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Pediatric & Adolescent Orthopaedic Surgery

Pediatric and Adolescent Orthopaedic Surgery

At Cleveland Clinic, our pediatric orthopaedic specialists are dedicated to helping children and adolescents return to an active lifestyle. Our team works hand-in-hand with experts from Cleveland Clinic Children’s – including physical therapists, child life specialists, and pediatric anesthesiologists, rheumatolo­gists and neurologists – to accurately diagnose your child’s condition and develop the most appropriate treatment plan.

If your child is experiencing a joint, muscle or bone problem, it is important to bring it to the attention of your pediatrician or seek help from an orthopaedic specialist.

We understand that children are not just small adults. Our staff feels strongly that the care of children’s orthopae­dic problems differs immensely from adult orthopaedics – and we treat our patients according to their age, development and size. We pay special attention not only to their medical and/or surgical needs, but also the relationships among the caregiver, child and his or her family.


Fractures are perhaps the leading reason for referral to pediatric orthopaedic surgeons. Fractures in children are extremely common and, fortunately, most are treated exceptionally well with standard techniques.

Despite the relatively straightforward nature of fracture treatment in children, the growing skeleton presents unique challenges to the treating physician.

Pediatric and Adolescent Orthopaedic Surgery

Other fractures in children are treated well with brief cast im­mobilization. The length of time needed to heal fractures in children is often less than a comparable fracture in an adult.

Not only do children’s fractures heal more quickly than adults, they have the unique capacity to ‘remodel,’ or grow straighter with time. Consequently, perfect alignment is not always essen­tial, and in some cases is detrimental to the final outcome.

While most children’s fractures can be managed without surgery, operative treatment provides superior outcomes in select injuries. Fractures that typically do better with operative treatment include open or compound fractures, displaced growth plate fractures, and fractures that involve the surface of a joint.

Pediatric orthopaedic surgeons at Cleveland Clinic have implemented a unique program to help expedite prompt fracture care for children in Northeast Ohio. The “same day” fracture program allows patients urgent access to a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon. When families call before 1 p.m., children with fractures are seen the same day for immediate evaluation and management.


If you are already in an emergency room setting, request that your child be seen by a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon.

For a same-day fracture appointment at Cleveland Clinic, please call locally 216.444.6260 or toll-free 800.223.2273. ext. 6260.






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Robert Tracy Ballock, MD

Robert Tracy Ballock, MD

Ballock, Robert Tracy, MD

Location(s): Beachwood Family Health Center, Strongsville Family Health Center

Department: Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialties: Benign Hypermobility Joint Syndrome, Bursitis, Club Feet, Growth Plate Injuries, Hip Dysplasia, Knee Injuries, Knee Ligament Injuries more

Type of Doctor: Children & Adolescents Only

Surgeon: Yes

Education: Harvard Medical School


Ryan Goodwin, MD

Goodwin, Ryan, MD

Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Solon Family Health Center, Richard E. Jacobs Health Center, Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center

Department: Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialties: Cerebral Palsy, Club Feet, Femoroacetabular Impingement, Hip Disorders, Hip Labral Tears, Idiopathic Scoliosis, Knee Injuries more

Type of Doctor: Children & Adolescents Only

Surgeon: Yes

Education: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine


David Gurd, MD

Gurd, David, MD

Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Willoughby Hills Family Health Center, Euclid Medical Office, Independence Family Health Center

Department: Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialties: Back Pain in Athletes, Broken Bones, Cerebral Palsy, Club Feet, Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip, Foot Deformities, Hip Dysplasia more

Type of Doctor: Children & Adolescents Only

Surgeon: Yes

Education: The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health

Thomas Kuivila, MD

Thomas Kuivila, MD

Kuivila, Thomas, MD

Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Beachwood Family Health Center, Mentor Medical Office Building

Department: Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialties: Club Feet, Knee Injuries, Knee Pain, Kyphosis, Leg Length Inequality, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Marfan Syndrome more

Type of Doctor: Children & Adolescents Only

Surgeon: Yes

Education: Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine


Paul Saluan, MD

Saluan, Paul, MD

Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Center, Strongsville Family Health Center, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Department: Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialties: Achilles Tendon Injury, Acute Sports Injuries, Ankle Instability, Arthritic Knee Problems, Athletic Knee Injury, Back Pain in Athletes, Broken Bones more

Type of Doctor: Both Adults and Children & Adolescents

Surgeon: Yes

Education: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine



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