Pediatric Orthopedics

Orthopedic injuries in children and teens require special consideration and techniques. Dr. Dear treats fractures and sports injuries in kids of all ages. 

What makes pediatric orthopedics different?

  • Children go through rapid growth because of parts of their bones called “growth plates.” These areas are susceptible to injuries and require care to make sure they stay healthy long after the bone has healed. This ensures proper growth and development.
  • Children’s bones are more flexible than adults. Because of this, many orthopedic injuries can be treated without surgery and do much better with casting. 
  • Sometimes it’s difficult for children to tell us exactly how they feel and what they’re feeling. 

Common pediatric orthopedic conditions that Dr. Dear treats

  • Fractures of all kinds (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, femur, knee, tibia, fibula, ankle, and foot)
  • ACL tears
  • Meniscus tears and cartilage injuries in the knee
  • Shoulder dislocations and pain
  • Throwing and other sports injuries
  • Ankle and foot injuries
  • Ganglion cysts

There are some conditions that Dr. Dear doesn’t treat and may require a fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeon and/or spine surgeon. Dr. Dear is happy to refer you to one of these specialists, if necessary. Some of these include club feet, scoliosis, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, tibial torsion, among others. 

Call our office today to see if we can help your child get back in the game!