NEW FRONTIERS FOR
ONE OF THE LARGEST PROGRAMS OF ITS TYPE IN THE NATION, THE HERBERT J. LOUIS CENTER FOR PEDIATRIC ORTHOPEDICS AT PHOENIX CHILDREN’S PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE CARE FOR ANY MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDER OR INJURY.
Advanced services are now offered for children with musculoskeletal injuries and those needing orthopedic surgical or nonsurgical care. Under the direction of Division Chief Greg White, MD, the Center’s physicians also treat children with:
- FracturesSpina bifida
- Cerebral palsy
- Skeletal dysplasia
- Complex disorders of the hip, foot and ankle
- Limb deformities/deficiencies; limb reconstruction
The Center is expanding in two key areas in the coming years: spinal and sports medicine programs.
Treatment areas currently include expert care for scoliosis and spinal deformity. Building more comprehensive services will mean specializing in care for spinal conditions from birth through adulthood. This program is under development in collaboration with Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
A GROWING SPORTS MEDICINE PROGRAM
In Arizona, children play organized sports year-round. Phoenix Children’s has added expertise to treat a
wide variety of sports injuries. In addition to employing the only pediatric fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians in the state of Arizona, the Center recently added three nonsurgical physicians and is recruiting for an additional sports medicine surgeon to expand the program. Another goal for sports medicine is to establish an outpatient physical therapy program in strategic locations around the Valley to be staffed by Phoenix Children’s physical therapists.
The Bubba Watson and PING Golf Motion Analysis Lab opened in 2015 to provide support for many divisions in the Hospital, including Neurosurgery, Neurology and Rehabilitation. Patients are generally referred to the lab after a consultation with a Phoenix Children’s orthopedic surgeon. Common conditions seen in the lab include cerebral palsy, spina bifida, club foot, and head injuries resulting from disease, injury or other trauma. The lab allows surgeons to conduct a comprehensive study that can improve therapy protocols and even reduce the number of surgeries required to resolve movement issues.
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