Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Trauma Program

Coordinated treatment for pediatric fractures and musculoskeletal injuries

Our Orthopedic Trauma and Fracture Service provides expert evaluation and treatment of all musculoskeletal injuries of the limb and spine. The orthopedic surgeons at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are part of a specialized team that practices in the first accredited pediatric Level I Trauma Center in eastern Pennsylvania.

Our team, which includes pediatric surgeons, neurosurgeons, emergency physicians, nurses and pediatric anesthesiologists, cares for thousands of injured children each year.

Children's fractures and other musculoskeletal injuries often require specialized treatment. The rate of healing in children is different, and injured growth plates can cause long-term problems.

In addition to the urgent treatment of orthopedic injuries, the Orthopedic Trauma and Fracture Service provides continuing care until the injured child has returned to full function. As an outpatient, the children treated in the Orthopedic Trauma and Fracture Service benefit from many specialized services. They include:

The orthopedic trauma team at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia frequently sees children for second opinions immediately following injuries. We also address long-term problems relating to the injury. Members of the group have extensive experience in dealing with long-term problems after trauma, including growth arrest or limb malalignment.

To make an appointment

After the initial injury, if you would like to have your child seen by our trauma specialists in the Division of Orthopedic Surgery, please call 215-590-1527.

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