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.
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.
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 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.
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.