Whether 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 96,000 patient visits and performs over 6,000 surgeries, which represents almost one quarter of all surgeries performed by Boston Children’s departments.
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.
Clinical Innovation: a better way to repair ACL tears
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
Did you know that every year, Boston Children’s Orthopedic staff attends to about 96,000 patient visits, conducts 6,000 surgeries, and performs more than 300 spine operations. For more interesting statistics, visit our Facts and Figures section.