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Children’s Mercy cares for children with all kinds of orthopedic concerns. Our providers are trained in the most current diagnostic and treatment methods to work toward the best possible outcome for your child.

In some cases, orthopedic conditions in early childhood are normal variations that your child may outgrow. In other cases, treatment options such as bracing, casting, or surgery might be appropriate.

Your Orthopedic care team will work with you to find the treatment approach that is best for your child.

Evaluating your child’s condition


For many families, your first visit to the Orthopedic clinic will be with one of our advance practice providers. This team of specially trained advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) work with kids with various orthopedic conditions every day. APRNs have additional degrees and certifications and work alongside our surgeons to provide expert care.

 

At your first appointment, the provider will:

  • Complete a thorough physical examination
  • Talk with you about your child’s medical and developmental history
  • Set up any lab tests, X-rays or other testing your child might need
Children's Mercy is an American College of Surgeons Verified Center

After that, your provider will recommend next steps for you. These might include:

  • A period of watchful waiting that includes periodic follow-up appointments
  • A referral to an orthopedic surgeon
  • A recommendation for a treatment plan such as bracing or casting

In many cases, your child’s condition can be treated without surgery. For conditions that do require surgery, Children’s Mercy has a comprehensive team of pediatric experts ready to care for your child.

Conditions

  • Alignment issues
  • Bowlegs
  • Club foot
  • Flat feet
  • Hip dysplasia in infants
  • In-toeing
  • Knock knees
  • Limb length discrepancy
  • Orthopedic concerns related to neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, and others
  • Toe walking
Stories

Inside Pediatrics: Martin's story

Go inside the operating room to see surgeons give young Martin the gift of greater movement.

Bone lengthening: Aveon's story

After six surgeries to correct a condition she was born with, Aveon undergoes surgery at Children's Mercy to lengthen her bone. She will receive a new magnetic implant through a new technique. Dr. Olney has cared for Aveon for more than 10 years.

OrthoKids—Developing healthy bone habits for life

Whether you have a question on safety, sports injuries or fitness, OrthoKids can be a great resource for your family. OrthoKids is designed for both kids and parents to learn about different types of bones, bone fractures and how they are treated. All of the information is provided by the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), a professional organization of orthopedic surgeons. Children's Mercy is a member of POSNA.