Carlos A Uquillas, M.D.
Sports Medicine Specialist located in Los Angeles, CA, Pasadena, CA, & Anaheim, CA
As a skilled orthopedic surgeon, Carlos Uquillas, MD, specializes in the unique needs of kids who suffer musculoskeletal injuries during sports and other activities. At his Los Angeles offices in Pasadena and Westchester, and in in San Fernando Valley/Tarzana, California, Dr. Uquillas provides a variety of nonsurgical treatments to ease pain and other orthopedic injury symptoms. He also offers minimally invasive arthroscopic surgeries to repair damaged tissue and bone. Learn more about available pediatric orthopedic services by calling the office of Carlos Uquillas, MD, nearest you or by requesting an appointment online today.
What are common pediatric orthopedic injuries?
Children can suffer many kinds of injuries during physical activity or because of an accident. The most common pediatric orthopedic injuries Dr. Uquillas diagnoses and treats include:
- Ankle sprains
- Meniscus tears
- Joint dislocations
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
Dr. Uquillas also specializes in diagnosing and treating various underlying pediatric joint conditions like juvenile arthritis that affect the elbows, knees, shoulders, hips, and spine and can lead to deformities and disability.
When should I schedule a pediatric orthopedic evaluation?
If your child is injured in a fall, while playing sports, or in an auto accident, and develops pain or swelling, you should schedule an evaluation with Dr. Uquillas as soon as possible.
He can physically examine your child’s injury and request procedures like X-rays to confirm a diagnosis. The earlier you seek treatment for an orthopedic injury, the faster your child can receive the treatment they need to prevent long-term complications.
How are pediatric orthopedic injuries and conditions treated?
As a skilled orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Uquillas offers comprehensive, customized treatments to relieve inflammation and pain. Initially, he’ll probably recommend bracing, rest, physical therapy, and other nonsurgical treatments to improve your child’s function and ease their pain.
When your child has a severe deformity or suffers chronic pain from an injury or underlying musculoskeletal condition, Dr. Uquillas can suggest surgery. He uses the latest minimally invasive surgery techniques to repair damaged bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage.
Surgical options available include:
- ACL reconstruction
- Hip preservation
- Hip arthroscopy
- Fracture repair
Dr. Uquillas also offers specialized surgeries to correct deformities of the legs, feet, arms, and hands.
How can I help prevent pediatric orthopedic injuries?
Dr. Uquillas continues to follow up on your child’s recovery after surgery. He works closely with your child to reduce their risk of additional injuries. Your child will learn how to warm up properly and receive tips to improve their athletic performance without jeopardizing their health.
Part of your child’s post-surgery rehabilitation often involves physical therapy, which helps rebuild and strengthen their muscles to reduce their risk of further injury.
If your child is limited by ongoing pain or a deformity, call the office of Carlos Uquillas, MD, nearest you or request an appointment online today.