Orthopedic Conditions We Treat

To make an appointment call 317-338-7674

Bone and Joint Infection – Osteomyelitis refers to a bacterial infection affecting the bones or joint. Orthopedic surgeons at PMCH are highly experienced treating these types of conditions with targeted antibiotics and medication therapy, as well as surgical interventions and bone grafting if needed.

Congenital deformities (including clubfoot and DDH) – At birth, the pediatric orthopedic specialists are available to the neonatologist, family and NICU staff at St.Vincent Women’s Center. For example, clubfoot is seen in 1 in every 1,000 births. There are several kinds of nonsurgical treatment for an infant with clubfoot including serial manipulation and casting, taping, physical therapy and splinting, and use of a machine that provides continuous passive motion.

Deformity correction – Surgical treatment for clubfoot and other limb discrepancy may require a specific intervention. This group is well aware of how to adapt surgical techniques so that the child has optimum growth and development.

Cerebral Palsy (CP) – This pediatric neurologic disorder represents a variety of chronic conditions affecting body movement, posture and coordination in approximately 2 out of every 1,000 births in developed countries. CP is often related to unusual muscle contractions, stiffness, and involuntary spasms. Severe symptoms may cause an inability to walk or talk, cause scoliosis or hip dislocations, as well as, vision, hearing, feeding, and even breathing problems. These orthopedic specialists have many resources for families including a well-coordinated program with pediatric physical therapists and other rehabilitative services.

Fractures and trauma – These physicians provide fracture and traumatic injury coverage in the Hilbert Pediatric Emergency Department, PMCH

Genetic and metabolic disorders (including brittle bone disease) – Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) refers to a group of genetic disorder that includes brittle, fragile bones that break easily, short stature, and a triangular face. The treatment for OI focuses on managing symptoms, preventing complications, and developing and maintaining bone mass and muscle strength. Our expertise with the proper care and immobilization of fractures is essential to ensuring that bones heal properly. This group is also highly experienced in surgical techniques involving rods designed like telescopes so the rod expands as the bones grow.

Muscular Dystrophy (MD) is a genetic progressive condition that causes the muscle fibers to weaken and break down. MD affects the control and movement in the arms, legs and trunk and can even affect the heart. The orthopedic physicians utilize the multidisciplinary team approach at PMCH to help families manage this life-long condition by focusing on preventing or minimizing deformities and maximizing the child’s functional ability at home and in the community. Both nonsurgical and surgical interventions, along with nutritional and psychological consulting are offered.

Spinal deformities and scoliosis – When the spine is curved and/or rotated beyond normal, we call this scoliosis. This condition is often associated with growth spurts, congenital abnormalities, as well as, other diseases such cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy, and neurofibromatosis. A proper scoliosis diagnosis involves a thorough medical history and comprehensive physician exam to determine if any other problems may be causing the spine to curve. Scoliosis is confirmed with an X-ray of the spine and measuring the degree of curvature. Treatment depends on the kind and degree of the curve, the child’s age, as well as, the number of years in the growing cycle until the child reaches skeletal maturity, and the type of scoliosis.  This group has extensive experience treating all types of scoliosis using nonsurgical (braces) and surgical interventions.

Sports injuries – Our office has daily appointments set aside for sport injuries and follow-up care. When surgical interventions are required, we utilize special surgical techniques that allow for growth and development. For example, knee and ACL injuries need to be addressed differently, depending on the child’s age. Our physicians and staff are trained to deal with the specific challenges of the child athlete and have many resources to help families through targeted rehabilitation of the injury. We also have a multidisciplinary approach to care, especially when a concussion is involved.

Comments are closed.