When children need orthopedic care, their parents depend on the extensive training and experience of the pediatric team at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. However, parents bring their children here for another equally important reason: They love the personal care their children receive from doctors who show genuine compassion, provide treatment with a gentle bedside manner, and have an awesome ability to connect with children and adolescents. If you need a pediatric orthopedic specialist, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
After graduating from medical school, doctors who want to become orthopedic surgeons receive five additional years of training. If their passion is to further specialize in pediatric orthopedics, they continue their training, focusing on the unique needs and problems of growing children.
The pediatric team at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute has extensive training, as well as decades of experience helping children of all ages. The Paley Institute is on the campus of St. Mary’s Medical Center, which is home to the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital and the area’s only 24-hour pediatric emergency center.
The team at the Paley Institute personally guides parents and children through their orthopedic care, taking care of each individual’s needs. If surgery is scheduled, they manage all the details, from helping with travel and living arrangements to educational alternatives during an extended stay.
In addition to the team from Paley Institute, children and their families are supported by dedicated child life specialists at Palm Beach Children’s hospital, who help reduce stress and anxiety.
The pediatric orthopedic specialists at Paley Institute treat the full range of orthopedic injuries and conditions, including congenital conditions, broken bones, bone and joint infections, gait abnormalities, and limb or spine deformities.
These are a few examples of the more complex conditions they treat:
The team at Paley Institute also treats pediatric sports injuries, which require specialized expertise in the unique nature of children’s developing bones and growing bodies.
Children aren’t just little adults when it comes to injuries like fractures. Their bones are more porous and just as likely to bend as they are to break. Ligaments are stronger than developing bones, so a ligament injury may also pull away from a portion of the bone. Additionally, falls and injuries frequently fracture the growth plate rather than the bone, which can interfere with normal bone growth.
While children develop the same symptoms as adults — pain, swelling, bruising, and the inability to put weight on the injured bone or joint — growth plate injuries can cause different symptoms. Children may complain of ongoing pain while limiting their activities rather than such severe pain that they can’t use the limb.
When your infant, child, or adolescent needs orthopedic care, call Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute or schedule an appointment online.