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At OrthoNorCal Orthopedic Specialists, we understand how important it is for children to receive the highest level of care and compassion, with the utmost concern. To read more about pediatric orthopedics, click here.

Dr. Jeffrey Kanel, our gentle and caring pediatric orthopedic doctor, is highly skilled and experienced in the treatment of complex pediatric injuries and conditions. He always strives to approach treatment through conservative methods. However, if surgery is necessary for your child to recover with the best results, please be assured that our pediatric specialist uses the safest and latest surgical methods, proven to restore function and mobility.

General Pediatric and Adolescent Surgery

We treat all problems in infants, children and adolescents. This includes congenital and developmental problems and deformities, hip and foot problems and problems with the spine and hand, as well as complex fractures and injuries in children and adolescents.

Injuries in children and growing teens are quite different from those in adults. Our physicians have special training in treating these pediatric and adolescent specific injuries.

Adolescent Sports Medicine

Our physicians have extensive experience treating injuries and problems related to many different sports, addressing the special needs of the preteen and teenage athlete, including those with abilities to play sports in college and beyond.

Scoliosis Correction

Our physicians have extensive training in treating the unique spinal problems that begin in childhood and adolescence, which can contribute into adulthood. This includes scoliosis, kyphosis, spina bifida and spondylolisthesis in children and adults, and treating spinal fractures in children and adults.

Pediatric Orthopedics

What is a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon?

If your child has musculoskeletal (bone) problems, a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon has the experience and qualifications to treat your child.

Pediatric leg-lengthening

Pediatric & Adult Limb Lengthening

Limb lengthening is a reconstructive procedure where the deformed bone is straightened or missing bone is replaced. It is performed in children with variations in leg length because of a disease, injury or birth defect.

Scoliosis in Children

Scoliosis in Children

Scoliosis is an abnormal, sideways curvature of the spine. It is often diagnosed between infancy and early adolescence.

Back Pain in Children

Back Pain in Children

Back pain is uncommon in children and is usually associated with a serious underlying condition or an injury. Often, the cause of back pain is non-specific and is thought to be due to musculoskeletal strain, poor posture, heavy school bags that are not worn correctly or underlying mood problems.

Growth Plate Fracture

Growth Plate Fracture

Growth plates are areas of soft, cartilaginous tissues present at the end of long bones in growing children. These cartilage tissues or soft bones later harden to become solid bones in adulthood once growing has completed. A fracture of these bones is termed a growth plate fracture. This type of fracture is most often caused by a fall or severe blow to the limb during sports activities such as football, basketball, and gymnastics or from vehicular accidents.

Acute Pediatric Injuries

Acute Pediatric Injuries

Acute pediatric injuries are injuries in children caused by severe trauma. These injuries happen suddenly and range from severe bruises to bumps to broken bones.

Sports in Children

Sports in Children

Encouraging your children to participate in sports and other physical activities keeps them active and alert. Sports improve a child’s body growth and mental wellbeing. You can encourage your child to participate in school sports activities or enroll them in clubs where they can spend their time on the weekends.

  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • American Association for Hand Surgery
  • American Academy Of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • The American Board of Pediatrics
  • North American Spine Society