Doctors specializing in pediatric orthopedics, known as pediatric orthopedists, care for joint problems in infants, children and adolescents. They can help diagnose and treat injuries and conditions of the musculoskeletal system, including bones, joint and limbs. Common reasons to see them include broken bones, fractures, injured knees or hips and conditions like scoliosis.
Pediatric orthopedic surgeons in Denver
Our expert pediatric orthopedic doctors provide your child with advanced, kid-friendly care.
At Rocky Mountain Pediatric OrthoONE, in Colorado's Rocky Mountain region, our orthopedists and physician associates work closely with you and your child. With kind hearts, experience and knowledge, we will make sure your child feels safe and cared for.
Pediatric orthopedic conditions we treat
We treat a wide range of orthopedic injuries, disorders and congenital differences in infants, children and adolescents, including:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Amniotic band syndrome
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
- Arm, wrist and hand fractures
- Bifid thumb
- Bone infections
- Bowleggedness, including Blount disease
- Broken bones
- Burners, also called stingers
- Cerebral palsy
- Chronic ankle sprains
- Cleft hand
- Club foot
- Congenital orthopedic disorders
- Congenital patellar dislocation (CPD)
- Dislocated joints
- Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
- Fractured bones
- Ganglion cyst (bible bumps)
- Growing pains
- Genu valgum (knock knees)
- Hip fractures
- Leg, ankle and foot fractures
- Limb length discrepancy
- Medial collateral ligament injury (MCL)
- Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the elbow and knee
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome (runner's knee or chondromalacia)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Brachydactyly, polydactyly, symbrachydactyly and syndactyly
- Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD)
- Radial head subluxation (nursemaid’s elbow)
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Sports injuries
- Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE)
- Snapping hip syndrome
- Spina bifida
- Spinal injuries, diseases and tumors
- Spine fractures
- Spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis
- Tendinitis and tendon ruptures
- Thumb hypoplasia
- Transient synovitis of the hip (irritable hip)
- Triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFC)
- Trigger thumb
Pediatric orthopedic services we offer
Our pediatric orthopedic services are wide ranging and incorporate many methods of care. We strive to find the least invasive method to treat your child's condition while creating a warm, secure environment for them.
Diagnosing orthopedic injuries and conditions in kids
When you bring your child to one of our offices, we gather all of the necessary medical information as we work to find a diagnosis. Some conditions can be diagnosed with a simple physical examination, while others need imaging services to get to the root of your child's symptoms.
Our diagnostic and imaging services include:
- Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis prognostic testing
- Computerized tomography (CT) scan
- Electromyography (EMG)
- Low-dose X-rays and arthrograms
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Nerve conduction studies (NCS)
- Newborn hip screening
- Range of motion tests
Our nonsurgical pediatric orthopedic services
Many children come to our office with an acute orthopedic condition — such as growing pains, ganglion cysts or ankle sprains — that requires minimal intervention. For these, time is often the best medicine.
For other temporary conditions, our orthopedists might recommend monitoring, over-the-counter (OTC) anti-inflammatory medications, at-home exercise programs and activity modification (e.g., refraining from playing sports for a time). We also may recommend physical therapy or an orthotic device for congenital or chronic conditions.
Our nonsurgical treatment options include:
- Casts, splints and slings
- Circular fixators
- Hip spica cast
- Joint manipulation
- Pavlik harness (to treat developmental dysplasia of the hip)
- Prescription pain medication
- Rigid and nonrigid braces
- Rigid hip orthosis
Personalized orthotic devices
Some of our orthotics include body part-specific devices such as knee-ankle-foot orthotics (KAFOs) and elbow-wrist-hand-finger orthotics (EWHFOs). These devices are often custom-built to fit your child properly as they strengthen muscles, heal fractures and stabilize joints. They may also need an orthotic device following surgery or to help correct a congenital condition.
Nonsurgical options for congenital orthopedic disorders
Parents often come to our office hoping to treat a congenital abnormality with surgery, fearing their child will face unnecessary struggles in life due to their condition. Other parents are wary of surgery and are hoping for nonsurgical options. Whatever reason brings you to our door, our orthopedists are here to offer you information and reassurance.
We also know that adaptation is the hallmark of childhood. A child born with a congenital difference can, of course, go on to lead a productive, healthy life. Some of our smallest patients with symbrachydactyly (shortened or missing fingers) or mild thumb hypoplasia simply adapt and learn ways to function just as effectively as their peers. For many of our other young patients who are born with a cleft hand, the function is so exceptional that no treatment is necessary.
Like any of life's many challenges, your child will face theirs with your love and support, and, when needed, the noninvasive care of our pediatric orthopedic clinic.
Our surgical pediatric orthopedic services
Ultimately, some injuries and conditions do require surgery. Our talented orthopedic surgeons have decades of experience providing a wide range of procedures to help your child grow and thrive. Minimally invasive procedures we offer include steroid injections, pars injections and joint aspiration.
Other more complex and condition-specific procedures include:
- Cartilage transplantation
- Extra- and intra-articular ACL surgery
- Skin grafts
- Spinal fusion
- Spinal stenosis surgery
- Trigger thumb surgery
- Vertebral body tethering (VBT), a fusionless scoliosis treatment
- Web-space reconstruction
Advanced surgeries for congenital disorders
We also offer highly specialized, complex surgical procedures for the hands and feet, such as pollicization to treat severe thumb hypoplasia. For children born with a floating or no thumb, our surgeons can create one by moving, rotating and shortening the index finger.
Our pediatric orthopedic surgeons can also perform a toe-to-hand transfer, which is a complex microsurgery that requires years of dedication and training. These procedures take both function and cosmetics into consideration so that your child can move through life with little difficulty.
Pediatric foot and ankle care
Our pediatric orthopedists can manage and treat rare congenital differences as well as common injuries and conditions of the feet and ankles. Recognized as regional experts in the management of pediatric orthopedics, our specialists are fellowship trained in their orthopedic subspecialty of the lower extremities.
Many foot and ankle conditions are related to overuse in athletics, so our orthopedic surgeons work closely with our sports medicine physicians to create a plan of care. We also have extensive knowledge and experience working with children born with congenital foot differences, such as missing or extra toes and club feet.
Pediatric hand and upper extremity care
From injuries such as wrist sprains and finger dislocations to congenital abnormalities such as cleft hands or polydactyly, our hand and upper extremity specialists can treat a range of conditions. We treat the hands, wrists, shoulders and elbows.
Pediatric hip and knee care
Joint care is an essential part of any orthopedic program. Our specialists can help if your child has a condition of the knee or hip, including transient toxic synovitis, snapping hip syndrome (dancer's hip), developmental hip dysplasia and torn ACL. Whether it's a congenital difference or a sports injury, we are here to diagnose and treat your child.
Pediatric orthopedic urgent care
When your child needs immediate care for a musculoskeletal injury, the teams of orthopedic experts at our urgent care clinics are standing by. Our orthopedic walk-in clinics are located at Sky Ridge Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children and offer treatment for sprains, strains, fractures, dislocations and ligament injuries. We also provide on-site imaging and in-office casts, braces and splints.
Pediatric spine care
We are dedicated to the treatment of spinal disorders in infants, children and teenagers. Our patient-focused approach is essential to understanding your child's overall health, underlying medical problems, lifestyle, school requirements, athletic aspirations and expectations. We want you to have the information you need to fully understand their spine condition and our recommended treatments. We also offer many advanced treatments for spine conditions. For example, we provide minimally invasive surgery for scoliosis that requires no spinal fusion.
Pediatric sports medicine
The doctors in our youth sports medicine program understand that young athletes don't want to quit because of an injury. We also understand parents want to make sure their athletes can return to the game safely and quickly. Our specialists can help.
Musculoskeletal injuries and medical problems in growing children differ from those commonly seen in older patients. It's important to see our pediatric sports medicine specialists who understand this distinction. We are also highly experienced in talking to children of all ages in a way that’s developmentally appropriate as well as compassionate.