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Vitamin D – the “Sunshine Vitamin” Acts as a Bone and Immune System Health Booster

Now, more than ever, we want to give our children an immunity booster and look out for their bone health! So let’s give a shoutout to Vitamin D! We always recommend providing children a little extra Vitamin D to promote a healthy musculoskeletal system and immune system during this pandemic.     We are privileged ...

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Trampoline Safety Tips

Trampolines are one of the leading causes of pediatric fractures seen in our office! With more and more children jumping on trampolines at home and in the neighborhood, we would like to provide parents with trampoline safety tips from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons® or AAOS.   We encourage limiting trampoline use in general, ...

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Gratitude for Medical Education

As we reflect on things to be thankful for this time of year, I want to give thanks to our growing academic medical environment in the Phoenix area. We now have 5 medical schools and 7 or more graduate degree medical centers here! I also want to send out a hearty congratulations to some of ...

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Back Pain in Children and Adolescents

Is it common? Not as common as in adults, 45% of whom, report back pain in the past year. 1/3 of children and adolescents complain of back pain. In teenage years, the rate of these complaints increases about 4% a year until reaching the adult level of 45% at age 18. Kids most often experience ...

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Back To School Safety Recommendations

Transportation Safety Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they take proper safety precautions. Here are some tips to make sure your child safely travels to school: Walkers Review your family’s walking safety rules and practice walking to school with your child. Walk on the ...

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Finger Injuries: Helping Put A Finger On The Problem

As the temperatures begin to rise here in Arizona so do the number of finger injuries that we see at Cactus Pediatric Orthopaedics. This occurs as kids come out of winter hibernation and transition back into organized sports, mainly ball sports. It can be difficult to initially differentiate a minor injury (sprain) from a major ...

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Back to School

By now, we’re all “Back to School” with our little ones in Pre-K, bigger ones in grade school and high school, and some of our former patients off to college!   We at CPO recently sent one of our own, Alix Keller, Medical Assistant (MA) here for many years, back to school! Alix has started ...

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Picking The Right Shoe For Your Child

The foot is a complex structure comprised of 26 bones. These bones are designed to support the entire body, adapt to uneven surfaces and absorb shock with each step. A baby’s foot contains more cartilage than bone. Although the structure of the foot develops fully by 2 years of age, the bones themselves do not ...

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10 Fun Facts About Bones

DO YOU “LOSE” BONES: You’re born with approximately 300 bones, but end up with just 206! Many bones fuse together as you grow.     WHAT MAKES YOU GROW: As long as your growth plates (typically at the end of bones) are open, you will continue to grow. The growth plates close in the late ...

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