Pediatric Orthopedics

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The Orthopedics Department at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital offers complete and quality care for children with all types of acquired or congenital bone and joint disorders.

Whether your child suffers from a bone fracture or more complex condition such as cerebral palsy, our team provides the comprehensive services your child needs to get back on track.

These services include surgery, non-operative treatments, casting or splinting, fracture fixation and physical therapy. Working closely with SLUCare Physician Group pediatric orthopedic surgeons, our goal is to mend your child’s body and provide support they need and deserve to stay healthy.

Common Conditions We Treat

Our orthopedic team treats the range of problems of the bone, joint, spine and limb in growing children. Some of these problems may be present at birth or occur as the result of injury. Common conditions we treat include:

  • Fractures - a broken bone caused by blunt force to the bone
  • Sports-related injuries -  the most common type are sprains, strains, fractures, dislocations, cuts, and injuries to the teeth, ankles, and knees
  • Gait/intoeing problems – irregularities in a child’s stride including feet that are turned inward while walking
  • Clubfoot – a common birth defect in which the foot is turned downward and inward
  • Hip Dysplasia - displacement of the hip which a child can be born with or develop later
  • Cerebral Palsy – a disorder affecting motor skills, movement and posture
  • Myelodysplasia – incomplete development of the spinal cord which can cause paralysis of the legs
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease – problem with the blood supply to the hip which can cause breakdown of the bone
  • Bone and joint infections - primarily due to staph infection, and can lead to destruction of the bone
  • Spinal disorders - are typically present at birth, or caused by a condition that affects bones or neurologic function

Signs and Symptoms of an Orthopedic Condition

Make an appointment to see a trained orthopedic doctor if you child has any of these symptoms:

  • Complaints of pain
  • Limping
  • Noticeable deformity in arms, legs, or spine
  • Refusal to use an arm or leg
  • Redness or swelling

Treatments We Provide

Our program offers the most advanced treatment options for any bone and joint condition. Depending on your child’s situation, their treatment may require:

  • Casting or splinting
  • Non-operative treatments such as physical therapy and bracing
  • Fracture fixation involving surgical rods, plates, screws and/or pins
  • Operative surgery

One of our trained pediatric orthopedist will discuss treatment options in depth with you and your child at the time of your visit.

For more complex conditions such as cerebral palsy, neurofibromatosis and myelodysplasia, we collaborate with Neurology, Genetics, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology and Urology to provide outpatient treatment and rehabilitation. Multidisciplinary clinics are available for these disorders so your child can see each doctor during one appointment block.

Surgical Options

Our SLUCare Physician Group board-certified surgeons combine advanced skill and state-of-the-art technology to achieve results with the least damage to other tissues and the fastest recovery time.

At SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, we will help you understand your child’s condition and guide you to the most appropriate treatment, so you can be confident your child is getting the best care possible. To ensure continuity in care, we work with your child’s pediatrician to develop a treatment plan and schedule the necessary follow-up appointments. To make an appointment, call 314-268-4010. For cerebral palsy appointments, call 314-577-5646, ext. 2.

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