At Children’s Hospital Boston, we understand that the first step to treating your child is obtaining an accurate, timely and thorough diagnosis.
Your child’s doctor will do a thorough medical history and careful physical exam. X-rays and/or CT scans may be used to confirm the diagnosis, assess the underlying structure of the baby’s deformity, check for related conditions and determine a course of treatment.
In milder cases, radioulnar synostosis may not be noticeable and doctors may diagnose it during a child’s later school age years or adolescence, since the child rarely experiences pain, and some children don’t experience too much functional limitation of the limited forearm movement. In fact, your child may notice only subtle differences in her ability to rotate her forearm.
In more serious cases, a child’s forearm rotation is much more limited and obvious, so the diagnosis can be made at an earlier age—typically around age 6.
Elbow x-rays of a child’s arm with congenital radioulnar synostosis
Our Orthopedic Clinical Effectiveness Research Center (CERC)
Children’s Orthopedic Clinical Effectiveness Research Center (CERC) was established by our
Orthopedic Center to improve the quality of life for children with musculoskeletal disorders. This collaborative clinical research program is unique in the nation and is playing an instrumental role in establishing, for the first time, evidence-based standards of care for pediatric orthopedic patients throughout the world.
Children’s Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery Program
The doctors and staff in the Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery Program at Boston Children's Hospital are recognized experts in the management of congenital and acquired hand deformities.
We offer orthopedic care in lots of places
If you live far from the United States, we can help
As an international pediatric orthopedics center, Children’s treats young patients from all over the world. Our International Center assists families residing outside the United States: We facilitate the medical review of patient records; coordinate appointment scheduling; and help families with customs and immigration, transportation, hotel and housing accommodations.