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The Best Pediatric Orthopedics on Long Island

A young boy climbs a climbing wall wearing a harness and chalk bag. When it comes to health care, children are not just small adults. Their injuries, conditions, and needs are often very different from those of adults, and they require specialized care and treatments. This is why many parents seek out pediatric experts when their child is injured or unwell.

When it comes to the best pediatric orthopedics on Long Island, you want the top care for your children. At South Island Orthopedics, you’ll find some of the best pediatric orthopedic surgeons in NYC and the surrounding area. We are committed to providing the highest quality orthopedic care to children of all ages from Long Island and the greater-NYC community.

Our board-certified orthopedists, including pediatric orthopedic surgeons, are committed to providing compassionate care and technical expertise in a comfortable, family-friendly office atmosphere.

Common Issues in Pediatric Orthopedics

Many orthopedic conditions specifically impact children and teens, including:

  • Broken bones
  • Playground accidents
  • Sports injuries
  • Aches and pains associated with the growth spurts of puberty

Orthopedists who specialize in pediatric medicine are also trained to diagnose and treat additional bone and joint injuries or conditions and degenerative diseases in children and adolescents, including:

A young girl in an arm cast sits on a couch next to her mother and a female doctor.

Because many of these conditions occur in conjunction with additional health issues in other areas of the body, our pediatric orthopedic care team works closely with other specialists to support additional treatments and therapies.

Why Choose a Pediatric Orthopedic Specialist?

When your child is injured on the sports field, has an accident on the playground, or was born with a congenital condition that affects their musculoskeletal system, it is vital to see an expert provider.

SI Ortho pediatric orthopedics of Long Island, NY, reaches patients from Roslyn, Woodbury, Cedarhurst, and many more areas. Choosing a provider who specializes in children and adolescent care offers several advantages, including:

A Focus on Kids and Teens

A girl Rollerblades on a paved path next to a boy who is running. Pediatric orthopedists understand kids’ bodies inside and out, and they have experience treating both common and rare conditions. By exclusively caring for children, from infants through teens, they have developed an in-depth knowledge of the orthopedic conditions they face at every stage and how to best treat them.

Sometimes, children outgrow orthopedic conditions, and sometimes they require medical intervention. In either case, parents can rest assured that the pediatric specialists at South Island Orthopedics are prepared to provide the best care when it is needed the most.

An Understanding of Growing Bones

Bones that are still growing require a different approach to care than fully formed adult bones. Even teenagers are not finished growing, which plays a significant role in diagnosis and treatment plans. For example, children have growth plates and areas of cartilage at the end of their bones. Many childhood bone fractures are actually growth plate fractures, which require different treatment than adult fractures.

Pediatric orthopedists look at the current state of an injury or condition and predict how it will affect your child’s body as it grows and how treatment will influence that outcome. Depending on your child’s age and the location and severity of the injury, different treatments may be necessary to support healthy development as they get older. 

Kid-Friendly Care

A mother, father, son, and daughter play soccer. The girl kicks the ball toward the dad in the goal. For a child, an orthopedic injury or illness can be scary, especially when diagnoses and treatment might involve X-rays, MRIs, casts, braces, and even surgery. These can be frightening to parents, as well, especially when their child is in pain. It can also be difficult for very young children to explain what’s wrong or articulate what they are experiencing during tests.

The entire team at South Island Orthopedics understands this. We are committed to providing kid-friendly care that makes the whole family feel comfortable. We also perform the necessary evaluations and tests to determine what is wrong even when your child can tell you themself.

Everything is explained in terms that kids can understand, and parents can take heart knowing that our doctors are committed to therapies that reduce the need for surgery and pain medication. And if pediatric orthopedic surgery is needed, you can be confident that your child is in the capable hands of our experienced surgeons. 

When To Make an Appointment With a Long Island Pediatric Specialist

Children’s bones heal much faster than adults’. While this is good news for an injured child, it also means that making an appointment with a specialist as soon as possible is necessary. The longer an orthopedic injury is left untreated, the greater the likelihood it will need surgery or other more aggressive treatment.

Injuries aren’t the only reason children need orthopedic care, though. Other times to make an appointment with a specialist include:

  • You notice issues with your child’s legs, feet, or how they walk; for example, they appear bowlegged or walk with their feet turned inward (intoeing).
  • Your child complains of persistent pain (longer than 24-48 hours) in their bones or joints, even if they have not sustained an injury.
  • Your child experiences joint stiffness that interferes with daily activities.
  • Your child’s joints are warm to the touch and/or swollen.
  • Your child has a bruise accompanied by swelling, tenderness, or difficulty moving the affected area.

South Island Orthopedics Pediatric Specialists Are Here To Help

Orthopedic pediatric health care of Long Island has a home at SI Ortho. We have three area locations to make it easier for parents. We offer convenient office hours to fit your busy schedule. We even offer same-day appointments for emergency or urgent care needs.

Don’t wait to discuss your child’s orthopedic needs. Request an appointment with one of our pediatric orthopedic specialists and get the best possible care for your child.