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Bones & Muscles

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a condition that causes muscle weakness and atrophy. There's no cure, but therapy and other treatments can help most people who have SMA.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Steven's Story (Video)

A teen athlete talks about why he won't let his condition take him out of the game.


A splint is a support device that keeps an injured area from moving. Doctors often use splints to hold bones and joints in place so they can heal after a fracture.


Spondylolisthesis happens when a bone in the back slips forward and out of place. In kids and teens, it’s a common cause of lower back pain.


Spondylolysis is a very common cause of lower back pain in kids, teens, and young adults. It usually heals quickly with rest and other nonsurgical treatments.

Stress Fractures

A stress fracture is a tiny crack in a bone. They usually happen from repeating the same movement over and over.


Babies with symbrachydactyly are born with short often webbed fingers. Some might be missing fingers.


Syndactyly is when a baby is born with two or more fingers or toes joined or "webbed" together.

The Ponseti Clubfoot Brace: Tips for Parents

Correcting your child’s clubfoot begins with a series of casts and ends with a brace. Here's how to help your child wear it successfully.

The Ponseti Method: Bracing Phase

The Ponseti method to treat clubfoot is done in two phases – the casting phase gradually moves the foot to the correct position, and the bracing phase makes sure it stays there. Learn about bracing.