Children's Hospital Colorado

Pediatric Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Research at the Orthopedics Institute

Our Orthopedic Institute team uses research findings and technological innovations to advance how we care for kids with orthopedic conditions. We search for ways to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic injury, disease and deformity.

Research article

Injuries to a child's growth plate – areas of growth on a bone – can heal, but some bones may seal off from future growth. To prevent that, researchers at Children's Colorado are working on new growth plate regeneration involving stem cells.

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Research summary
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Research summary

Orthopedics and rehabilitation advancements

We take a comprehensive approach to researching pediatric orthopedic issues. Our Institute is comprised of highly organized, collaborative programs that focus on hip, spine, hand, trauma, neuromuscular issues, musculoskeletal tumors and sports medicine.

"There's a difference between getting someone back to their daily life fast and back to their daily life safely. We do what’s right for the long run so that our patients can have long active lives."
Stephanie Mayer, MD

Orthopedic professional education videos

In these short videos, our pediatric orthopedic experts offer insights into the advanced treatments and specialized clinical care they provide at our hospital.

What our orthopedic research means for kids

The scientists at Children's Colorado use several types of research to improve orthopedic treatments. We're focused on understanding the biological causes of conditions and testing new therapies, treatments and medications to see if they offer better outcomes than current standards of care. We study and seek the next innovations in a variety of clinical areas:

  • General orthopedics: This team investigates orthopedic conditions including clubfoot, hip dysplasia, spinal deformities and fractures, with an emphasis on improving quality outcomes.
  • Hand and upper extremity: We evaluate topics including congenital hand differences, hand and forearm surgical outcomes. We're focused on personalizing treatment for every child's unique healing trajectory.
  • Hip preservation: We're currently examining patient predisposition, long-term effects and progression of hip conditions, and effective interventions to extend preservation of hip function and cartilage.
  • Neuromuscular: We focus on the hips and lower extremities. Our research involves prospective and retrospective studies examining surgical outcomes. We're working to refine surgical intervention and improve results of orthopedic procedures.
  • Spine: Our physicians and nurses research how to improve quality and safety outcomes, including the use of non-invasive treatments such as bracing, casting and observation before surgery becomes an option.
  • Sports medicine: Our researchers aim to reduce risk of pediatric and adolescent athletic injuries, and to improve treatment outcomes. Our projects include retrospective outcomes studies, prospective randomized treatment protocols and observational assessments.
  • Trauma: Our team focuses on the management of complex orthopedic conditions that are caused by traumatic accidents. We're specifically interested in the treatment of fractures, limb deformities, musculoskeletal infections and acute sports-related injuries.
  • Tumor: The orthopedic tumor team studies the development, quality of life and treatment outcomes for patients experiencing cancer of the musculoskeletal system. Our goal is to improve functional ability and patient satisfaction as a result of innovative surgical interventions.

Learn more about the Orthopedics Institute.

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