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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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Knee Pain (without a true mechanism of injury)

There are all sorts of knee injuries that kids can sustain and most knee injuries have a single mechanism or cause. There are also those pesky knee conditions or injuries that have no true mechanism and can creep up over time.       Kids are busy running, jumping and cutting with their individual sports ...

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Gratitude

As Winter falls upon us, the days get shorter, and even in sunny Arizona, we might feel a bit out of sorts. As I prepare for Christmas with my family, it is still easy to fall prey to the human traps of “gimme…I need…coulda, shoulda, woulda…” But, I want to take a moment to express ...

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Dr. Hrasky represented Arizona as a Councilor for the State Orthopedic Society at the Western Ortho meeting in Hawaii this month. Discussions included petitioning Congress for rationality in maintaining access for modern Orthopaedic care for all Americans!

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