The differences between children and adults are far more than just size. Scoliosis, club feet, spina bifida, limb length discrepancies, and cerebral palsy are but a few of the problems that require enhanced skills for optimum results when treating young, growing children. Also, open growth plates and future growth are a factor in children that do not exist in adults. Growth plate injuries require specialized care.
The Pediatric Orthopedic Associates cares about the present but also must be concerned about the future growth and development of the child or young adult. General orthopedic training is simply not enough. That is why all of our surgeons have sub-specialty fellowship training in pediatric orthopedics and we have one specialist who is double fellowship trained in sports medicine and pediatric orthopedics.
- Fracture Care
- Digital X-Ray
Board Certification and Fellowship Training
Following medical school, orthopedic surgeons train for five additional years before they qualify to take their specialty board exams. Requirements for board certification in orthopedic surgery are rigorous. Physicians must submit more than 2 years of case summaries for the review of appropriate care by the Board of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. In addition, comprehensive written and oral exams must be passed as part of the certifying process. Pediatric orthopedic surgeons require an additional fellowship year of specific training only in children's orthopedics. All of our orthopedic surgeons have successfully completed fellowship training and are either board certified or board-eligible. Our physicians have faculty appointments to UMDNJ RWJ Medical School and are responsible for the pediatric orthopedic education of UMDNJ RWJ Residents and medical students. We maintain an active role in clinical research.
These specialized credentials, fellowship training in pediatric orthopedics and board certification or eligibility in orthopedic surgery, provide an extra measure of assurance that your child will receive the best available pediatric orthopedic care.