Dr. Chris Mellano is also a Torrance pediatric orthopedic specialist, serving patients with bone and joint problems related to medical conditions, accidents, and sports injuries. Common conditions in children that are treated include musculoskeletal problems, broken bones, gait abnormalities, bone, and joint infections, along with limb and spine deformities such as scoliosis in children and young adults.
If a pediatrician has suggested that your child sees a children’s orthopedic doctor in Torrance, you can rest assured that Dr. Mellano offers the widest range of treatment options to improve your child’s symptoms. Dr. Mellano is one of the best pediatric orthopedic doctor Torrance has to offer. He has extensive and comprehensive training as an orthopedic surgeon with more than a decade of experience as a board-certified orthopedic surgeon after graduating from the prestigious USC School of Medicine.
Dr. Chris Mellano understands that treating children can at times present unique challenges. Children cannot always voice concerns or answer medical questions such as family history without the help of a parent.
Parents are welcome to participate during the medical appointment, and Dr. Mellano makes it his priority to make the experience as easy and comfortable as possible for both parent and child. He is always willing to take the time to answer questions, displaying patience and warmth throughout each appointment. With proper orthopedic care, children facing bone and joint problems can manage symptoms with appropriate medical therapies.
Dr. Mellano strives to deliver a best-in-class patient experience from initial visit to full recovery, with cutting-edge surgical and nonsurgical treatment options that are tailored to the patient’s needs.
He understands that Torrance patients and their children lead busy lives, rich in social activities, educational responsibilities, and sports. He has both compassion and respect for the patient’s time and makes visits efficient and informative. A central part of that is timely communication, which makes getting in touch with your child’s doctor a simple task.
Children may experience a range of bone and joint problems in the course of their lifetime. From a simple broken bone to scoliosis, sports injuries, and complex joint and musculoskeletal problems, Dr. Mellano helps children and adults improve symptoms with modern orthopedic treatments that deliver the best clinical results possible.
Untreated spine conditions can have a major impact on a child’s life. In addition to scoliosis, Dr. Mellano treats chronic back pain, kyphosis, spondylolysis stress fractures, and spondylolisthesis (slipped lower vertebrae) with a combination of minimally invasive treatments and surgery if required.
Children lead active lives, and broken bones are common in childhood. Whether due to sports, an accident, or an unexpected fall, Dr. Mellano can help. Stress fractures, dislocated shoulders, protruding broken bones, wrist sprains, or a sprained ankle are among the most commonly treated conditions. And in the event your child is facing a devastating bone or joint injury that requires surgery, Dr. Mellano offers minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to reduce pain and surgical scars.
Uneven limb length and clubfoot are some common limb defects that affect mobility, bones, and joints. Various genetic conditions, such as congenital vertical talus (flat feet), are also treatable, as is tibial torsion (twisted shin bone), severe bow legs treated with osteotomy, and curved feet.
Cartilage tears and a torn meniscus are often the results of repetitive use during sports or occupational habits.
Skeletal dysplasia is a rare genetic condition that results in abnormally shaped bones, thereby hindering a child’s growth and development. Use of braces, growth hormone therapy, physical therapies, medication, and, in some cases, skeletal dysplasia surgery, are all options for your child. Dr. Mellano takes a conservative approach and will not suggest treatments unless they are medically necessary.
While hip problems are often associated with older adults, children are not immune to hip problems. One such condition is developmental dysplasia of the hip (also called DDH, or hip dysplasia). Treatments are designed to reduce a child’s risk of developing osteoarthritis later in life.
Children love to run, jump & play. This can lead to accidents and injuries. Other children have congenital joint or bone conditions that can hold them back from enjoying childhood with their peers.
When bone and joint symptoms are seriously disrupting your child’s life, it becomes necessary to take your child to see a pediatric orthopedic doctor in Torrance to discuss treatments that can help them feel better and get the most out of life. Dr. Mellano treats simple and complex injuries, congenital orthopedic problems, and offers children’s sports medicine in addition to caring for adults with bone and joint issues. He is uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat a range of conditions with the advanced training only a board-certified orthopedic surgeon can offer. Let your child grow into a healthy and active adult. Call now to schedule a private consultation.
Dr. Mellano’s mission is to give his Torrance patients the freedom to keep doing the activities they love. If you are struggling with joint pain, arthritis, lack of mobility, or joint inflammation, contact Dr. Mellano for a consultation so he can help you get moving again.