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Pediatric orthopedics

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.

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Pediatric orthopedic care in Nashville

From care for common sports injuries to ongoing support for neuromuscular disorders, we are here to help.

At The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial, we understand the unique nature of children's orthopedic health. Our pediatric orthopedic surgeons and physicians treat bone and joint injuries and conditions, starting with a careful, compassionate diagnosis process. We provide prompt relief from symptoms and ongoing care to ensure the best possible outcome for your child later in life.

Need a physician referral?

TriStar MedLine can help. We are available by phone Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 7:00pm CST.

TriStar MedLine can help. We are available by phone Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 7:00pm CST.

Pediatric orthopedic conditions we treat

Our pediatric orthopedic specialists can diagnose and treat children with a range of conditions both common and rare, including:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Developmental dysplasia
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Hand and foot deformities
  • Knee and hip deformities
  • Kyphosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Myopathy
  • Osteochondroma (bone cancer)
  • Spina bifida
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sports injuries
  • Sprains

Our pediatric orthopedic services

With all of our medical approaches, we provide care while balancing the unique needs of your child's growing body.

Orthopedic treatment options

Following a diagnosis, your child's orthopedic doctor will meet with you to go over treatment options. With some bone and joint issues, noninvasive care may be all that is needed. Your doctor may discuss medication, exercise, physical therapy and best practices to improve your child's orthopedic health. Assistive devices, such as walkers or braces, may also be an option for certain conditions or joint injuries.

If noninvasive care is not enough to fully correct a bone condition or ease pain, surgery may be an option. In those cases, you will speak with a pediatric orthopedic surgeon about possible procedures that can help your child.

Emergency pediatric care

Our emergency rooms (ERs) and trauma centers in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky are always standing by if your child needs emergency orthopedic care. We use the latest tools to treat your child, and our ER staff are specially trained to diagnose and treat pediatric patients.

Our pediatric network

Although we offer specialized treatment, your child can receive orthopedic support at any hospital within the TriStar Health network. This ensures you and your child have access to:

Understanding orthopedics

Our pediatric orthopedists want you to leave with a better understanding of your child's condition. We make time to answer all of your questions with honesty and understanding.

Common orthopedic injuries

Playing and being active is second nature to most kids. Unfortunately, it puts them at risk of certain injuries. Whether your child enjoys a sport or likes to hang on the monkey bars at the park, they may need care for injuries such as:

  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Sprains

Bone and joint deformities

Children are susceptible to orthopedic malformations. Some patients are born with an abnormality that needs attention, and other children develop issues as their bodies grow. Our pediatric teams are ready to treat spine, limb and joint irregularities.


Neuromuscular disorders

Neuromuscular disorders affect the nerves of the muscles. Children with this type of condition experience muscle fatigue, muscle loss and a range of other side effects. They are also likely to develop movement issues and other complications as they age. Types of neuromuscular disorders include cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and myopathy.

Neuromuscular disorders cannot be cured. However, we can help parents and children with these diseases manage their symptoms. Your child's personalized care plan may include medication, physical therapy, surgery and the use of assistive devices.


Bone cancer

Osteochondroma is a type of bone cancer in children who are 10 years old or older. Pediatric bone cancer and other similar types of cancer are serious and require prompt, complete care. Our hospitals are equipped to detect orthopedic cancer as soon as possible and treat it before it spreads to other parts of the body.


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