Sports Medicine for Kids
Our sports medicine specialists provide athletes of all ages expert care in the management, rehabilitation and prevention of sports injuries. With advanced training in pediatrics and sports medicine, we understand the unique aspects of sports-related injuries in children and adolescents.
Conditions we treat include:
- ACL tears in patients with open growth plates
- Osteochondritis dissecans
- Shoulder dislocations
- Cartilage and growth plate injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Ligament injuries
- Apophysitis (Osgood-Schlatter)
- Stress fractures
- Overuse injuries such as Little League elbow/shoulder
Our primary goal is to treat each patient as an individual, facilitating their safest and quickest recovery and return to playing the sports they enjoy.
Childhood Obesity & Orthopedic Wellness
Our pediatric orthopedic team is the first in Georgia to focus on the ways obesity affects a child’s overall orthopedic health. Conditions include hip deformities, knee derangement and painful flat feet which can prevent children from achieving their wellness and fitness goals.
To give age-appropriate care for each child, our team of specialists assesses total quality of life and mobilization in a positive, encouraging environment. We use the latest technologies in radiographic identification to assess early onset joint disease, and we incentivize success to help each child achieve their best level of personal wellness. We provide guidance to all members of the family, encouraging family involvement as part of a child’s foundation of success in their health goals.
Complex Hip Deformity & Dysplasia
Our complex hip deformity and dysplasia specialists provide care for complex hip disorders to children and young adults of all ages. Our caring and knowledgeable team of experts evaluate and treat conditions including, but not limited to:
- Congenital hip dislocation
- Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH)
- Neurologic subluxation or dislocation
- Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE)
- Pelvis or hip fractures
- Proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD)
- Femoral acetabular impingement (FAI)
Treatment methods range from physical therapy, stretching and medical management, to minimally invasive arthroscopic treatment of hip disorders, including arthroscopy for femoral acetabular impingement, to pelvic reshaping and reorientation osteotomies (bone cuts) to help contain and preserve the patient's native hip and avoid early degenerative disease. In certain instances, we can also offer hip fusion or joint replacement for young adults with advanced disease.
Pediatric Spine & Scoliosis
Our pediatric spine and scoliosis experts provide a comprehensive approach to complex spine care for all ages from infants to young adults. Complex spinal conditions such as scoliosis (congenital, neuromuscular and idiopathic), kyphosis, discogenic disorders, spondylolysis, spondylolisthesis and back pain generating disorders are approached with vast experience and well recognized knowledge.
Research and advanced techniques are of utmost importance to this pediatric spine care focused team. The advanced technologies offered by our providers enhance the understanding of complex spine disorders. Minimally invasive and growth modulation technologies are among several unique operative techniques provided. Nonoperative management of the spine including physical therapy, orthotics and medical management are key to treatment success for our patients. We offer the UNYQ Align™ 3D Printed Scoliosis Brace.
Our specialists are dedicated to the management of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. Perthes disease is a not fully understood disorder of the hip joint in which part of the hip deteriorates due to insufficient blood supply. In managing Perthes disease, the goals of treatment include minimizing deformity of the femoral head, maintaining range of motion and keeping the hip contained within the hip socket. To achieve these goals, your doctor may use casting or bracing to keep your child's leg in certain positions, while using X-rays to follow regrowth of bone. In some patients, surgery may be required.
Our physicians provide a comprehensive approach to the management of Perthes disease, including the most up-to-date surgical, non-surgical, and medical modalities. Additionally, we continue to stay involved in furthering understanding of this difficult condition through our clinical research program.
Spasticity & Neuromuscular Disorders
Our cerebral palsy and movement disorders team provides an integrated multidisciplinary approach to a variety of disorders, including spasticity, athetoid conditions, gait abnormalities and rare muscle disorders. Our approach includes nonoperative and operative management. Nonoperative management includes a variety of therapies, orthotics and medical management, such as botox chemodenervation and baclofen oral medication. Operative approaches include spine, hip, muscle transfers, muscle lengthenings and minimally invasive approaches to contractures.
The key to success is the long-term commitment to the whole child and an emphasis on maximizing function and improving quality of life for each of our patients.