Children's Hospital Colorado

Orthopedics Research

Research article

Researchers in the Orthopedics Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado found that posterior spinal fusion patients may reach physical therapy goals sooner if they take Gabapentin as part of their post-surgery pain management plan.


When you come to the Orthopedics Institute, you know your child is receiving the most advanced care possible. It’s also important to know that in addition to offering state-of-the-art treatments today, every member of our team is focused on improving the treatments and therapies we’ll use in the future.

Our team uses several types of research, including basic, translational and clinical research:

  • Basic research focuses on understanding things like the biological causes of a certain condition, such as cerebral palsy.
  • Translational research takes a scientific (or laboratory) idea and makes it applicable in the medical setting.
  • Clinical research involves testing things like new therapies, treatments or drugs with patients to see if they offer better outcomes than the current standard of care.

Areas of research within the Orthopedics Institute

We focus on several research areas within the Orthopedics Institute, including:

  • Gait and movement
  • Hip impingement
  • Scoliosis
  • Spine
  • Sports medicine
  • Traumatic brain injury

Our research has changed the way we deliver care

Many of our clinical research studies have already led to changes and improvements in treatment.

  • The Center for Gait and Movement Analysis uses 3-D motion capture technology to determine if patients will benefit from specific surgeries. The technology is now an integral part of pre- and post-operative evaluations.
  • Orthopedic oncology specialists offer a variety of limb-sparing surgeries, the Van Ness procedure and clinical trials that result in optimal outcomes and improved quality of life.
  • Our spine team developed and documented a process to care for high-risk pediatric spine surgery patients that improved outcomes and decreased patients’ length of stay. This approach is serving a model for other programs within the Orthopedics Institute and across the country.

Biometrics of Sports Performance and Training: The BRICK Program

The Center for Gait and Movement Analysis (CGMA) is using 3-D motion capture in a new way through the BRICK Program. Working with our sports medicine team, the CGMA staff can analyze an athlete’s movements to suggest injury prevention and performance-enhancement tips.

A spine the size of your hand

Hunter's congenital scoliosis had compressed his spinal cord, which would have eventually led to paralysis. Spinal fusion was his best option, but the risks were high.

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.


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.