Pediatric Orthopaedics

Children and adolescents have special development considerations in their treatment of orthopaedic-related conditions, such as bowlegs, clubfoot, scoliosis (curvature of the spine), flatfoot, intoeing, and knock knee.

Our specialists in the Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery department at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) treat orthopaedic conditions, but also provide treatment, education, and follow-up of all acute trauma and injury.

Latest treatments and procedures

  • Bracing: Wearing a brace to limit activities and provide treatment
  • Casting: Protecting your broken bone or other injury using a cast made of fiberglass or plaster
  • Clubfoot repair: Using nonsurgical and surgical treatments to correct clubfoot (unusual positions of the foot)
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery

Special programs

We also offer the following special programs:

  • Clubfoot Program: Our providers follow the Ponsetti® method of treatment that includes a series of weekly castings for the infant, followed by bracing. Surgical treatment is also sometimes required.
  • Hemophilia Program: We provide testing, treatment, and support for those suffering from hemophilia and related disorders. We are one of three federally designated Hemophilia Treatment Centers in Northern New England.
  • Neuromotor Clinic: We evaluate and treat children diagnosed with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders that may affect their development and physical ability.
  • Spina Bifida Clinic: We provide care for children and young adults up to age 22 with the goal of keeping them in the best possible health and fostering independence. Clinic specialists include a pediatric neurosurgeon, a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, a pediatric urologist, two pediatricians who specialize in spina bifida care, a pediatric physical therapist, a nurse coordinator, and a nurse practitioner.
  • Sports Medicine: Our team of specialists and physical therapists specialize in treating sports-related injuries and chronic conditions, including prevention and management of sports-related concussions. Treatment is based on evidence-based care to get your child back to sports in as little time as possible.