I work with kids from the time that they’re born until the time that they’re about 16 years of age and work with kids who have anything from flat feet to more involved kids with any sort of neuromuscular disorder.
With orthopedics in general there’s constantly different technologies that are coming about. And we are able to use lots of the stuff that has come about from adult orthopedics and bring it down to the pediatric population.
Any angular deformity or any issue with limb length or the way the bone is positioned, we can pretty much fix, and the goal is to fix it so that it’s perfect or equal to the other side. With certain issues we can’t address — make the child quote/unquote perfect, but we make it so that they are able to do things that they should be doing for a child their age.
Lots of times people will say, “Well I had a surgery, and it took me eight months to recover from it.” And I tell them that kids are completely different. Kids recover much faster. They want to get back to playing on the playground. They want to get back to playing with their friends. And they just respond much, much, much better to surgery — or casting or any sort of intervention that we do.