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For more than a century, orthopedic surgeons and investigators at Boston Children’s Hospital have played a vital role in advancing the field of musculoskeletal research. We’ve developed breakthrough treatments and major advances for lower limb and hip problems, as well as scoliosis, polio, tuberculosis and traumas to the hand and upper extremities.
Our pioneering research helps answer the most pressing questions in pediatric orthopedics today—to provide children with the most innovative care available.
In Boston Children’s Orthopedic Center we take great pride in our basic science and clinical research leaders, who are recognized throughout the world for their achievements. Our orthopedic research team includes:
• 8 full-time basic scientists
• 37 clinical investigators
• a team of research coordinators and statisticians
Some developmental hip conditions can lead to premature arthritis in young adults, with resulting pain and disability. Our research focuses on understanding the pathomechanics (mechanical forces that adversely change the body's structure and function) of these conditions. With better understanding, we can improve existing therapies and develop new therapies for these conditions.
Current and recent studies include the following:
For example, a very common hip condition called femoral acetabular
impingement (FAI) is a research topic that Boston Children’s is working
on extensively. FAI is a frequent cause of osteoarthritis of the hip.
FAI is a jamming that occurs in some hips, resulting in damage to the
The most common cause of FAI is a “bump” on the neck of the
femur that remains as a result of SCFE. The impingement can be small
(causing minor damage) or larger, resulting in arthritis. In a long-term
study, our researchers are investigating the effectiveness of removing
the bump at the time of surgery.
Since 1991, Children's has performed more than 1,400 Bernese periacetabular osteotomies to correct hip dysplasia
in teens and adults, whose hip sockets have finished growing. This
large volume makes Boston Children’s the most experienced center in the
United States for this procedure—and the second-most experienced in the
Boston Children’s is a founding member of the Academic Network of Conservational Hip Outcomes Research (ANCHOR), a collaboration of researchers dedicated to following patients with developmental hip disease. The group now comprises 10 centers in the United States and one in Europe, and enrolls more than 500 patients each year in various studies.
Working in Boston Children’s labs are some of the leading musculoskeletal researchers in the nation. Our labs include:
• Orthopedic basic science research
• Center for the study of genetic skeletal disorders
• Sports Medicine research laboratory
• Bone cell biology laboratory
• Matthew Harris lab
Children’s Child and Adult Hip Preservation Program enjoys a special degree of effectiveness; not just because of our long tradition of excellence in pediatric hip care, but also because we follow our patients through adulthood. This gives us a unique perspective, insight and expertise—we can track how the hip works in each age group, how the problems evolve, and how the hip’s function changes over time in adult patients who’ve had treatment in childhood.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”