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Pediatric Orthopedic Resources for Healthcare Professionals

At Children's Hospital Colorado, we're committed to helping all healthcare professionals improve the quality of life for children with orthopedic conditions. Get the latest in pediatric orthopedics to better your practice and learn about innovation within our various programs.

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Referral and Care Guidelines

These guidelines provide information to assist referring physicians in the evaluation and management of pediatric patients. Use these to help determine the best approach to the treatment of your patients or when to refer to a specialist.

Back pain referral guidelines (.pdf)

Concussion clinical care guidelines (.pdf)

Research articles and summaries

Research article

Injuries to a child's growth plate – areas of growth on a bone – can heal, but some bones may seal off from future growth. To prevent that, researchers at Children's Colorado are working on new growth plate regeneration involving stem cells.

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Research summary
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Professional resources

Charting Pediatrics is a weekly podcast for pediatric healthcare providers. In this series, specialists from Children’s Hospital Colorado examine the latest treatments for the most common complaints in pediatric medicine. Listen and subscribe on Spotify, iTunes and Google Play.

 

Hip Pain Diagnosis and Management in Children

In this episode, Stephanie Mayer, MD, shares insights on diagnosing hip pain in pediatric patients. We're discussing this issue from its symptoms and causes to how to manage hip pain.

 

Scoliosis Diagnosis and Management

Scoliosis management will vary according to each patient's unique situation and presentation. Mark Erickson, MD, Medical Director of Children's Colorado's Spine Program, joins us to discuss the diagnosis and treatment of scoliosis.

Orthopedics news

JAMA Pediatrics

Effect of Intranasal Ketamine vs Fentanyl on Pain Reduction for Extremity Injuries in Children

January 2, 2019

Ketamine provides effective analgesia that is noninferior to fentanyl, although participants who received ketamine had an increase in adverse events that were minor and transient. Intranasal ketamine may be an appropriate alternative to intranasal fentanyl for pain associated with acute extremity injuries. Ketamine should be considered for pediatric pain management in the emergency setting, especially when opioids are associated with increased risk.

Spine

Incidence and Risk Factors for Instrumentation-Related Complications After Scoliosis Surgery in Pediatric Patients with NF-1

December 4, 2018

This retrospective cohort study assessed the incidence and risk factors of instrumentation-related complication (IRC) in pediatric patients surgically treated for neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1) dystrophic scoliosis.

Journal of Pediatrics

Increased Fracture Risk with Furosemide Use in Children with Congenital Heart Disease

May 25, 2018

In this study, furosemide therapy, even with nonconsistent dosing, was associated with an increased risk of bone fractures in children with congenital heart disease.

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