Pediatric Orthopedics Watertown NY
Since its origins, orthopaedists have treated children suffering from spine and limb deformities. In addition, modern pediatric orthopaedists offer specialized care for young athletes who are injured during practice or in the game. We recognize that caring for children takes an extra level of compassion to put them at ease when they are hurt.
Children heal much faster than adults when they are hurt, so taking care of youngsters requires a slightly different approach. The most common reasons to take your child to an orthopedic doctor are:
- Bone-related birth defects (clubfoot, scoliosis, limb length differences)
- Gait abnormalities (limping)
- Broken bones (fractures)
- Bone or joint infections
- Growth plate injuries
Common sports injuries that can affect children include ankle sprains, shin splints, knee injuries, shoulder pain, and others.
Treatment – Surgical and Non-Surgical
Because of how rapidly children’s bones can heal after an injury, a non-surgical approach usually works best. We can use braces, splints, and physical therapy to treat deformities and disabilities while monitoring their growth. If surgery does become a necessity, you can rely on North Country Orthopedic Group for minimally invasive methods.Your child will be in good hands under the care of our orthopedic physicians, which includes a multi-specialty team of rehabilitation specialists, physical therapists, and surgeons. For more information and to schedule a visit to our Watertown, NY orthopaedic office, please call (315) 782-1650.
In the News
Join us in congratulating Dr. Natalie Nielsen in becoming Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery!
ABOS Board Certification “is yet one more assurance for patients and their families — before and after surgery. Studies point to better outcomes, decreased infection rates and reduced time away from home when surgery is performed by a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon”1.
Board certification is voluntary process beyond medical licensure. A Board Certified physician must meet certain educational requirements. Certification first consists of two phases. The first phase is a timed exam of approximately 320 multiple choice questions covering all of orthopaedics. After passing this exam, the physician is considered Board Eligible. The second phase is an oral exam, for which all surgical cases performed during a six-month period are submitted for review by the volunteer Board Certified orthopaedic surgeons. Twelve cases are selected for the oral exam presentation. The cases are independently graded and scrutinized by examiners on many levels. Once a physician passes the second phase, they are Board Certified for a period of 10 years.