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Meet Dr. Star Nixon, Norton Children’s newest pediatric orthopedic surgeon

Star L. Nixon, M.D., MPH, is the newest addition at Norton Children’s Orthopedics of Louisville. As a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, she is available to treat a wide variety of bone and joint conditions that affect children and teenagers. From a young age, Dr. Nixon knew she wanted to do something to help people. She had […] Read More »

Avery Richardson spina bifida

Monthly spina bifida clinic coordinates care

Avery Richardson turned 3 in December, but the Shelbyville, Kentucky, girl has already been through more than most kids. Avery has undergone six operations, including two in the days immediately after her birth. Avery has spina bifida, a birth defect that causes the structure enclosing the spinal cord to fail to form properly in the […] Read More »

Jerren Harrison

Radiothon: This boy’s mom had to turn a crank each day to force his legs to grow

At just 6 weeks old, Jerren Harrison contracted bacterial meningitis. He was treated and seemed to be doing well — except for what doctors couldn’t see. The infection had crept into the growth plates in his leg bones. When he was 2 years old, his legs stopped growing. Without radical treatment, he would grow to […] Read More »

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Is your child’s backpack too heavy?

As the school year kicks off with that new backpack full of school supplies, now is the time to do a safety check on your child’s back. “Many students carry too much weight on their backs, opting to skip their lockers between classes and stuff all their books in their backpack,” said Joshua Meier, M.D., […] Read More »

Cerebral palsy no match for this soccer phenom

It is a hot July day in Bardstown, Kentucky, and Carter Alvey is working up a sweat on the Bethlehem High School soccer field. Of course, Carter, a senior goalie, has always had to work harder than his teammates. Carter was born with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that primarily affects body movement and muscle […] Read More »


Don’t let children on trampolines

To jump or not? Trampolines are popular fixtures in backyards, and trampoline parks are trending in cities across the U.S. But pediatric orthopedic surgeons warn against them. “We see an increasing number of injuries from kids jumping on trampolines,” said Star Nixon, M.D., Norton Children’s Orthopedics of Louisville. “Most people think that the injuries are […] Read More »

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A kid’s eye view of the COOL Kids Tri

Wonder what it’s like to take part in a kids’ triathlon? Here’s what kids and parents have to say. Cool Kids Triathlon June 10 • Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center • Louisville, Kentucky Spots are limited Register today Read More »

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Why a triathlon is good for your child

The COOL Kids Triathlon is coming up on June 10 and for parents who may be concerned that a triathlon is too grueling for youngsters, we’ve got some answers. The distances aren’t nearly those that adults run, bike and swim. There are three age groups for kids: 6 to 8, 9 to 11 and 12 […] Read More »

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Starting a running program with your kids

Our kids argue about everything we ask them to do. But earlier this month, when my wife and I asked if they wanted to go to the local high school track, they were in the car before we had even changed clothes. We went with a plan to run and they went to have fun, […] Read More »

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Pitching injuries could be prevented with these tips

Being a sport parent is tough. You want the best for your kid. You want to push them (gently) when they need it but also want them to have fun during their athletic endeavors. And you certainly want to help them avoid pitching injuries and ailments. Recently, Ryan J. Krupp, M.D., orthopedic and sports medicine specialist with Norton […] Read More »

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How to care for your kid’s cast without going insane

What do Corvettes and broken arms have in common? Those slick cars and that fancy new cast your child is wearing are likely made out of the same fiberglass. Pretty cool, huh? Maybe, but that’s little or no consolation if you’re now dealing with an unhappy child whose life has been altered for the next […] Read More »

Achieving dreams after injury, illness

Achieving dreams after injury, illness Professional baseball player, student back to doing what they love Helping children achieve their dreams. It’s what Norton Children’s caregivers work to do every day for kids who come to us with illnesses, injuries and congenital issues. Student Jerren Harrison and professional baseball player Adam Duvall are now achieving their […] Read More »