Pediatric orthopedic conditions and sports injuries require delicate, tailored care. Because your child's needs are unique, it is important to seek care from pediatric orthopedic specialists who are dedicated to providing personalized, thorough, child-friendly treatment.
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Pediatric orthopedic specialists at Riley at IU Health care for babies and children of all ages. Orthopedic conditions and injuries treated by our team include:
- Skeletal malformations and congenital conditions. We care for children of all ages with a wide range of skeletal malformations and congenital conditions, including leg length discrepancies, clubfoot and post-traumatic deformities. Our doctors use a variety of treatment methods, including guided-growth procedures, external fixation devices and multiple-level osteotomies (the cutting of bones). The methods used depend on the level of complexity of each individual case. Long bone lengthening is also possible for patients with leg length discrepancies.
- Neuromuscular conditions. Our doctors diagnose and treat a variety of orthopedic complications related to neuromuscular conditions—such as spinal deformities and gait abnormalities—in collaboration with doctors from Riley Neurology at IU Health. These conditions include any syndrome or disorder that impairs the functions of the nervous system or muscles, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy.
- Scoliosis and other pediatric spine conditions. We provide treatment for a variety of spinal malformations in patients from infancy to adolescence, especially surgical treatment for idiopathic scoliosis and kyphosis. Our innovative surgical techniques include the use of growing spine constructs such as the MAGEC rod. This magnetic rod is surgically implanted. As your child grows, the rod is lengthened without surgery in the clinic. A magnetic wand placed on the skin activates the rod. This device allows our specialists to minimize spinal fusion, benefiting patients by preserving spine motion. We are also the only center in Indiana to provide casting for infantile or early onset scoliosis.
- EOS imaging. We utilize Indiana’s only EOS imaging machine for most patients who have conditions such as scoliosis, leg deformities or differences in leg lengths. EOS was born out of Nobel Prize-winning technology. It provides patients with up to four to 10 times less radiation than other imaging services, an especially important value to patients who require many radiographic studies as part of their care plan. Primary care doctors can request use of the EOS imaging machine whether or not your child is a patient at Riley at IU Health.
- Sports injuries. You can be sure your young athlete will receive the best care available from the orthopedic and sports medicine doctors with Riley at IU Health. We are committed to providing advanced care to young athletes in a friendly, professional and responsive manner. Our network of expert doctors team up with skilled physical therapists to provide your child with the treatment he or she needs to get back in the game. Our team excels in a multitude of sports medicine specialties, including:
- Ankle and foot injuries
- Hip pain and injuries
- Knee injuries
- Low back injuries or pain
- Osteochondritis dissecans and cartilage injuries
- Overuse injuries
- Shin splints
- Shoulder injuries
- Stress fractures
- Trauma. Riley at IU Health is one of only a select few children's hospitals in the country to be verified as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons.
As part of our mission to provide patient- and family-centered care, we offer programs that support and educate you and your child about adapting to everyday living, various forms of therapy and managing conditions. Specialized programs offered by the Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Department include:
Conditions & Services
Our pediatric specialists provide patient- and family-centered care for most related conditions. The links below provide more specific information about some, but not all, of the conditions that we treat.
We offer a number of different Pediatric Orthopedics & Sports Medicine services. Below are some, but not all, of the services that we provide. If you have a question about a specific service that is not listed here, please contact our department.
Doctors in the Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Department at Riley at IU Health collaborate with specialists from other departments and programs to ensure that we are able to provide well-rounded care that addresses all of your child’s needs.
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state. Our team offers same-day access at our Downtown Indianapolis location and walk-in appointments for fractures and acute injuries at our practice in Carmel, IN.
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Department Forms & Resources
Department Forms & Resources
The Pediatric Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Riley at IU Health provides the following forms for parents, healthcare providers and personnel. We have also curated relevant resources from other websites and provided links with brief descriptions of the information that is available.
The Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Department at Riley at IU Health provides this guide to caring for your child's cast.
This is a guide for caring for external fixator pin sites.
View our Guide to Surgery to ease anxiety and prepare you and your child before surgery.
Creamos esta guía como un recurso para ayudarlo a comprender mejor nuestro proceso y para aliviar un poco la ansiedad que pueda estar experimentando.
Related Programs & Departments
Related Programs & Departments
We provide multispecialty care for a number of conditions. Below are links to our related programs & departments.
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For Health Professionals
Physicians can refer patients to the Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Department by calling the department directly at 317.948.2550 or by calling the Indiana Medical Access and Communication System (IMACS) at 317.916.3500 or toll-free at 800.622.4989. IMACS operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergency consultations or referrals.
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Our doctors participate in ongoing, specialty specific clinical research through our relationship with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine. The department collaborates with Riley at IU Health for studies in pediatric orthopedics.
Through our partnership with the IU School of Medicine, we provide in-depth elective residency training for the next generation of pediatric orthopedic specialists. Educational opportunities for medical students are also available.