F. John Hajaliloo, MD

Pediatric Specialty Care

Children are not just small adults. They cannot always say what is bothering them, or answer medical questions, or be patient and cooperative during a medical examination.

A child's musculoskeletal problems are different from those of an adult. Because children are still growing, the body's response to injuries, infections, and deformities may be quite different than what would be seen in a full-grown person.

Sometimes what is thought to be a problem in a child is just a result of growth that will resolve with time. A good example of this is intoeing in a toddler. Some of the problems children have with their bones and joints that are due to growth do not even occur in adults. And, the evaluation and treatment of a child is usually quite different than for an adult -- even for the same problem. Dr. Haj specializes in pediatric and adolescent orthpedic care.

Dr. Haj knows how to examine and treat children in a way to help them be relaxed and cooperative. He also appreciates the worry that goes with having a child with a musculoskeletal problem and has experience in communicating with anxious family members.

Common pediatric issues

  • Limb and spine deformities noted at birth or later in life (clubfoot, scoliosis, limb length differences)
  • Gait abnormalities (limping)
  • Broken bones
  • Bone or joint infections and tumors

Haj Ortho pediatric procedures

  • Excisions
  • Broken bone repair and setting (waterproof and colored casts are available)