Pediatric Orthopaedics

Pediatric orthopaedics is a specialty focusing on children from infancy to 18 years of age. It involves the diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic problems intrinsic to the developing body. Many of the orthopaedic problems of children are unique to their age group and treatment will often affect the adult lives of young patients.

As the young body grows, problems related to particular stages of development may arise. Developmental dysplasia of the hip, for instance, is a condition specific to infancy. Immediate treatment can result in a normal hip. Lack of treatment or complications may result in severe lifelong disability.

Other areas of specialty in pediatric orthopaedics include congenital deformities such as club feet and extra digits, fractures which affect bone growth, scoliosis which may result in severe back deformity, and neuromuscular diseases such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy.

SCOLIOSIS

Spine deformities such as scoliosis and kyphosis are skeletal problems that result in curvature of the spine. In scoliosis, the curvature is lateral and often causes rotation of the vertebra which in turn causes a rib hump deformity. In kyphosis, an excessive posterior curve of the spine gives a "round back" appearance. Treatment for spine deformities includes bracing as well as surgical options.

Other problems of the spine may occur as a result of significant injury, tumor or infection. When a slip of one vertebrae on another occurs, it may be as a result of a stress fracture in adolescence. This condition is known as spondylolisthesis and may cause back pain as well as leg pain. In addition, many of the neurologic diseases such as cerebral palsy and poliomyelitis may cause spinal deformities which require treatment.

To learn more, we encourage you to search our patient education section for areas of interest to help you understand your orthopaedic injuries, conditions, and treatment options click here.

To better serve our patients we offer onsite X-rays and MRIs.

Our Physicians

PAUL J. URBANEK, MD PAUL J. URBANEK, MD

Pediatric Orthopaedics and Spine Care & Surgery