Pediatric Orthopedics Doctor

Our specialty-trained pediatric orthopedic doctors at Southern California Orthopedic Institute are internationally and nationally recognized for their leadership and training in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric orthopedic injuries and conditions.

Pediatric orthopedics is the study and treatment of growing bones, joints, and muscles. If your child begins to complain of bone, joint, or muscle pain beyond traditional growing pains or suffers from an acute injury while at play, electing to see a physician who specializes in pediatric orthopedics may be recommended.

Pediatric orthopedists use many techniques, including observation of growth, physical therapy, braces, and splints, and occasionally surgery, to treat various conditions like congenital deformities, injuries, neurological disorders, and scoliosis. These conditions are discussed below, with supplementary information being added periodically to address conditions more specifically.

When You Should Visit a Pediatric Orthopedic Doctor Near You

Symptoms offer clues to your child’s condition. If your child is experiencing any of the following, make an appointment with a pediatric orthopedic doctor or surgeon and discuss these symptoms:

  • Complaints of numbness or tingling
  • Feet turn inward while walking
  • Noticeable deformities in a limb
  • Your child can’t sleep or wakes up due to severe pain
  • Your child refuses to use the affected joint

If your child is currently experiencing any of these issues, he or she may be suffering from one of the following injuries or conditions that can be treated by our expertly trained pediatric orthopedic doctors:

  • Ankle and foot disorders, such as clubfoot
  • Childhood injuries
  • Deformities in the spine or limbs, such as kyphosis
  • Fractures
  • Hip or knee problems, such as hip dysplasia
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)
  • Neurological diseases
  • Pediatric sports or traumatic injuries
  • Scoliosis and kyphosis pain
  • Spinal deformities
  • Sprains and strains

Experience Excellence at Southern California Orthopedic Institute

Deciding on the best doctor to treat your child's orthopedic condition or injury is important, and there is much to consider when choosing a pediatric orthopedic specialist for your child's care.

At Southern California Orthopedic Institute, you can be confident knowing our fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic doctors are knowledgeable medical specialists with focused specialty training in musculoskeletal problems and treatments in children. With this advanced training and extensive knowledge, our pediatric orthopedic specialists will treat your child's individual needs with the highest level of expertise.

Through our Pediatric Orthopedics Center, our doctors take a team approach in assessing, diagnosing, and treating our patients. From our pediatric orthopedic specialists, Dr. Patricia McKeever and Dr. Steven Schopler, and orthotists to our specialty-trained physical therapists, our pediatric providers are skilled in delivering a wide range of treatments, procedures, and surgical techniques for a number of conditions and injuries in children. To learn more about our Pediatric Orthopedics Center, its internationally renowned pediatric orthopedic doctors, and the variety of conditions we manage at Southern California Orthopedic Institute, we invite you to review our patient education resources, our Athlete and Parent’s Online Guide to Sports Medicine on our website, or use the quick links below.  

If you are ready for an expert opinion on your child's orthopedic issue and to discuss their nonsurgical and surgical treatment options with one of our pediatric orthopedic doctors in our Pediatric Orthopedics Center, you can make an appointment online or call (818) 901-6600 or (661) 328-5565 for our Bakersfield location. We have convenient locations in Van Nuys, Bakersfield, Valencia, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Pasadena (Pediatric Orthopedics), Ridgecrest, Beverly Hills, and Porter Ranch. You may use our My Choice resource to help select the right specialist for you.