As our kids are getting involved in competitive sports at a younger and younger age, athletic injuries in pediatrics are on a rise. In children, injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (or ACL) are up 400% in the last 12 years, while meniscus injuries increase 13% per year. Hip, shoulder, knee, elbow and ankle injuries from either a traumatic event or from overuse are occurring at higher frequencies and in younger athletes. Many of these injuries are common to a specific sport such as a little league baseball player’s elbow, a gymnast’s snapping hip, a volleyball player’s shoulder or a runner’s knee. Parents may not only be troubled with finding the appropriate physician to manage these injuries, but more importantly, how to prevent them.
As a pediatric sports medicine surgeon, Henry Bone Ellis, M.D., specializes in sports medicine injuries and arthroscopy of the hip, shoulder, knee, elbow and ankle. His focus includes evaluating and treating conditions of the bones, joints, and muscles in children and understanding how surgical procedures will affect their growth plates as they mature.
Dr. Ellis has completed fellowships in both pediatric orthopaedics and arthroscopy/sports medicine, and actively continues research to discover treatment and techniques for the future. He completed both his internship in general surgery and his residency in orthopaedic surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern at Dallas, where he received the W. Brandon Carrell Distinguished Physician Award and was elected Chief Resident. He also completed fellowships in sports medicine at the prestigious Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado and pediatric orthopaedics at international renowned Hospital for Sick Children (“SickKids”) at the University of Toronto.
Young athletes frequently complain of sport limitations due to hip pain leading up to being unable to perform demanding sports, difficulty running or jumping and pain with quick starts and stops, and decreased sports participation. His expertise and experience allow Dr. Ellis to tackle a number of difficult pediatric and adolescent athletic hip and groin pain. Among these are the development of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), a condition caused by repetitive rotational maneuvers causing injuries to the articular cartilage and the cartilaginous rim (or labrum) of the hip socket.
Dr. Ellis is a member of the UT Southwestern Orthopaedic Surgery faculty. He sees patients at Children’s Medical Center and Texas Scottish Rite. He is a physician member of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association and travels with various U.S. Ski teams.
Philippon MJ, Ejnisman L, Ellis HB, Briggs KK, (2012) Outcomes 2 to 5 years following Hip Arthroscopy for Femoroacetabular Impingement in patient aged 11 to 16 years.
Arthroscopy. 2012 Sep ; 28(9) : 1255-61. doi :10.1016/j.arthro.2012.02.006.
Ellis HB, Matheny LM, Briggs KK, Pennock AT, Steadman JR. (2012) Outcomes and revision rate after bone-patellar tendon-bone allograft versus autograft anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in patients aged 18 years or younger with closed physes. Arthroscopy. 2012 Dec ; 28 (12) : 1819-25. doi : 10.1016/j.arthro.2012.06.016.
Willimon SC, Ellis HB, Millett PJ (2012) Distal Clavicle Fixation in the Skeletally Immature. Techniques in Shoulder and Elbow. March ; 13(1), 81-85.
Ellis HB, Ho CA, Podeszwa DA, Wilson PL (2011) A Comparison of Locked versus Non-locked Enders Rods for Length Unstable Pediatric Femoral Shaft Fractures. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. Dec ; 31(8), 825-33.