Orthopedics

Boston Children's Hospital is home to one of the world's most extensive and experienced pediatric orthopedic centers. With 13 specialty clinics, our center is the largest in the United States. Each year, our internationally recognized team of physicians and surgeons attends to more than 100,000 patients and performs over 6,000 surgeries.

Young boy at Boston Children's at WalthamOur center - ranked number one in the nation for pediatric orthopedic care by U.S. News & World Report  - offers the full spectrum of care for orthopedic conditions and developmental disorders, as well as congenital, neuromuscular, and post-traumatic problems of the musculoskeletal system. We also offer physical therapy, occupational therapy, and orthotic and prosthetic devices.

Our treatments and innovations have greatly evolved over the past century, but our mission remains the same: improve your child's quality of life by providing the best orthopedic care and service. We offer compassionate and comprehensive support to your entire family every step of the way, to make sure your experience is as smooth and worry-free as possible. The overall well-being of your child and family is our top priority.

Conditions We Treat

We offer world-class care for the full spectrum of orthopedic conditions, including:

  • Spine conditions. Scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, fractured vertebrae, chronic back and neck pain.
  • Sports-related injuries. Bone fractures, torn ligaments (ACL, MCL, PCL), labral tears (shoulder, hip), overuse injuries.
  • Hip disorders. Hip dysplasia, hip impingement, Legg-Calve Perthes-Disease, femoral anteversion, slipped capital femoral epiphysis.
  • Hand and upper-extremity conditions. Congenital and acquired neuromuscular, traumatic, and post-traumatic hand problems; brachial plexus birth palsy.
  • Neuromuscular conditions. Cerebral palsy, static encephalopathy, progressive neuromuscular conditions, congenital anomalies.
  • Congenital deformities and growth disorders
  • Bone and soft tissue tumors and conditions

Our Approach

Whether they arrive with a congenital defect or a complex spine condition, children who visit our center receive comprehensive care from a collaborative team of dedicated professionals. Our expert surgeons and nurses work closely together to conduct a thorough evaluation of your child's condition and develop a personalized treatment plan. This interdisciplinary approach results in highly accurate diagnoses, improved pain management, and prompt and effective treatment. And it enables us to address the entire range of physical and psychological challenges facing your child and family.

We know the family is the most important source of emotional support for children, and that's why we view family members as a vital component of each child's healthcare team. Families are always welcome on the patient care unit and are encouraged to comfort and soothe their children. And when they're away from the units, family members may call at any time to speak with the child's nurse.

Research and Innovation

Our team of clinicians and researchers is at the forefront of orthopedic care and has consistently led the way in pioneering new treatments, technology, and approaches. Some of our notable innovations and firsts include:

  • Advanced microsurgery techniques in the treatment of complex fractures and soft-tissue injuries to the hands and arms.
  • Successful treatment of chest deformities with the VEPTR (vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib) procedure.
  • Early adoption of the MAGEC (Magnetic Expansion Control) system for the treatment of scoliosis.
  • A hip-preservation program that has performed more peri-acetabular osteotomy hip dysplasia surgeries than any other children's hospital.
  • An Orthopedic Clinical Effectiveness Research Center, established to translate science into care and improve the quality of life of children with musculoskeletal disorders.
  • The oldest and largest comprehensive center for the care of spina bifida.
  • Early use of adjuvant chemotherapy and limb salvage surgery for patients with osteosarcoma.

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