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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.

Splints

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

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

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.

Symbrachydactyly

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

Syndactyly

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.