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Your child's health and safety is our top priority. Please search our resource library for information on health, nutrition, fitness, injury prevention and other important topics.

Bones & Muscles

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tears

ACL injuries can happen in active and athletic kids when excessive pressure is put on the knee joint, resulting in a torn ligament.

Arthrogryposis

Children with arthrogryposis have stiff joints that don't move well. Treatments like splinting, bracing, therapy, and surgery help kids get the best range of motion.

Basilar Invagination

Basilar invagination is when the top of the spine pushes up into the base of the skull. It causes pinching and pressing on the brain stem.

Becker Muscular Dystrophy

Becker muscular dystrophy is a genetic disorder that gradually makes the body's muscles weaker and smaller. It causes less severe problems than the most common type of MD, Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Blount Disease

Blount disease is a growth disorder that causes the bones of the lower leg to bow outward. This gets worse if it's not treated, so early diagnosis is very important.

Bow Legs (Genu Varum)

Bow legs is when the legs curve outward at the knees while the feet and ankles touch. Infants and toddlers often have bow legs. It's rarely serious and usually goes away on its own.

Broken Bones

Many kids will have a broken bone at some point. Here's what to expect.

Broken Collarbone (Clavicle Fracture)

Learn about broken collarbones (or clavicle fractures), a common sports injury in kids.

Buckle Fractures

A buckle or torus fracture is a type of broken bone. One side of the bone bends, raising a little buckle, without breaking the other side of the bone.

Casts

Casts keep bones and other tissues in place while they heal. Here's what to expect, and how to care for casts.