Cincinnati Children’s Ranked No. 5 Orthopaedic Program in U.S.

When it comes to caring for your child’s bones, muscles and joints, one size doesn’t fit all. 

That’s why we tailor treatment to your child’s growing and changing body for better individual outcomes. And we work constantly to develop new approaches that build your child’s strength, stamina and independence.

Here, you’ll find specialty programs that deliver outstanding care for your child, including:

  • Our Orthopaedic Sports Center is led by international expert physicians with fellowship training in orthopaedics and pediatrics. This gives our clinicians insight on the best way to help your child get back on the field. It’s also why Cincinnati Children’s performs the most ACL reconstruction surgeries for young children in the country. 
  • The Crawford Spine Center offers the latest techniques and devices. MAGEC growing rods grow with your child through a system of implanted rods and external remote control to help minimize the progression of scoliosis. Cincinnati Children’s is one of a few pediatric hospitals in the nation to offer Vertebral body tethering (VBT), a nonfusion surgery that allows the spine to move and bend, preserving range of motion in the back. 
  • Our Hip Preservation Program focuses on preserving and improving your or your child’s hip. We use treatments to prevent or reduce pain and prevent or significantly delay hip replacement. We have developed hip-specific physical therapy protocols for both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation that are personalized and accelerate recovery.
  • The Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Center offers surgical and non-surgical care for children and young adults with bone or limb deformities. Our team has more than 40 years combined experience and care for children from all over the United States and nearly 30 countries. 
  • The Brachial Plexus Center, part of our Hand and Upper Extremity Program, is one of the most experienced programs in the country and is advancing care with new surgery techniques that better preserve or repair the nerves. That’s why the team has treated more than 1,600 patients from 33 states and 5 countries. 
  • The Cerebral Palsy Program brings together clinicians from orthopaedics, neurosurgery and rehabilitation to deliver quality, advanced, family-centered care. Our new comprehensive, two-day surgical evaluation brings together national and international CP experts from orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery, the Motion Analysis Lab and rehabilitation medicine, who together to develop a comprehensive plan for surgeries or therapies that can improve your child’s mobility. 

A Better Way to Care

We will never stop improving and will continue to look at care from every angle to find ways – big and small – to help children get stronger.

  • We constantly look for ways to improve the safety of our patients and have reduced the risk of infection after surgery to less than 1 percent.
  • Surgeons work to shorten surgery times and offer more minimally invasive surgical procedures that put less stress on children’s bodies and allow them to recover faster.
  • We offer improved care and treatment of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries and patellar instability among young athletes.
  • We have offered video visits to patients when clinically appropriate throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Many patients use this option not just for safety reasons but also because it was convenient and easy for their family.
  • Researchers are working to discover how muscle contractions in children with cerebral palsy or brachial plexus injuries can be prevented. These contractions can lead to regular dislocation of the hip or shoulder and affect a child’s ability to move freely. 
  • Our motion analysis lab, one of the few fully accredited labs, captures clear images of how the body moves for a more accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan.