As the opioid crisis grew into a national epidemic, the nine pediatric orthopedic surgeons at Akron Children’s began analyzing their own pain prescribing practices and how they compared with peers. This led to a standardized protocol that has reduced the amount of narcotics being prescribed by 54 percent. “The opioid epidemic, a multifactorial issue with […]
“The boys wrecked the go cart. Cole is hurt. The ambulance is on its way.” Brandi Phillips’ head was spinning after this 9 a.m. phone call about her 13-year-old-son, Cole. He slept over at a friend’s house the previous night, a typical summer activity for the teen. Brandi raced over to the house to find […]
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kerwyn Jones treats many young athletes dealing with injury and pain. Then there’s 13-year-old Brenna David, a player like none other. Born with a disease that robs her legs of mobility, Brenna plays basketball and softball with gusto. She’s endured pain, disability and about 20 surgeries, but rarely complains. “She’s a motivational […]
When Aiden Thompson takes to the baseball field, he not only looks like he belongs there, he plays like he belongs there. Aiden is a natural athlete who happens to wear a prosthesis, as well as a pair of cleats, but one would never know thanks to a decision his parents made long before his […]
After Jordan’s hip and ankle surgery, he seemed to be doing well and was transported to the 5600 unit. The first night was difficult. He woke up with pain in his hip and under his upper right arm, which we later contributed to his spica cast pushing on his ribs.