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Once an adult injury, ACL tears are on the rise in kids

Mininder Kocher, MD was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune about the rising rate of ACL tears in kids and  adolescents. 


For kids with cerebral palsy, quality of life is paramount
Benjamin Shore, MDThriving Dec 21, 2012
Giving kids a better quality of life means giving them the best care possible. “All of us (physicians) in the program have an ongoing dialogue about each individual patient, and those combined perspectives help provide much more comprehensive, well-rounded care,” says Benjamin Shore, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Boston Children’s CP Program.

Out of Africa, and into your hearts
The Sun Nov 29, 2012
Soon, Theresa Boateng, the 15-year-old Ghanian girl living with two club feet, may be physically be able to jump for joy to express the emotion she's feeling now...

Step by step, a miracle in the making
The Sun Nov 24, 2012
As Theresa Boateng, the teenage girl with the doubly deformed feet , listened anxiously from a poor village on Africa's west coast, the call ...

After surgeries, Gloversville teen strides toward a career in health care
The Leader-Herald Oct 21, 2012
Jenn Sprung was an avid field hockey player when she learned she had bilateral hip dysplasia -- prompting her to undergo two career-ending surgeries within a year. But the experience gave her a new perspective on life, and even inspired her to pursue college in hopes of specializing in pediatric oncology.


Bone up on bone health
Thriving Oct 19, 2012
October 19th is World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day, so it's time to bone up on bone health. Though we've all heard the basics of why kids should drink milk and build strong bones, this day serves as a reminder of why it's so important.

The many faces of childhood cancer: Caitlynne McGaff
Thriving Sep 5, 2012
Caitlynne McGaff is an active 17 year old. She owes a lot of her mobility to an innovative surgery she had at Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center (DF/CHCC) to treat her osteosarcoma. This is her story.

Helping a teenage athlete stay hip
Jennifer SprungThriving, Aug 22, 2012
It was another day at field hockey practice for Jenn Sprung. The 14-year-old from Gloversville, NY was running and playing with her team when a sharp pain through her right leg made her stop.

'Love for Alyssa': Examining arthrogryposis
CNN.com, July 2, 2012
Arthrogryposis has presented many challenges to Alyssa Jadyn Hagstrom. At just 8 years old, the condition has left her with no use of her legs and arms, and limited use of her fingers.

Around the bend
Thriving, June 25, 2012
For most children with scoliosis, the path to recovery is marked by simple observation and bracing. But when one patient battles two curves, her path—and spine—take an unexpected turn . . . 

NOT all in the family: Tackling rare genetic diseases that aren't inherited
Vector, June 8, 2012
How do you find the genetic cause of a disease that doesn't appear to be inherited, preesents with a variety of symptoms--and has been diagnosed in just a few hundred people worldwide . . . 

Researchers at Boston Children's Hospital identify a genetic cause for CLOVES, a rare but debilitating overgrowth and malformation syndrome
Boston Children's Newsroom, May 31, 2012
Using advanced technologies for rapidly sequencing and analyzing DNA from clinical and pathologic samples, a multidisciplinary research team consisting of geneticists, pathologists and surgeons at Boston Children's Hospital has identified the genetic basis for CLOVES syndrome, a rare congenital malformation and overgrowth disorder.

Researchers find gene for 9-year-old girl's 1-in-a-million disease
WBUR, May 31, 2012

Children's Hospital discovers cause of rare CLOVES disease
Boston Business Journal, May 31, 2012
Children's Hospital has discovered that a single mutation in a gene is likely to be responsible for a debilitating, rare disease that strikes children, know as CLOVES syndrome.

Born to run: How hip dysplasia surgery got this patient moving
Thriving, May 23, 2012
After being referred to an orthopedic doctor at Boston Children’s Hospital, Angela was diagnosed with developmental dysplasia of the hip, which means she had a problem with formation of her hip joint. She was 5 years old at the time.

3 Mistakes parents make that lead to common playground injuries
Boston Globe, May 2, 2012
As the playground season approaches, Dr. Benjamin Shore discusses some common playground injuries, their causes, and how to help avoid them.

Saving Sydney's bones from breaking
Ivanhoe Broadcast News, Apr 23, 2012
Ivanhoe Broadcast News reports on Boston Children’s patient, Sydney Pardi, who has osteogenesis imperfect and is treated by Samantha Spencer, MD. Dr. Spencer inserted telescopic rods into Sydney’s legs to help support her brittle bones and give her a better quality of life.

Caution: Dangerous curves
Boston Globe, Apr 1, 2012
Dr. Lyle Micheli, sports medicine director in the Orthopedic Center, was recently interviewed by the Boston Globe regarding curveballs in little league baseball. How young is too young?

AAOS Now Podcast
AAOS.org, Jan 2012
Dr. Martha Murray discusses the use of platelet-derived factors and scaffolds for ligament healing, in this two-part podcast presented by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.



How to hatch a dinosaur
Wired Magazine, October 2011
In 2002, Matthew Harris sat down to dissect a chicken embryo. A grad student in developmental biology at the University of Wisconsin, Harris was trying to figure out how feathers evolved. As is common practice in his field, he had turned to a deformed animal for clues; figuring out what went wrong often shows what’s supposed to go right. He was working with a talpid2, a particularly odd strain of mutant chicken best known for grotesque forelimbs and feet that can sprout up to 10 digits each—so many that fully developed chicks can’t muster the biomechanical wherewithal to break out of their shells and hatch. Harris was looking beyond those obvious alterations, searching for oddities in skin, scales, and feathers.

Looking for alternatives to ligament replacement
New York Times, October 13, 2011
Anterior cruciate ligaments are stubborn healers. Once one is torn playing basketball or soccer, its ends don't rejoin, form a blood clot or mend — possibly because lubricating fluid in the knee makes it difficult. So to be able to return to pivoting sports, as many as 250,000 patients undergo surgery to reconstruct their ligaments each year with grafts harvested from their hamstrings or patella tendons.

Athletes' knees and OCD: Between ROCK and a hard place
Children's Vector Blog, November 2011
As more and more children sign up for organized sports, knee injuries such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or meniscus tears have continued to rise. But less well known is osteochondritis dissecans, or OCD – an injury that can have a devastating effect on the knee joint if not diagnosed early and managed properly. Kids’ worlds are turned completely upside down by OCD, when they go from the playing field to crutches.

Does it get better? Surgical outcomes in children with cerebral palsy
Children's Vector blog, August 2011
Children with cerebral palsy (CP), the most common form of physical disability in children, all experience at least some difficulties in communication and movement. Those with the most severe forms of CP sometimes undergo reconstructive surgery on their hips and spine to correct dislocations or scoliosis. But do these operations improve quality of life?


Making bone make more bone
Children's Vector blog, August 2011
Work your bones, get more bone. The link between exercise and bone density has been recognized for a long time. It works like this: As you work out, your muscles pull on your bones, causing strain. Cells embedded in the structure of your bones called osteocytes sense the strain and put out a call to other bone cells, osteoblasts, to start churning out proteins and minerals that make your bones denser and stronger. Which is why a history of load-or weight bearing exercise can help prevent osteoporosis...

Going above and beyond for patientsOrtho Concierge
Ortho Times, May 2011
For Children's Department of Orthopedic Surgery, customer service has long served as a key component to delivering exceptional care. The department conducts patient satisfaction surveys, encourages outstanding customer service through its Gold Star program and even developed a concierge service--all in an effort to improve the overall patient experience.

Our patients’ stories: From the operating room to the winners podium
Thrive: Children's Hospital Blog, Jun 29, 2011
At 11 years old, Jillena DeCarteret was a gymnast who was just as comfortable tumbling on the mat as she was walking down the street. So when she awoke one morning with a mystery pain attacking her shoulder, she was understandably frightened that her budding gymnastics career might be in jeopardy.

Boston Children's Hospital ranked #1 in orthopedics by U.S. News and World Report
U.S. News and World Report,  May 26, 2011
Boston Children's Hospital has been ranked #1 in Orthopedics in the U.S. News Media Group's 2011 edition of America's Best Children's Hospitals.


Choosing the Challenge
Dream Magazine,  Winter 2011
As part of her treatment for a rare leg cancer, Caitlynne McGaff chose and unorthodox treatment--and a more active life.



One patient's story: living with scoliosis
Thrive blog, Nov 10, 2010
Visceria Givans is a student athlete, diagnosed with scoliosis in grade school. She received corrective spine surgery at Children’s Hospital Boston a few years later and is actively playing sports again. In the following post she discusses her treatment, recovery and how she refused to let scoliosis define her or impact her self-esteem.

Boston Children's Hospital ranked #1 in orthopedics
U.S. News and World Report,  2010
Boston Children's Hospital has been ranked #1 in Orthopedics in the U.S. News Media Group's 2010 edition of America's Best Children's Hospitals featured in the August issue of U.S. News & World Report.


New options for healing torn ACLs:
Research continues into possible use of PRP, tissue engineering

AAOS News, Jun 2010
Surgical repair of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears has a high rate of poor outcomes and failures—with a nonunion rate of 90 percent. For this reason, ACL reconstruction, using a patellar tendon or hamstring graft, is the standard treatment.

The picture of success: Dr. Mininder Kocher 
Orthopedics This Week, Mar 1, 2010
A child is not a little adult -and a general orthopedist isn't a pediatric sports medicine specialist. But Dr. Mininder Kocher, Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School, is...

Teens training too hard, too often 
Featuring Mininder S. Kocher, MD, MPH
Boston.com, June 1, 2010

An interview with orthopedic surgeon, Mininder Kocher, MD, MPH
POSNA Resident Review, Feb 2010, pgs4-6 (pdf 1.3mb)

Focus on Dr. Martha Murray: Reconnecting the ACL
Technology & Innovation of Boston Children's Hospital, Feb 2010

ACL IllustrationClinical Innovation: A better way to repair ACL tears
Children's Views Online, Feb 2010
Orthopedic surgeon and researcher, Martha Murray, MD, is developing ways to stimulate the healing of a patient's own ACL, rather than replacing it.

After most ligament tears, a blood clot forms, providing a temporary bridge that cells can crawl onto to begin the healing process. But in ACL injuries, fluid inside the knee joint dissolves the clot, so this bridge never forms. Dr. Murray and her team developed a mixture of collagen hydrogel and platelet-rich blood plasma that could facilitate ACL healing and developed surgical devices for this procedure.



The good & bad of backpacks
Featuring Daniel Hedequist, MD
chesapeakefamily.com, Oct 13, 2009

Should all newborns be screened for potential hip problems?
Featuring Susan T. Mahan, MD, MPH
Boston.com, Sep 7, 2009


Boston Children's Hospital ranked #1 in orthopedics by U.S. News and World Report 
U.S. News and World Report, June 18, 2009
Boston Children's Hospital has been ranked #1 in Orthopedics in the U.S. News Media Group's 2009 edition of America's Best Children's Hospitals featured in the August issue of U.S. News and World Report.

Children's orthopedic surgeon elected to AOSSM Board of Directors
July 21, 2009

At the recent Annual Meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), Mininder S. Kocher, MD, MPH, was elected to the Board of Directors of the AOSSM. The AOSSM is the preeminent orthopaedic sports medicine organization in the world for sports medicine education, research, communication, and fellowship. Dr. Kocher is the Associate Director of the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital and an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.

Screen all newborns for hip dysplasia, study urges
Forbes.com, July 8, 2009

Saving Gracie 
Dream, April, 2009
Painful growths in Gracie Lavigne's hip socket left the teen bed-ridden, dependent on drugs and losing hope. Now, a novel surgery gives her a new lease on life.

Boston Children's Hospital Ranked #1 in Orthopedic Care
Parents magazine, February 2009
Boston Children's Hospital has been ranked as the top pediatric hospital in the country for orthopedic care in Parents magazine's Best Children's Hospitals survey. Children's was rated second overall among the more than 100 pediatric hospitals surveyed, and was among the top five for cancer care and pulmonary medicine.

"Ranking as one of the top Children's Hospitals in the nation is a testament to the unwavering commitment to excellence of our caregivers, researchers, employees and volunteers," says James Mandell, MD, CEO of Boston Children's Hospital.

The rankings were determined through surveys of over 100 children's hospitals across the country. All surveyed hospitals are members of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI). Hospitals are ranked on their responses to detailed questions about survival rates for childhood cancer, pediatric heart disease, and other critical conditions; their experience in performing certain complex procedures; the depth of the research program; safeguards to prevent medical errors; staffing ratios and quality; waiting times in the emergency department; community outreach; and services that address the emotional needs of sick children and their families.



CIMIT Stories: tool for knee surgery will help rebuild ACL cimit.org
Featuring Dr. Martha M Murray
video: enhanced primary ACL repair

Can a gene test tell you your toddler's sport 
U.S. News & World Report, Dec 3, 2008


The Washington Post interviews Mininder S. Kocher, MD, MPH, about the risks of youths involved in triathlons
Washington Post, Nov 10, 2008

A young woman's struggle with scoliosis
Dream magazine, Fall 2008

Big league problem: protecting young pitchers 
NorthJersey.com, July 11, 2008

Torn ACLs, other big injuries hit little athletes 
USAToday.com, July 8, 2008

Torn ACLs, other big injuries hit little athletes
Boston.com, July 7, 2008

The rise in diagnosis of ACL injuries in children
Sports Medicine's Dr. Mininder Kocher talks with ReachMD Radio about ACL injuries in children.
ReachMD Radio XM157, New York Times, Jun 30, 2008
Listen online or download in podcast format.

How was Tiger Woods able to play golf for a year with a badly injured knee? 
Scientific American, Jun 27, 2008

A big-time injury striking little players' knees
Orthopedic's Dr. Mininder Kocher talks to the New York Times about the growing problem of ACL injuries in children.
New York Times, Feb 18, 2008



Marstons Mills boy prepares for innovative scoliosis surgery
Nathan Winslow, an 11-year old from Barnstable, is the first patient to undergo vertebral stapling at Boston Children's Hospital.
Cape Cod Times, Dec 6, 2007

Exceptional Care, Exceptional Service.
Sports Medicine's Tammy Hill and fellow colleagues came to the aid of a recently discharged patient during last weeks winter storm.
Fox News online, Dec 14, 2007


Keeping kids connected: Chats help kids with scoliosis connect from home.
Dream Magazine, Spring 2007

Dr. Martha Murray talks to WCVB-TV about ACL injuries in girls
WCVB-TV, Jul 19, 2007

Research aims to heal ACL surgery faster
KGO-TV, May 31, 2007

Dr. Martha Murray talks to WTVF-TV about healing ACL tears 
WTVF-TV, Apr 11, 2007

Pain is not gain for adolescent athletes 
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Feb 17, 2007

Surgeon makes 'gel gun' to heal female athletes' injuries 
Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology, Feb 9, 2007

MRI breakthrough for cartilage diagnosis wins Lanier Award 
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Feb 14, 2007



Is my child's backpack too heavy?
childrenshospital.org, Sep 2006

The right backpack can ease a child's load
The Boston Globe, Aug 13, 2006


Our right hand man
Children's News, Aug 2006

ACL surgery for kids
Chicago Tribune, Jul 31, 2006

Looking for alternatives to ligament replacement surgery 
New York Times, Apr 20, 2006

Torn knee ligament: can it be healed? 
New technique may some day allow torn ACL to be healed, not just replaced
WebMD Medical News, Mar 24, 2006

Researcher seeks better fix for knees 
Boston Globe, Jan 2, 2006 



"Hip" to knee pain
Pediatric Views, Dec 2005

Film crew travels to Boston Children's Hospital to film Orthopedic surgeon perform multiple ACL procedures.
On Tuesday, October 18, 2005, Video Journal of Orthopaedics (VJO) traveled to Boston Children's Hospital, to film Dr. Mininder Kocher as he performed two ACL related surgical procedures.

Dr. Kocher an Associate Director for the Division of Sports Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Boston Children's Hospital and, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School/ Harvard School of Public performed a hamstring ACL reconstruction and an IT band reconstruction, two procedures recently discussed in Physeal Sparing Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in Skeletally Immature Prepubescent Children and Adolescents, Kocher MS, Garg S, Micheli LJ. appearing in the November, 2005 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

This 30 minute surgical video, produced and directed by Video Journal of Orthopaedic is made possible through a multimedia alliance formed between VJO and The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS). This partnership supplements select print articles reported in JBJS by publishing video supplements focusing on the surgical procedure(s) described within that article.


Children's nurse straightens out Russian girl's life
Children's News, May 2005

Targeting ACL injury: Orthopedic surgeon Martha Murray is working on a safer, less invasive repair for ACL tears.
Dream Magazine, Spring 2005

Orthopedic services expand to Waltham
Children's News, May 2005

Boston Children's Hospital ranked 2nd in the nation for orthopedic care in Child magazine's 2005 survey.

Beaker bytes: Building bridges to better ACL healing
Children's News, Jan 2005



Keeping an eye on the curve
Dr. Daniel Hedequist discusses the importance of regular scoliosis exams.
Pediatric Views, Aug 2004


Micro manager: Children's surgeon leads a study of when, and if, to fix damaged nerves
Dream Magazine, Spring 2002

Testing their metal: Titanium rib procedure gives patients room to breathe 
Dream Magazine, Spring 2002

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