Hand and Arm Disorder Research

Orthopaedic clinicians at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) are actively researching a range of hand and arm disorders and treatments. Orthopedic doctors regularly collaborate with The Center for Applied Genomics at CHOP, one of the world's largest genetics research programs and the only center at a pediatric hospital to have large-scale access to state-of-the-art throughput genotyping technology.

Current hand and arm research includes:

  • Long-term follow-up of gunshot wounds to the hand or upper extremity in children
  • Pink pulseless hand (prospective study)
  • Diagnostic utility of MRI scans in pediatric wrist injury
  • Outcomes of reconstruction of congenital hand anomalies such as syndactyly
  • Unstable supracondylar humerus fractures: experience with the “suprone” technique
  • Validation and integrated use of a simulated pediatric distal radius fracture reduction model
  • Functional outcomes of displaced distal radius fractures in children
  • Shoulder instability in adolescents

With research, orthopedic leaders at CHOP hope to be able to improve surgical techniques, range of motion and quality of life for children with hand and arm disorders.

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