Arm, Elbow, Foot and Ankle, Hand and Wrist, Hip, Knee, Low Back, Neck, Shoulder, Spine


Arthroscopic Surgery, Deformity, Sports Medicine, Trauma/Fractures, Most children's orthopaedic conditions

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My approach to treating patients

Welcome to the web site of Dr. Ryan C. Goodwin. I am a board certified, fellowship trained pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio. I created this web site to familiarize you with my pediatric orthopaedic practice, dedicated staff, and the services we provide. The website is currently under construction, so please bear with us as we make improvements.

Whether you're making the decision for orthopaedic care, or would just like to expand your knowledge, I hope this site helps you become informed and more confident about the wide range of orthopaedic treatments available for children.

My practice is almost exclusively pediatric orthopaedics. I do treat some adults, but typically only ones with pediatric conditions that have persisted into adulthood (eg, scoliosis). My special areas of interest within childrens orthopaedics include pediatric and adolescent hip disorders, scoliosis and spine deformity, pediatric trauma and the Ponseti medthod of non-surgical clubfoot correction.

We believe in meeting patients' individual needs through comprehensive evaluation and treatment designed to help them achieve an active, pain-free lifestyle. Most childrens musculoskeletal conditions can be treated by non-surgical techniques--surgery is just one treatment option. We combine leading edge techniques with proven traditional methods to provide our patients with the best pediatric orthopaedic care possible.

I believe that knowledgeable patients and parents make the best decisions about their own treatment. That's why I explain every step of the diagnostic process. I want my patients and families to understand their condition: How it developed and how various treatment approaches can improve or repair the problem. When we consider treatment alternatives, I present a realistic outlook on the results we can achieve. I'll also be frank about any risks that might be involved. If a non-surgical option is available, I'll explain that avenue in depth.

Our purpose is to handle each and every patient visit with care and proficiency. It is also highly important to us that our Doctor/Patient relationship is open and honest. It is my responsibility to make sure patients and families are well informed about their conditions and the multiple choices of treatment. My professional staff and I will also provide you with patient education materials, (e.g., web sites, pamphlets, and video tapes) that give you added appreciation of your condition and treatment options.

Surgery is only one of many treatment options. Many of my patients never need to have surgery - many times rehabilitation, bracing, casting or other non-surgical techniques are all that is needed. I work closely with a team of local physical therapists, occupational therapists and orthotists who, like me, believe in conservative methods. I inform my patients and families of all the treatment options they have for their particular condition, and what the advantages and disadvantages are of each option. There is a lot of valuable patient information available today that can answer many questions a patient may have, or help to calm some concerns they may have. I believe that my staff and I may be your most valuable resource for any thoughts or concerns you have, which is why we are here.

The best compliment I receive is when patients recommend me to one of their family members or friends. My patient's trust is of utmost importance to me. My main approach to helping treat your childs orthpaedic problem is to keep you well informed - through dialogue between us and through external sources of information that are available. It is my job to help you understand why I take, or do not take, certain actions.

A significant portion of my practice involves the care of children's fractures. Our section has a "Same-day" children's fracture care policy. If a family calls before 1:00pm during normal business hours, a child with a fracture will be seen that same day by myself (if I'm not in the operating room) or by one of my partners, all of whom are fellowship trained pediatric orthopaedic surgeons. Expeditious care of childrens fractures is extremely important and we strive to provide outstanding care of children with fractures. I am a believer in waterproof casting and use it whenever appropriate at no additional charge. If your child has a fracture and would like an appointment, please call (216)444-6260 or 1-800-223-2273 ext 46260.

It is important to understand that children are not just small adults. My staff and I feel strongly that the care of childrens orthopaedic problems differs immensely from adult orthopaedics and treat our patients accordingly. Children require special attention not just with the technical aspects of their treatment, but in the day-to-day interpersonal relationships in the caregiver / child / family dynamic. I am fortunate to be surrounded with a clinical and support staff as well as a first-rate childrens hospital that excels in all aspects of the care of children. (Not to mention my own three children that always keep me on my toes!)

Thank you for visiting this web site! If you'd like to learn more about our pediatric orthopaedic practice at Cleveland Clinic, please click the "Patient Information and Office Forms" button on this web site. Please never hesitate to contact us anytime at (216) 444-4024, or toll free at 1-800-223-2273 x 44024 with any questions, comments or concerns. We'd love to hear from you!

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Contact Information

Cleveland Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery / A41 9500 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH USA 44195 View map Phone 216.444.4024 Fax 216.445.3585

Other staff in my practice

Scott Arkwright, RNFA,Pediatric Orthopaedic Nurse Clinician

Rachel Marshall, Admin. Assistant

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