• 197

    Pediatric surgeries
  • 9,363

    Pediatric patient visits

At Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, we understand the importance of treating pediatric orthopedic conditions with care and precision.

Children require a special approach to orthopedic treatment, and we recognize they are not simply small adults. Our team has experience treating children and their orthopedic conditions – whether a simple broken bone or a complex deformity. We strive to get them back to a functional, active life by working with them and you to find a therapy that fits their needs.

Which pediatric orthopedic conditions are treated at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute?

At Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, we treat:

  • Overuse injuries, such as Little League elbow
  • Broken bones
  • Fractures
  • Developmental hip dysplasia
  • Congenital limb deformities
  • Scoliosis
  • Neurologic conditions that may result in limb or back problems, such as cerebral palsy

How are pediatric orthopedic injuries diagnosed?

At Miami Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute, your child’s diagnosis starts with a physical exam. Because many children may not be able to talk yet, our team knows how to look for symptoms and reactions that may indicate an injury or problem.

We often use diagnostic tests to confirm the type injury and consult with pediatric radiologists who understand the differences between an adult and child skeleton. It’s crucial to understand these differences to determine the most effective treatment.

In most cases, we will use an X-ray in our office to diagnose the problem, and we have access to full-length X-rays that can give a better picture of the injury or condition.

If additional tests, such as an ultrasound, CT scan or MRI, are needed, we will refer you to one of our outpatient facilities that specializes in pediatric imaging.

How are pediatric orthopedic conditions treated at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute?

When your child comes to Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute for treatment, we will work closely with you to find the right therapy to fit your child’s needs.

When possible, we will use conservative treatment options, such as braces or splints. In some cases, we may need to use casting or other immobilization techniques to prevent young children from using an injured limb.

If your child’s injury requires surgery, our team of pediatric orthopedic surgeons specializes in treatments that will help your child heal without interfering with important growth factors.

Physical therapy is also a key part of your child’s treatment and recovery. Whether they are using physical therapy as treatment or combining it with other therapies, it can help your child build strength and flexibility to prevent future injuries.

Our approach

Our approach

With our Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute pediatric orthopedics team, you can expect:

  • A highly skilled group of professionals that understands the unique and necessary approach to pediatric orthopedic injuries. 
  • A compassionate team of doctors who will work with you to find the right treatment for your child’s needs. 
  • Advanced treatments that help your child return to activity as quickly as possible.

Orthopedic Oncology

At Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute we have dual fellowship-trained physicians in orthopedics and oncology. Our team specializes in the surgical treatment of musculoskeletal tumors. Orthopedic oncology is a new specialty for the Institute and the Institute collaborates closely with Miami Cancer Institute for patient care.

Dr. Saldana affected the whole course of Max’s future. He was very blessed to have such a great surgeon and great people helping him recover.
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Max Diaz Pediatric Orthopedic patient

Meet the Pediatric Orthopedics Team

At Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, your child will be cared for by orthopedic surgeons, radiologists, physician assistants and athletic trainers who are all highly skilled in treating pediatric injuries and conditions including pediatric hand and upper extremity conditions and injuries, such as reconstruction of limbs and childbirth injuries.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • In general, we treat children from newborn through 18 years. We also have experience developing treatment plans for babies who have been diagnosed with an orthopedic condition while still in their mothers’ wombs. Once patients reach the age of 18, we will recommend transitioning to an adult orthopedic specialist, if appropriate.

  • Because a child’s skeleton is not fully developed, there are certain growth areas that are not present in adults. Our specialized radiologists understand the differences between a child skeleton and an adult skeleton, so treatment plans are based on an accurate diagnosis from available imaging tests.

  • Pediatric orthopedic specialists understand the important milestones in bone development and growth, which can affect treatment decisions. These specialists also know how to treat injuries in a way that won’t affect the child’s growth or abilities as they get older.

Research and Education

Our highly skilled physicians remain on the cutting edge of orthopedic research.