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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

Cervical Kyphosis

Cervical kyphosis is a curve at the top of the spine (backbone). Usually, the condition isn't serious, but a pinch in the spinal cord can cause nerve damage.

Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) is a neurological disorder. It causes muscle weakness and numbness, most commonly in the arms and legs.

Chest Wall Disorder: Pectus Carinatum

Pectus carinatum, sometimes called pigeon chest, is a deformity of the chest wall in which the chest juts out.

Chest Wall Disorder: Pectus Excavatum

Pectus excavatum is a deformity of the chest wall that causes several ribs and the breastbone to grow abnormally, giving the chest a "caved-in" appearance.

Chest Wall Disorder: Poland Syndrome

Poland syndrome is a condition where a child is born with missing or underdeveloped chest muscles.

CLOVES Syndrome

CLOVES syndrome is a very rare genetic disorder that causes vascular, skin, spinal, and bone or joint abnormalities.

Clubfoot

Clubfoot is a birth defect that makes one or both of a baby's feet point down and turn in. Most clubfeet can be successfully corrected using the nonsurgical Ponseti method.

Comminuted Fractures

A comminuted fracture is a type of broken bone. The bone is broken into more than two pieces.

Common Childhood Orthopedic Conditions

Flatfeet, toe walking, pigeon toes, bowlegs, and knock-knees. Lots of kids have these common orthopedic conditions, but are they medical problems that can and should be corrected?

Compression Fracture of the Spine

A compression fracture of the spine is when the vertebrae (bones that form the spine) collapses. People with weakened bones can get them from a minor fall or with no trauma at all.