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Orthopedic Care at Boston Children's HospitalWhether your child has a broken arm, sports-related injury or the most complex spine condition, Boston Children's Hospital's Orthopedic Center is committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care.

Established in 1903, we are one of the world’s most experienced pediatric orthopedic centers, and with thirteen specialty clinics, we are the largest in the U.S. We are also one of the busiest. Each year, our orthopedic team attends to more than 100,000 patient visits and performs over 6,000 surgeries.

Our center offers the full spectrum of care for orthopedic conditions, developmental disorders, as well as congenital, neuromuscular and post-traumatic problems of the musculoskeletal system. We also offer physical and occupational medicine, as well as orthotic and prosthetic devices.

Yet, while our treatments and innovations have greatly evolved over the past century, our philosophy remains the same—to relentlessly provide the best orthopedic care and patient service possible in order to improve the quality of life for our patients.

Orthopedic Center In the News

The future of treating ACL tears
The Boston Globe,
November 6, 2014

Tommy John surgery and teen pitchers: what you need to know
Sports Illustrated,
September 8, 2014

Circus Smirkus to roll into Cheshire Fairgrounds this year
Brattleboro Reformer, June 19, 2014

Hope for an S-Shaped Back
New York Times, May 12, 2014

Marathon Medical Tent Doctors Reflect On Bombing Response
WBZ-TV Channel 4, April 3, 2014

Evidence shows cognitive rest aids concussion recovery
USA Today, January 6, 2014


Clinical Innovation: a better way to repair ACL tears

ACL Illustration

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. Learn how 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.

Facts and figures

Peter Waters, MD

Did you know that every year, Boston Children’s Orthopedic staff attends to about 100,000 patient visits, conducts 6,000 surgeries, and performs more than 300 spine operations. For more interesting statistics, visit our Facts and Figures section.

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO