Children's orthopedic care in Nashville, Tennessee

Pediatric experts at TriStar Health hospitals in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky treat bone and joint injuries and conditions that affect children. From care for common sports injuries to ongoing support for neuromuscular disorders, we are here to help.

For a free physician referral or more information, call TriStar MedLine® at (800) 242-5662.

Although specialized treatment is offered at The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial, your child can receive orthopedic support at any hospital within the TriStar Health network. This ensures you and your child have access to:

  • Patient education resources
  • Personalized physical therapy programs
  • State-of-the-art rehabilitation facilities

Children's orthopedic conditions we treat

We understand the unique nature of children's orthopedic health. As we move forward with treatment, we will develop a care plan that considers your child's long-term well-being. Our pediatric orthopedic specialists aim to provide prompt relief from symptoms and ongoing care to ensure the best possible outcome for your child later in life.

Common orthopedic injuries

Playing and being active is second nature to most kids. Unfortunately, it puts them at risk of certain injuries. Whether your child enjoys a sport or likes to hang on the monkey bars at the local park, they may need care for injuries such as:

  • Sprains
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations

Bone and joint deformities

Children are susceptible to orthopedic deformities. Some patients are born with an abnormality that needs attention, and other children develop issues as their bodies grow. Our pediatric teams are ready to treat spine, limb and joint irregularities.

Some of the common deformities we treat include:

  • Spine deformities, such as kyphosis (outward spine curvature), spina bifida (a birth defect in which the spine and spinal cord do not form properly) and spondylolisthesis (in which the lower vertebrae slip forward)
  • Hand and foot deformities, such as flat feet, clubbed feet and webbed hands or feet
  • Knee and hip deformities, such as developmental dysplasia (a condition in which the ball and socket joint of the hip does not form properly)

Neuromuscular disorders

Neuromuscular disorders affect the nerves of the muscles. Children with this type of condition experience muscle fatigue, muscle loss and a range of other side effects. They are also likely to develop movement issues and other complications as they age.

Types of neuromuscular disorders include:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Myopathy

Neuromuscular disorders cannot be cured. However, we can help parents and children with these diseases manage their symptoms. Your child's personalized care plan may include medication, physical therapy, surgery and the use of assistive devices.

Bone cancer

Osteochondroma is a type of bone cancer in children who are 10 years old or older. This disease and similar types of pediatric bone cancer are serious and require prompt, complete care. Our hospitals are equipped to detect orthopedic cancer as soon as possible and treat it before it spreads to other parts of the body.

Orthopedic treatment options

Following a diagnosis, your child's orthopedic doctor will meet with you to go over treatment options. With some bone and joint issues, noninvasive care may be all that is needed. Your doctor may discuss medication, exercise, physical therapy and best practices to improve your child's orthopedic health. Assistive devices, such as walkers or braces, may also be an option for certain conditions or joint injuries.

If noninvasive care is not enough to fully correct a bone condition or ease pain, surgery may be an option. In those cases, our orthopedic team will explore the possibility of surgery with you. As with other treatment options, we will provide care with the unique needs of children's growing bodies in mind.

Emergency pediatric care

Our emergency rooms (ERs) and trauma centers in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky are always standing by if your child needs emergency orthopedic care. We use the latest tools to treat your child, and our ER staff are specially trained to diagnose and treat pediatric patients.