Sports Medicine/Ortho

Published on June 8, 2017
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Palmer Naftal wasn’t supposed to jump that day. It was the first track meet of the 2017 season, and the 17-year-old Calabasas High School junior was standing on the sidelines, watching his teammates compete in the long jump—and growing increasingly restless. Last... Read More
Published on November 29, 2016
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When 15-year-old Jenny Cheng learned that she’d been accepted to a prestigious summer ballet and language program in Russia—earning a significant scholarship—she was beyond elated. But on that same day in April 2015, Jenny and her family also learned that her scoliosis (... Read More
Published on November 11, 2016
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How CHLA helped one teenager overcome scoliosis to soar in gymnastics and in life Scoliosis surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles gave 17-year-old Danielle Drake new hope for her aerial gymnastics career—and two inches on the height charts. Danielle, a... Read More
Published on November 2, 2016
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On an uncharacteristically cold and blustery day in Miami this year, Adam Wolf did something that doctors—and he himself—once thought impossible: He got up out of his wheelchair and walked. He walked for two miles—the last two miles of the Miami Half-Marathon. For the... Read More
Published on September 27, 2016
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I am Kate Schumacher, and I am honored to have the chance to share my story and my journey. I am 15 and a freshman at Marymount High School. I have a twin brother Joe, and he goes to Loyola High School. I am currently on the Marymount Freshman Volleyball Team and... Read More
Published on September 8, 2016
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Carmella Cruz, 8, shows it’s not how you dance that matters, but that you’re dancing at all.  Despite all the surgeries, despite the grim prognoses—despite the odds, really—8-year-old Carmella “Ella” Cruz just keeps dancing. It’s a dance all her own, more of a... Read More
Published on September 6, 2016
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Karen Hayhurst was giving her daughter Emily a piano lesson one day when Emily, then 7, piped up with a question. “Wouldn’t this be a lot easier,” she reasoned, “if I had five fingers on each of my hands?” Her mother’s response was matter-of-fact. “I told her, ‘... Read More
Published on August 30, 2016
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Surgery for hip dysplasia leaves Leana Vardanian pain-free and ready for a bright future. For Leana Vardanian, the first moment she knew something was terribly wrong came in sixth grade, when she stood up from her desk at school and immediately fell to the floor. Her left leg... Read More
Published on August 15, 2016
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Back to school season is here, and that means the activities of fall sports are just around the corner. So, we spoke to Tracy Zaslow, MD, FAAP, CAQSM, medical director of the Sports Medicine and Concussion Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, to get the top six things... Read More
Published on August 5, 2016
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Three knee surgeries followed by a meniscus transplant sidelined the young soccer player for 2 ½ years. He’s now on the verge of returning to the field. From inside her son’s examination room at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Teresa Torres could hear orthopaedic surgeon... Read More
Published on August 4, 2016
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Every time 6-year-old Zayden Rainey comes to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, something magical happens: He grows a little taller. It happens quickly—in less than two minutes—but no hocus-pocus or magic spells are involved. Even better, there’s no surgery. Instead, David... Read More
Published on August 2, 2016
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Dieter Stelling is back in the swim, thanks to the specialized skills of the Children's Orthopaedic Center's Hip Preservation Program. Dieter Stelling feels right at home in the ocean, where he loves to dive and snorkel, exploring marine life. Out of the water, he prefers... Read More
Published on June 13, 2016
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A prosthetic leg can’t keep the exuberant 4-year-old from dancing, bike-riding, or hiding from her mother when they’re out shopping. Don’t believe what Fiona Ashe may tell you. Her parents did not purchase her at Target, though after hearing that claim enough times, her... Read More
Published on May 18, 2016
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Last May, Ava Cardoso-Smith, then 14, strode across the stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, took the microphone and belted out a rendition of “You Raise Me Up.” Her performance was part of a charity gala benefiting programs for Los Angeles-area foster children, and the... Read More
Published on February 4, 2016
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Blog post written by Kristin Flynn, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist II, Rehabilitation, Children's Hospital Los Angeles No matter the age or intensity of play, after a sports injury an athlete’s main goal is usually to get back on the field. However, as a parent your main... Read More
Published on December 24, 2015
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With the controversy over Concussion, the film starring Will Smith and Alec Baldwin, Tracy Zaslow, MD, Sports Concussion Program in the Children’s Orthopaedic Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, was asked to share important information on sports-related head trauma... Read More
Published on December 9, 2015
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Taking Concussions seriously Concussions in professional sports players have been prominently featured in the news recently. As a parent of two active boys involved in sports, I always worry about concussion injuries. How a concussion happens Concussions can... Read More
Published on December 4, 2015
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At just 5 years old, Joshua Solis knows his way to the Children’s Orthopaedic Center, notices when kids have casts like he did, and refers to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as “my hospital.” That’s no surprise, since he’s been treated by the Musculoskeletal Tumor Program at... Read More
Published on November 20, 2015
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“You get to hit the ball,” explains 6-year-old Jonny Maldonado. “And you get to run.” The Bakersfield first-grader is talking about why baseball has become one of his favorite sports (along with soccer and wrestling). Last spring, he played shortstop on his first T-ball team... Read More
Published on July 16, 2015
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CrossFit—you’ve probably seen this word pop up recently,­­ with its fast-growing popularity among athletes or anyone who has shown an interest in working out. The workouts provided in CrossFit are challenging and seem fun, but should you let your young athlete participate?... Read More

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