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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

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.

The Ponseti Method: Casting 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 casting.

The Ravitch Procedure

The Ravitch procedure is a surgery to correct severe pectus carinatum and pectus excavatum.

Thumb Duplication

Babies with thumb duplication (or thumb polydactyly) are born with an extra thumb on one or both hands. Most will have surgery to fix the problem.