Pediatric orthopaedics is the medical specialty that concentrates on the diagnosis and treatment of a child’s musculoskeletal system — the complex system of bones, muscles and joints that provide structure and movement to the body. At Kentucky Children’s Hospital, pediatric orthopaedics services are provided by pediatric experts at UK Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, in cooperation with Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center – Lexington. The collaborative pediatric orthopaedics program between Kentucky Children’s Hospital and Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center – Lexington is ranked 40th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
Children with bone and joint problems face a number of unique concerns, because they respond to musculoskeletal issues and treatments differently than adults, both physically and emotionally. In addition, children’s bodies are still growing, and they need special attention to ensure proper healing and development. Our specialists offer the comprehensive care your child needs.
Our multidisciplinary approach treats the whole patient with the goal of improving a child’s quality of life. We coordinate care with providers in orthopaedic-related specialties, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, prosthetics, radiology, rheumatology and social services.
- Bone fractures (broken bones)
- Bone cysts
- Bowed legs or knock knees
- Cerebral palsy
- Foot deformities, such as clubfoot or flatfoot
- Congenital hip problems, such as congenital dislocation or Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease
- Juvenile rheumatoid (or idiopathic) arthritis
- Limb length discrepancies
- Overuse injuries in adolescents
- Scoliosis and other back/spine abnormalities
- Soft tissue issues, including sprains
- Spina Bifida
- Sports injuries
One of the most common causes of childhood orthopaedic injuries is athletics. The more sports that your child plays, the chance of injury increases. That’s why our pediatric orthopaedic specialists at Kentucky Children’s Hospital and Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center – Lexington partner with the region’s largest certified athletic training staff at UK Sports Medicine. The trainers work with the majority of high schools in the region and provide services to numerous team clubs, tournaments and the Kentucky High School Athletics Association (KHSAA). The UK HealthCare early morning Sports Medicine Walk-in Clinic offers walk-in care urgent care for athletes who have recently experienced a sports injury.
This collaboration safeguards your child’s health and makes it easy to get care for traumatic sports injuries and overuse.
The collaborative orthopaedics program at Kentucky Children’s Hospital and Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center – Lexington has been designated a U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital for Orthopedics for a reason. Our fellowship-trained specialists have extensive experience in evaluating, treating and managing musculoskeletal problems in children. Our providers also have expertise in talking with children and family members to put them at ease during orthopaedic care.