Children's Hospital Colorado
Orthopedics Institute

Orthopedics Institute

We care for patients’ growing muscles, joints and bones through sports medicine, surgery, rehabilitation and research.

Orthopedics Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado

96% ACL Reconstruction Graft Success After 24 Months
Only Center for Gait and Movement Analysis in the Rocky Mountain Region
30% Shorter Hospital Length of Stays for Spinal Fusion Surgery when Compared to the State Average

The Orthopedics Institute at Children’s Colorado consistently provides some of the best care in the nation. We are one of the only truly integrated pediatric orthopedics, orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation medicine programs. Every physician, surgeon, rehabilitation specialist and nurse on our team is specially trained and has experience caring for patients from infancy to young adulthood.

Pediatric care for bones, muscles, movement and more

We see patients with all types of orthopedic conditions, from broken bones and concussions to complex conditions like cerebral palsy. Our team delivers family-centered care through more than 12 specialized programs and five clinics, at several locations throughout our region.

We create age-appropriate solutions that complement and grow with your child. Special resources, like the Center for Gait and Movement Analysis, also mean we’re able to offer different therapies and treatments than other children’s hospitals.



Setting the standard of care for Pediatric Orthopedics

At Children’s Colorado, we are entirely focused on helping your child be his or her best, and we have been for years. Here are some highlights from the Orthopedics Institute’s history:

  • Our Adaptive Recreation for Child Health program, established in the 1960s and one of the first programs of its kind in the world, helps kids with physical disabilities learn to ski, snowboard and participate in year-round recreation activities.
  • Established in 1999, the Center for Gait and Movement Analysis is the only center of its kind in our region, and just one of 40 in the country, offering 3D motion capture technology to facilitate treatment planning and evaluation.
  • Our team is also actively involved in research, currently overseeing more than 35 studies in areas like biomechanics.

Teenage athlete Erin, who tore her ACL, hears about what she can expect on her ACL surgery and recovery journey.

The Connection Journey: Healing the Whole Athlete

Carolyn knows the challenge of sports injury recovery. She tore her ACL last year, but is now back on the field and sharing her journey with another family.

Here, it’s different.™

Children's Colorado in the news

The Holyoke Enterprise

Adaptive Equipment Enables Skiing for Local Tech-Lover

Katie Gerk, 19, was born with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, but that has not stopped her from skiing multiple seasons at Winter Park. Gerk is in the hospital's Adaptive Recreation for Childhood Health (ARCH) program, which began in 1968 as a way for kids with amputations to get involved with skiing. Since, the program has expanded to provide recreational resources for individuals with a wide range of medical conditions. Frank Chang, MD, orthopedic surgeon and medical director of the Center for Gait and Movement Analysis, is highlighted.

9News

3D-Printed Spine Helps Girl with Scoliosis be More Active

Children’s Colorado was the first pediatric facility to use 3D-printed FIREFLY technology to treat scoliosis. Orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Sumeet Garg performed the surgery on 13-year-old Jocelynn Taylor, who had a spine curvature over 100 degrees. Dr. Garg examined a 3D-printed replica of Jocelynn’s spine prior to surgery and connected rods to Jocelynn's spine with 3D-printed brackets during surgery.

9News

Using Magnets to Elongate Surgically-Implanted Spines

10-year-old Ryan Viano had severe scoliosis as a result of spinal muscular atrophy. To lengthen Ryan's spine without continued surgeries, Ryan and family turned to orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Sumeet Garg to bracket magnetically-controlled growth rods to Ryan's spine. The procedure was the first of its kind to be done at Children's Colorado and offers great promise for those with severe scoliosis.


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