Beginning in July, Hays Medical Center, part of the University of Kansas Health System, will offer a quarterly pediatric spine clinic. The first clinic will be July 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Orthopedic Clinic 2500 Canterbury.

The clinic will focus on congenital orthopedic problems in pediatrics such as scoliosis, club feet, hip disorders (dysplasia), flat feet, toe walking, in toeing bowlegs (knock knees) and other spinal deformities often seen in children.

Rebecca Green, PA-C, under the supervision of orthopedic surgeon Dr. Max DeCarvalho will evaluate and treat the patients at the clinic.

“It is exciting to offer this specialized clinic for our patients in western Kansas,” said DeCarvalho. “We are always looking for opportunities to provide our patients more services closer to home.”

Congenital spine deformities are disorders of the spine that develop in a child before birth. Vertebrae don’t form properly very early in fetal development, causing structural problems in the spine and spinal cord. The problems can range from mild to severe and may cause other problems if left untreated.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling 866-428-8221 or 785-261-7599. No physician referral is required unless it is required by an insurance company.