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Orthopedic Surgery

Covenant Children's Orthopedics is led by Dr. James Gutheil who has specialized, fellowship training to care for children and teens with injuries or problems of their musculoskeletal systems (bones, muscles, and joints). The program sees everything from congenital deformities to sports medicine injuries on all areas of the body – elbows, hands, spine, pelvis, hips, knees, ankles and feet. Both surgical and non-surgical options for fractures allow the team to pay special attention to a child's special growth plate issues.

Common injuries treated by the Covenant Children's Orthopedics:

  • Hand injuries
  • Distal radius and ulna fractures
  • Forearm fractures
  • Elbow fractures: supracondylar humerus fractures, lateral humeral condyle fractures, Monteggia fractures, elbow dislocations
  • Proximal humerus fractures
  • Clavicle fractures
  • Spine trauma, stress fractures, spondylolysis, spondylolisthesis
  • Pelvis fractures
  • Femur fractures
  • Knee injuries including ACL tears, distal femoral physeal injuries, proximal tibia fractures
  • Tibia fractures
  • Ankle injuries including distal tibia and fibula physeal injuries, ankle sprains
  • Foot injuries
  • Sports injuries such as sprains and strains, knee ligament injuries, rotator cuff and other shoulder injuries

The pediatric orthopedic surgeons, nurses and staff of the Covenant Children's Orthopedics provide expertise in diagnosis and treatment of congenital abnormalities that are present at birth, and genetic abnormalities that are passed down from parents to children.

Common developmental disorders treated by Covenant Children's Orthopedics:

  • Upper extremity
    • birth injuries
    • congenital trigger thumb
    • arthrogryposis
    • polydactyly
    • syndactyly
    • other hand deformities
  • Lower extremity
    • hip dysplasia
    • Perthes disease
    • leg length discrepancy
    • osteochondritis dissecans
    • clubfoot
    • accessory navicular
    • tarsal coalitions
    • other foot deformities
  • Spine
    • scoliosis at all ages
    • pars defects
  • Neuromuscular disorders
    • cerebral palsy
    • spina bifida
    • spinal muscular atrophy
    • Duchenne's muscular dystrophy
  • Variations of normal limb development
    • in-toeing
    • out-toeing
    • bowed legs
    • knocked-knees
    • flat feet

For an appointment with Covenant Children's Orthopedics or more information, call:

James Gutheil, M.D.
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
4102 24th Street, Suite 301
Lubbock, TX 79410
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