Pediatric Orthopedics

Pediatric Orthopedics

Our orthopedic teams include experts specially trained in the care of children and their developing bones. CHRISTUS Children’s offers programs for:

  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal deformities
  • Hip preservation
  • Sports medicine
  • Fractures

A little girl dancing Scoliosis & Spinal Deformities

Scoliosis and spinal deformities occur in children for many reasons, and most do not require surgery. Our team specializes in surgical and non-surgical management of scoliosis and other spine deformities. We work with orthotists, therapists, and other pediatric specialists to determine the best treatment plan for your child. We aim to get kids back to their activities, sports, and fun with friends as quickly as possible.

Conditions We Treat 

  • Scoliosis Adolescent idiopathic 
  • Neuromuscular Congenital Kyphosis - Scheuermann’s 
  • Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis 
  • Back pain

Treatment Available 

  • Evaluation and surveillance 
  • Bracing and casting 
  • Surgical Treatments 
  • Spinal fusion 
  • Growing devices 
    • Traditional 
    • MAGEC Rod 
    • VEPTR Halo Traction 

A six year old boy swigging Clubfoot & Foot Disorders

Feet are an amazing part of the body that help children move and participate in activities as they grow. A variety of conditions can affect the growing foot, making it more challenging to treat. That’s why you need our team of pediatric orthopedic specialists with expertise in treating infants and children of all ages. Our team will work to help your child’s feet function as they should. 

Conditions We Treat 

  • Clubfoot 
  • Congenital Vertical Talus 
  • Toe walking/contractures 
  • Accessory Navicular 
  • Extra Toes - Polydactyly 
  • Curly toes 
  • Flat feet 
  • In-toeing and Out-toeing 


Three preteen's playing hopscotchSports Medicine

When children suffer an athletic-related injury, our care team’s goal is a quick return to the playing field, court, or stage. Our team of orthopedic surgeons are ready to repair sports injuries in ligaments or cartilage of the knee, shoulder, hip, ankle or elbow joint. We provide non-surgical and surgical treatment to help children get off the sidelines and back in the game. Read more about our pediatric sports medicine. 

10 year old boys riding a bikeFractures & Other Injuries

Kids fall and get hurt every day while being active and having fun. Our team of doctors is here to help kids recover from their injuries and get back to sports and play as quickly and safely as possible. Children are different than adults because their bodies are still growing. All members of our team specialize in pediatric orthopedics and taking care of growing kids. 

Common Fractures & Injuries

  • Wrist and forearm
  • Simple finger fractures 
  • Clavicle 
  • Tibia  
  • Ankle Foot and toe injuries
  • Ankle sprains 
  • Patella dislocations 
  • Elbow dislocations 
  • Jammed finger 

A toddler playing with toysCongenital & Developmental

Children can be affected by many different medical differences that can impact their appearance and their ability to participate in activities. Our specialized team is here to help children with these medical differences so they can be more active and avoid future complications.   

Conditions We Treat 

  • Hip dysplasia 
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta 
  • Blount’s disease (tibia vara) 
  • Bowed legs and knock-knees 
  • Limb length discrepancies and limb deformity 
  • Leg deformity associated with metabolic bone disease 
  • Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE)
  • Neuromuscular disorders 
    • Cerebral Palsy 
    • Rett Spinal Muscular Atrophy 

A portrait of a preteen girlHip Preservation Program

When an adolescent or young adult experiences hip pain, we have one of the region’s most experienced surgeons in this area of orthopedics. Our board-certified pediatric orthopedic surgeons specialize in procedures to treat hip dysplasia: femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), Perthes or slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE). These hip preservation procedures can help avoid artificial joint replacement surgery and the often subsequent onset of osteoarthritis. 

A young boy playing with bubbles outsideGrowth Plate Injuries

Our orthopedic team treats growth plate injuries in children. A growth plate injury occurs happens when growth plates become damaged. Damage happens to the cartilage plates at either end of the bones found in growing children’s bodies.

These growth plates (epiphyseal plates) determine how long and strong a bone will be when fully developed.

CHRISTUS Children's - Orthopedic Clinic

At CHRISTUS Children's - Orthopedic Clinic, our team of fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeons also includes care members specifically trained in pediatric orthopedics.

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Patient Resources & Information

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