• We Help Kids Get Back into the Game of Life

    After suffering a severe hand and wrist injury, slope style skier Nick Goepper relied on treatment from the Hand and Upper Extremity Center at Cincinnati Children’s to get back to action. Nick went on to win a gold medal at the 2014 X Games in Aspen and a bronze medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

    When doctors discovered that 4-week-old Addyson Strotman had scoliosis, her family turned to Cincinnati Children’s for a series of special casts that straightened her spine.

    And when Chase Tieber was born in 2009 with a brachial plexus injury, his parents wondered whether he would ever be able to throw a football. They found answers from the only comprehensive brachial plexus center in the country.

    Whether it’s repairing sports-related injuries, correcting curved spines or lengthening limbs, Cincinnati Children’s is a leader in orthopaedic care and surgery for children. Our program ranked No. 8 in the country in the 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals report published by U.S. News & World Report.

    “We have a large group of surgeons with the experience to provide the full range of orthopaedic care, no matter how rare a child’s condition may be,” says James McCarthy, MD, director of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery. “We also work in several ways to minimize the need for surgery, including providing athletic trainers for local schools to prevent injuries and investing in technologies that reduce the need for repeated procedures.”

    Why We Stand Out

    • Our Crawford Spine Center assembles a world-class team of experts to diagnose and treat many spine conditions. In addition to advanced surgical techniques, our team is a leader in providing Mehta casting for early onset scoliosis.
    • We provide one of the nation’s largest centers for treating brachial plexus injuries, which involve damage to a bundle of nerves in the neck and chest that control arm and hand movements.
    • We have extensive expertise in evaluating and treating cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular disorders, including a state-of-the-art motion analysis laboratory.
    • Our Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Center uses fully implantable devices, child-safe imaging methods and other advanced techniques to help children born with limb deformities or major damage from injury.   
    • We do more than repair the most complex traumas caused by car crashes, falls and sports injuries; we study and promote ways to prevent such injuries. 

    “Because we have developed expertise in so many subspecialty areas, several of our faculty members have become leading trainers of the next generation of surgeons,” McCarthy says.