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The pediatric Orthopedic/Infectious Diseases (ID) Clinic is a team approach between infectious disease physicians and orthopedic surgeons to diagnosing and treating children with bone, joint and muscle infections. Treating infections as soon as possible is important to prevent any damage to bones, growth plates and muscles, and to getting your child healthy and active again.

Children referred to the clinic are evaluated by specialists to determine the best course of treatment for the infection. Treatments may include medication, surgical intervention or physical therapy. Patients will continue to be seen in the Orthopedics/ID Clinic until the infection has completely healed.

Types of infections treated at the Orthopedics/ID clinic

 Children with a suspected infection of the bone, joint or muscle may be a candidate for the Orthopedics/ID Clinic. Our specialized team treats the following infections:

  • Osteomyelitis, an acute, chronic bone infection, usually caused by bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus
  • Septic arthritis, a bacterial infection of the joint
  • Infections related to hardware implanted to help heal fractures

Children who are acutely ill, including those with fever, should first be evaluated in an urgent care setting.

Quote from a patient's Mother

The physicians and staff were not only highly knowledgeable and professional, but they succeeded in making my 7-year-old daughter feel at ease through several difficult months of treatment. At the same time, they helped my husband and me understand everything from our daughter's initial diagnosis to her follow-up treatment. -Bonnie Blume, mother of Ella

Scheduling an Appointment

A physician referral is needed for an appointment.

Pediatricians, primary care physicians, specialists or emergency room physicians may call 800.678.HELP (4357) to schedule an appointment or to speak with an Orthopedics/ID Clinic staff member.

Conditions We Treat

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