The Penn State Children’s Hospital Approach to Pediatric Orthopaedics

If your child has a broken arm, sports-related injury or a complex limb deformity, the experts at Penn State Children’s Hospital are committed to providing compassionate, expert care and rehabilitation. We treat the full spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions, combining innovative treatments, therapies and surgery, when necessary, to give your child the best possible outcome and quality of life.

Expert, Team-Based Care Designed for You

We take a team approach to each child's care. Our specialists work with you and your child at every step – from diagnosis through recovery and beyond. The team includes orthopaedic surgeons, sports medicine specialists, podiatrists, physiatrists, dietitians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists and orthotic specialists.

Our doctors stay on the leading edge of treatment through education and research. They are also members of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and the Scoliosis Research Society.

Child Life Specialists

At Penn State Children’s Hospital, our specially trained staff of Child Life specialists meet with every child to help them through an illness. Our specialists accompany your child during an Emergency Department visit or a procedure to provide coping strategies, such as distraction, guided imagery and deep breathing.

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Our Experts in Orthopaedic Care

Orthopaedics is proud to be a leader in the care of patients with disorders of the bones, joints and spine. Our faculty, clinicians, and researchers have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report, ranking as one of the best hospitals in the nation for in orthopedic care.

Why Choose Penn State Children’s Hospital for Orthopaedics

We’re home to the region’s only pediatric intensive care unit and top-level pediatric trauma service to care for severe injuries.

Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques

Our surgeons focus on minimally invasive surgical techniques whenever possible. Minimally invasive surgery allows your child to have less pain, recover quicker and spend less time in the hospital.

Rehabilitation Care for a Full Recovery

We provide both outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation care, depending on the needs of your child during recovery. Our 10-bed inpatient unit offers a safe and secure setting for patients from birth to age 21. Our goal is to help your child function better, both physically and emotionally, and regain motor, language and self-care skills. We also give family members the skills, training and strategies to provide excellent care at home.

Research and Clinical Trials

Our orthopaedic specialists offer leading-edge care. Your child may also be able to take part in clinical research trials to treat certain bone, muscle, ligament or tendon problems. We are involved in many exciting research studies so we can have the most up-to-date information and treatments for our patients. Find out if a clinical trial is right for you.

Nationally Recognized Care

Penn State Children’s Hospital is routinely ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation because of our focus on patient care, safety and research. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Penn State Children’s Hospital specialties with top rankings. You can see all of our awards and recognitions here.

Conditions Treated

The Penn State Children’s Hospital pediatric orthopaedic team provides treatment for a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Foot and ankle problems, such as
  • Fractures and injuries
  • Hip disorders, including:
    • Hip dysplasia
    • Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
    • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis
  • Hip problems
  • Infection of the bones and joints
  • Knee disorders, including:
  • Lower limb problems
  • Limping
  • Neuromuscular conditions
  • Spinal deformity, including:
  • Lower limb deformities
  • Sports Injuries
  • Upper limb deformities

Support Groups

Support groups provide children and their families an opportunity to connect with others in similar situations. Learn more about the support groups offered at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

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Our Convenient Locations

Find the care your family needs, close to home, at one of our many locations throughout central Pennsylvania.

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