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Children's Orthopedics in Connecticut

childrens orthoBecause children are still growing, treating them requires specialized care. OrthoConnecticut provides world-class pediatric orthopedics, sports medicine, orthopedic surgery, and rehabilitation to meet the unique needs of children.

As orthopedic surgeons and specialists, we provide quality care to help children stay in motion with less difficulty and less pain.

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Pediatric Orthopedic Programs and Services

Our team is committed to providing personalized orthopedic care that helps every child get back on their feet quickly and safely.

Our orthopedic experts are here to help your child with both common and complex conditions involving bones, joints, muscles, tendons or ligaments. You will find individualized care for your child by our specialists for:

  • Pediatric Orthopedics
  • Pediatric Sports Medicine
  • Urgent Care


Conditions and Injuries Treated

We understand that every child is different, so we work hard to tailor our treatment plans to match your child's needs. Our team is committed to providing personalized orthopedic care that helps every child get back on their feet quickly and safely.


Common Pediatric Orthopedic Conditions Treated

  • Broken bones (fractures)
  • Scoliosis
  • Dislocations
  • Sports injuries
  • Conditions requiring orthotic braces or prosthetic limbs
  • Ligament Injuries
  • Spinal deformity in children with Myelomeningocele

Children's Sports Medicine

Our Sports Medicine team focuses on the prevention of sports injuries and ensuring your child is given the best chance at a long and healthy life through active lifestyles, injury prevention, and rehabilitation from injury.


Pediatric Urgent Care

In our urgent care setting, OrthoCare Express, we provide a higher level of service for emergencies than you would find at a typical pediatrician's office! Our expert orthopedic doctors provide prompt diagnosis and treatment for fractures, strains, sprains, and injuries. We offer same-day appointments with your specialist or walk-in availability for immediate treatment.

Pediatric Orthopedic Conditions and Treatment Frequently Asked Questions

If your child has a persistent musculoskeletal issue, you should take them to see an orthopedist who has experience working with children. Your primary pediatrician will be able to help you determine if the help of an orthopedic specialist is necessary. Many parents confuse normal growing pains with orthopedic problems, so be sure to let your pediatrician know what your child’s symptoms are so they can help guide you.

We generally advise you to consult with your pediatrician before seeking the help of an orthopedic surgeon, as your pediatrician can help differentiate normal growing pains from deeper orthopedic issues. If the recommendation is to see an orthopedic  specialist, check with your insurance provider. Some insurance companies will require a referral from your pediatrician to see a specialist. 

The simple answer is no. Generally, X-rays are not needed prior to seeing an orthopedic specialist. Our physicians have deep knowledge of the musculoskeletal issues children face and are attuned to the normal markers of children’s bone and joint development. They will prescribe any necessary X-rays once they have had a chance to evaluate the patient during an office visit.

Same-day appointments for injuries or possible fractures are available at OrthoConnecticut. Walk-in appointments are available, through our OrthoCare Express service, for emergencies including severe fractures or injury. Please call our office for more information at 1-833-MYORTHO. 

A bone scan is sometimes used to determine your child’s cause of bone pain. This type of exam checks the entire skeleton looking for fractures, infections, cancers, or other diseases related to the bone. Your physician will discuss with you whether or not a bone scan is indicated. 

Bone scans utilize nuclear imaging, which follows radioactive substances, called radiotracers, that are injected into the veins. After the injection, a physician uses a small camera to take images and see the structure of your child’s bones. 

Most images in a bone scan are taken two to four hours after injecting radiotracers, but some may be taken right away. From injection until the end of the scan, the total time for your child’s bone scan will be between three-and-five hours, though the scan itself may only take 30 minutes to an hour. 

The best way to keep your child still for a medical test is to prepare them ahead of time. Use simple terms to explain what will happen during the test, and be honest and reassuring when you tell them. If you help them understand what to expect, they’ll be less fidgety during their appointment. You can even practice taking the test at your home by acting it out with them. 

If your child has special needs, let us know, and we will work with you to discuss the best way to prepare and comfort your child throughout the test.

If your child is in pain, seek an evaluation from your pediatrician as soon as possible. Your pediatrician will guide you as to next steps. They may refer you to an orthopedic surgeon who can do many things to assist children who have pain or have complex musculoskeletal issues. Common pediatric orthopedic issues that our specialists treat include:

  • Scoliosis
  • Broken bones
  • Joint or bone infections
  • Fractures
  • Nerve problems
  • Deformities
  • Sports injuries
  • Issues walking
  • Mobility problems
  • Spinal issues
  • Ankle surgeries
  • Foot pain
  • Clubfoot

Talk to your child’s pediatrician as soon as possible about any musculoskeletal pain your child is feeling. With their recommendation, we will be glad to evaluate, diagnose and prescribe treatment to help get your child on the road to recovery.