor, Suite 4B
Shapiro Center 617.638.5633
Conditions We Treat
A broken ankle, also called an ankle fracture, is a common childhood injury. An ankle fracture is a break in one or more of the bones that make up the ankle: the tibia, fibula, and talus.
Children can develop infections in their bones, joints, or muscles. Sometimes called "deep" infections.
Clubfoot is a condition in which an infant's foot is turned inward, often so severely that the bottom of the foot faces sideways or even upward. Approximately one infant in every 1,000 live births will have clubfoot, making it one of the more common congenital (present at birth) foot deformities.
The hip is a "ball-and-socket" joint. In a normal hip, the ball at the upper end of the thighbone (femur) fits firmly into the socket, which is part of the large pelvis bone. In babies and children with developmental dysplasia (dislocation) of the hip (DDH), the hip joint has not formed normally. The ball is loose in the socket and may be easily dislocate.
Elbow fractures are common childhood injuries, accounting for about 10% of all childhood fractures. In many cases, a simple fracture will heal well with conservative cast treatment. Some types of elbow fractures, however, including those in which the pieces of bone are significantly out of place, may require surgery.
The femur (thighbone) is the largest and strongest bone in the body. It can break when a child experiences a sudden forceful impact.
Forearm fractures often occur when children are doing activities like playing or participating in sports. If a child takes a tumble and falls onto an outstretched arm, there is a chance it may result in a forearm fracture. A child's bones heal more quickly than an adult's, so it is important to treat a fracture promptly—before healing begins—to avoid future problems.
Scoliosis is a condition that causes the spine to curve sideways. There are several different types of scoliosis that affect children and adolescents. The most common type is "idiopathic," which means the exact cause is not known.
Other Conditions We Treat:
- Gait abnormality
- Limb deformity
- Pediatric fractures