The compassionate and caring physicians and multidisciplinary staff who make up the Pediatric Orthopedics Program at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC, are specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic infections and tumors, as well as in conditions of the developing bones, muscles, tendons, joint and ligaments of your growing child.
Common Pediatric Infections
Some of the orthopedic infections treated at Levine Children’s Hospital include:
- Osteomyelitis, an infection of the bone, often affecting the long bones of the arms and legs in children and teens. If left untreated, the infection can cause serious bone conditions.
- Septic arthritis, a serious and painful infection of a joint. It’s most common in children up to age 3 and older adults, but anyone can develop it. It mostly affects the knee, hip, shoulder, elbow and wrist.
Common Pediatric Tumors
Levine Children’s Hospital’s pediatric orthopedic specialists work hand-in-hand with our pediatric oncology experts to provide the best care possible for children with bone or soft tissue cancers, such as:
- Osteosarcoma, the sixth most common type of cancer in children, generally affecting the knee. It typically occurs in teens who are experiencing a growth spurt. Osteosarcoma actually starts in the bone as opposed to other cancers that spread to the bone. It’s not preventable, but it is treatable.
- Ewing sarcoma, a cancerous tumor that grows in bones or soft tissue near bones and usually affects adolescents. With early detection and treatment, children have a good chance at recovery.
- Rhabdomyosarcoma, the most common soft-tissue cancer in children, usually affecting the muscles, but possible in almost any part of the body. Young children and teens (especially boys) are more prone to develop this condition.