The Childhood Obesity and Orthopedic Wellness Team is the first pediatric orthopedic team in Georgia to focus on the orthopedic manifestations of obesity. These conditions include hip deformities, knee derangement, and painful flat feet which can prevent children from achieving wellness and fitness goals. The total child’s quality of life and mobilization are assessed in a positive, encouraging environment by our team of specialists. New technologies for radiographic identification of early onset joint disease and new technologies for incentivized success are commonly utilized by our team to help each child achieve personal wellness. Family support is the foundation to build upon. Our team can provide guidance to all members of the family so that a complete support network is in place.
The Clubfoot Team provides infants, children and adolescents who deal with this disabling condition a comprehensive center to treat and manage the problem. Non-surgical modalities are emphasized in children of all ages with the use of the Ponseti method of clubfoot cast treatment. Additionally, for children who cannot be adequately corrected with casting alone, surgical supplements and alternatives are available. All causes of foot deformity are seen by POA specialists, who are ready to provide your child with excellent, considerate care.
The Complex Hip Deformity and Dysplasia Team at Pediatric Orthopaedic Associates provide children and young adults of all ages, care for complex hip disorders. Conditions including, but not limited to, congenital hip dislocation, developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), neurologic subluxation or dislocation, slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE), pelvis or hip fractures, proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD), and femoral acetabular impingement (FAI) are evaluated and managed by a caring and knowledgeable team led by Dr. Peter Meehan, Dr. Joseph Stone, and Dr. Albert Pendleton. Treatment methods range from physical therapy, stretching, and medical management, to minimally invasive arthroscopic treatment of hip disorders, including arthroscopy for femoral acetabular impingement, to pelvic reshaping and reorientation osteotomies (bone cuts) to help contain and preserve the patient's native hip and avoid early degenerative disease. In certain instances, we can also offer hip fusion or joint replacement for the young adult with advanced disease.
The Complex Spine and Scoliosis Team at Pediatric Orthopaedic Associates provide a comprehensive approach to spine care for all ages infants to young adults. Conditions such as scoliosis (congenital, neuromuscular and idiopathic), kyphosis, discogenic disorders, spondylolysis, spondylolisthesis and back pain generating disorders are approached with vast experience and well recognized knowledge. Research and advanced techniques are paramount to this spine care focused team. The advanced technologies offered by the providers enhance the understanding of complex spine disorders. Minimally invasive and growth modulation technologies are among several unique operative techniques provided. Nonoperative management of the spine including physical therapy, orthotics and medical management are key to our success.
The Hand and Upper Extremity Team provides infants, children and adolescents with care of all aspects of the upper extremities. From fingertip injuries, congenital hand and upper extremity differences to overuse sports injuries in the shoulder and elbow, Dr. Kunes and his team provide comprehensive care with both surgical and non-surgical modalities. This allows us to help you every step of the way from perinatal care until children become independent young adults as well as preoperatively through the entire rehabilitation process.
Pediatric Orthopaedic Associates is proud to offer providers dedicated to the management of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. Perthes disease is an ill-understood disorder of the hip joint in which part of the hip deteriorates due to insufficient blood supply. In managing Perthes disease, the goals of treatment include minimizing deformity of the femoral head, maintaining range of motion, and keeping the hip contained within the hip socket. To achieve these goals, your doctor may use casting or bracing to keep your child's leg in certain positions, while using X-rays to follow regrowth of bone. In some patients, surgery may be required. The physicians at Pediatric Orthopaedic Associates provide a comprehensive approach to the management of Perthes disease including the most up-to-date surgical, non-surgical, and medical modalities. Additionally, we continue to stay very involved in furthering the understanding of this difficult condition through our clinical research program.
The Cerebral Palsy and Movement Disorders Team provides an integrated multidisciplinary approach to a variety of disorders including spasticity, athetoid conditions, gait abnormalities and rare muscle disorders. The team approach includes nonoperative and operative management. Nonoperative management includes a variety of therapies, orthotics and medical management such as botox chemodenervation and baclofen oral medication. Operative approaches include spine, hip, muscle transfers, muscle lengthenings and minimally invasive approaches to contractures. The key to success is the long term commitment of our team to the whole child and emphasis on maximizing function and improving quality of life.
The Sports Medicine Team at Pediatric Orthopaedic Associates provides athletes of all ages expert care in the management, rehabilitation, and prevention of sports injuries. Our specialists have the advanced training in pediatrics and sports medicine paramount to understanding the unique aspects of sports-related injuries in children and adolescents. Conditions treated include: fractures, ACL tears in patients with open growth plates, osteochondritis dissecans, shoulder dislocations, cartilage and growth plate injuries, sprains, strains, ligament injuries, apophysitis (Osgood-Schlatter), tendonitis, stress fractures, concussions and overuse injuries such as little league elbow/shoulder. Our primary goal is to treat each patient individually to facilitate the safest and quickest recovery and return to sports.