Orthopedics

A pediatric orthopedist helps a child

Nemours is one of the largest and most widely respected pediatric orthopedic programs in the United States, and our orthopedic expertise is recognized throughout the world. As an international leader in the field of orthopedics for kids, we provide comprehensive care for children with bone, joint, muscular and nerve conditions.

 
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The term “ortho” means to correct or straighten. At Nemours, our pediatric orthopedic specialists recognize and treat neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions as early in your child’s life as possible. We’re here to help restore function and improve quality of life — and get kids back to being kids, no matter what medical condition they’re dealing with.

Since 1940, Nemours has been setting the standards for orthopedic procedures for children who were either born with bone, joint, muscular and nerve conditions, or who develop these conditions because of disease or injury.

We treat kids with all types of orthopedic conditions — regardless of how simple or complex their condition (and their care) might be. Some of the many conditions we treat include:

  • cerebral palsy
  • skeletal dysplasia
  • bone tumors
  • limb length discrepancies
  • scoliosis
  • spinal dysfunction
  • sports injuries

Whatever pediatric orthopedic condition or injury your child might have, know that we offer comprehensive, compassionate care — and treat every child as we would our own.

Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando


13535 Nemours Parkway
Orlando, FL 32827
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Clinic Location: 5th Floor

For Appointments: (407) 650-7715

Black & Blue Clinic at Nemours Children's Hospital

Walk-in Orthopedic Urgent Care
Convenient access to expert treatment for orthopedic injuries for kids and teens. No appointment necessary.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to noon. Through December 20.

 
What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
 
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Our pediatric orthopedists at Nemours Children's Hospital are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic conditions and injuries in children of all ages. From simple fractures or broken bones to complex pediatric neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions, our pediatric orthopedic team is dedicated to recognizing and treating these problems as early as possible. Our goal is always to improve your child’s quality of life — and to help kids get back to being kids.

Working Together to Provide Personalized Pediatric Orthopedic Care

At Nemours, we treat the whole child not just the condition. Because pediatric orthopedic conditions and injuries can affect kids in many ways, we rely on not just our expert pediatric orthopedists but utilize a team approach that combines the expertise of our pediatric specialists throughout Nemours. As a true children's hospital, we can connect children and families to all the specialists they need including:

We believe in family-centered care and want you to be an active participant in the decision-making, care, and healing process for your child. And if your child's treatment requires surgery or an overnight stay at Nemours Children’s Hospital, we’ll help make your family’s experience as easy and stress-free as possible.

 
What to Expect on Your First Pediatric Orthopedic Visit

Your first trip to our pediatric orthopedic clinic, (located on the 5th floor of Nemours Children's Hospital) is usually a comprehensive diagnostic visit. Please allow 1 to 2 hours for this visit, which may include:

  • a thorough review of your child's medical and family history
  • a review of previous medical records and X-rays
  • a detailed physical examination by a pediatric orthopedist, including many measurements
  • an assessment of range of joint motions and the relative length of the limb segments

Often, we can give you a specific diagnosis in this initial evaluation. But some conditions can take time to diagnose, so we may need to do further evaluation before we can pinpoint the problem. Once we’ve made a specific diagnosis, we’ll tailor the treatment and management strategies to meet the needs of your child and your family.

In addition to medical care and specialist referrals, we’ll make sure your child gets emotional and psychological support to help cope with and manage the condition or injury. We’ll also arrange for genetic counseling and therapy, as well as rehabilitation services, if needed.

 
Connecting With Your Child’s Primary Care Physician

We believe that one of the best ways to advance medicine to benefit children is through collaboration. We work closely with physicians in the community to triage their cases, offer expert diagnostics, and help to send patients to the right place for treatment.

NemoursOne, our electronic health record (EHR) is a secure, online environment that connects all phases of care for a child — inpatient, outpatient, at home, and at the referring physician's office. Using a special physician portal, primary care and referring physicians can securely access information about the care provided by the Nemours medical team and monitor a child’s progress any time, day, or night.

 
Leading the Way: Nemours’ Long History With Pediatric Orthopedics

Nemours' distinguished reputation didn’t happen overnight. We've been setting the standard for pediatric orthopedic care since 1940, when Alfred I. duPont's philanthropic vision was first realized through the creation of the duPont Institute in Delaware — a place which, for 40 years, was devoted entirely to pediatric orthopedics and led by renowned pediatric orthopedists in the developing field.

Since then, the hospital has grown and so has our program. We’ve further fulfilled the vision of Alfred I. duPont by expanding our geographic reach for orthopedics for kids through Nemours Children’s Clinic locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida — and now, in the new Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Florida.

Together, we share a commitment to offering procedural and technological excellence and the latest in clinical research and training. When you choose Nemours for your child’s orthopedic care, know that you’re choosing the most advanced, highest quality care available. Whatever kind of pediatric orthopedic problem your family is facing, Nemours specialists will do whatever it takes to give your child the very best, most comprehensive, and compassionate care available.


Our Areas of Pediatric Orthopedics Expertise

Our pediatric orthopedists and pediatric orthopedic teams treat children with all kinds of conditions and injuries related to the bones, joints, muscles, and nerves.

 
Club Foot Clinic

In our special clinic for children with clubfoot (where one or both feet are deformed or twisted inwards), we use the minimally invasive Ponseti method to treat this congenital (present from birth) condition. Traditional treatment for children with clubfoot has involved extensive surgery to release all the ligaments and tendons around the foot, often resulting in stiffness and pain as the child grows.

Studies have shown that almost all feet can be corrected using the less invasive Ponseti method of casting clubfeet. Especially effective when used early, the average cast treatment lasts 2-3 months, is not painful for the child, and seems to help avoid some of the long-term issues of scarring and stiffness. Our pediatric orthopedic specialist is highly experienced in using the Ponseti method and shares best practices with physicians around the country.

 
Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Clinic

The Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction clinic at Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando offers surgical treatments for the correction of upper and lower-limb deformities and injuries in children and adolescents. The Center helps kids with orthopedic issues due to trauma, birth defects, infections or short stature. Conditions we treat include:

  • bowlegs (genu varum, Blount disease) and knock-knees (genuvalgum)
    growth plate injuries
  • leg length discrepancy
  • congenital limb deformities (fibula hemimelia, congenital short femur,
    radial clubhand, clubfoot, etc.)
  • upper extremity deformity (Madelung disease, cubitus varus, multiple
    hereditary exostoses)
  • short stature (skeletal dysplasias, growth hormone patients)
  • fracture malunions or nonunions
 
Skeletal Dysplasias Clinic

Skeletal dysplasias are a group of conditions characterized by abnormalities in the growth, development, shape, or integrity of the bones and cartilage. Skeletal dysplasias can lead to a wide variety of medical problems, but the most common feature among them is dwarfism. Our goal is to maximize your child’s mobility, correct deformity, and prevent future complications.

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Muscular Dystrophy Clinic

Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a genetic disorder that gradually weakens the body's muscles. In our Muscular Dystrophy Clinic, we have a multi-disciplinary team that includes experts from orthopedics, neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and genetics — all working together to help improve your child’s muscle and joint function and slow muscle deterioration. We want to help children with MD live as actively and independently as possible.

 
Additional Areas of Specialized Expertise
  • arthrogryposis (a condition, which develops before birth, of the joints and muscles that impairs a child’s ability to use the shoulders, wrists, fingers, and lower extremities)
  • bone tumors (that may be benign/non-cancerous or malignant/cancerous, though benign tumors are more common)
  • cerebral palsy (a condition caused by abnormalities in the parts of the brain that control muscle movement)
  • management of complex fractures (broken bones), including growth
    plate fractures
  • muscular dystrophy (a genetic disease characterized by increasing weakness of the muscles)
  • orthotics (braces and other supports for bone, muscle, and joint conditions)
  • osteogenesis imperfecta (also known as brittle bone disease, a
    genetic disorder in which bones break easily, often from little or no apparent cause)
  • prosthetics (artificial extension that replaces a part of the body)
  • residual effects of injuries or infections
  • scoliosis (when a child’s spine curves from side to side, like an “S” or a “C”) and other spinal deformities)
  • spina bifida (a congenital condition that involves the incomplete development of the spinal cord or its coverings)
  • sports medicine injuries

A Hospital Designed by Families, for Families

At Nemours Children’s Hospital, family-centered care is at the heart of everything we do. In fact, families helped shape the unique amenities and convenient services that make our hospital like no other in the region.

 
If Your Child Needs to Stay Overnight in Our Hospital

You’ll feel right at home in one of our private patient rooms designed with input from families who know what it’s like to have a child in the hospital.

Our large, comfortable, single-patient rooms have sleeping accommodations for two parents, a private bathroom, wireless Internet access, connections for DVD players and game systems, and two flat-screen TVs.

Other in-room features include:
  • full floor-to-ceiling windows for natural light
  • refrigerator for family meals and snacks
  • wardrobe storage for personal items and a hotel-style safe
  • GetWellNetwork interactive television (uniquely based on your child’s age, medical condition and more) and allows your child to watch TV, surf the Web, check e-mail, play music and games, and learn about your Nemours health care team.

Our “hospital within a garden” setting features many places for you and your family to go for fresh air and relaxation, including a one-acre interactive sensory discovery garden or one of our rooftop gardens on the second and fourth floors.

We have many more comforts and amenities such as:
  • complimentary valet and parking
  • kid-friendly commons areas for siblings
  • café and coffee shop
  • nondenominational chapel
  • concierge services

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Advanced Pediatric Medical Imaging Services Available Onsite

If your child needs medical imaging, we offer some of the area’s most advanced pediatric radiology services here on campus at Nemours
Children’s Hospital.

Our unique services include:
  • interventional radiology: Our team of experts uses image guidance to diagnose and treat diseases and tumors throughout the body. Certain conditions that previously required open surgery can now be treated by Nemours pediatric interventional radiologists. We are very fortunate to have the only dual-trained pediatric diagnostic and interventional radiologist in the state.
  • neuroradiological or cardiovascular imaging, and fetal MRI (magnetic resonance imaging): Our subspecialty-trained pediatric radiologists see children with complex conditions who require this highly specialized imaging.
  • Central Florida’s only 256-slice Brilliance iCT Scanner: We are one of only a handful of children’s hospitals in the country to have this latest generation CAT (or CT) scanner that scans faster than most machines and produces excellent images in a much shorter time with much less radiation exposure for the child.

Our team of board-certified pediatric radiologists and pediatric radiologic technologists are experts in the safe medical imaging of children of every age, even newborns.

We have also pledged our commitment to the “Image Gently” campaign of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, which is increasing awareness of the opportunities to promote radiation protection in the imaging of children.

Learn More About Medical Imaging at Nemours Children's Hospital »

 
Family-Centered Care Means We're Here for You

At Nemours, we want to hear your concerns and share with you everything we can about your child's condition and treatment. If English is not your first language, we'll make sure you understand what to expect — in your language.

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With Your Family From Clinic or Hospital to Home: KidsTRACK

If your child has a complex or chronic condition we encourage you to take advantage of KidsTRACK, a unique service of Nemours Children’s Hospital. Located on the first floor of our hospital, KidsTRACK is designed to help families by providing expert assistance and information on all aspects of your child’s care, even before you leave our hospital or clinic.

A KidsTRACK care coordinator is available during every step of diagnosis, treatment and healing — helping your family make a smooth transition from Nemours Children's Hospital to home. Your coordinator works alongside the nursing/case managers in our subspecialty areas and acts as a single point of contact connecting you to medical and community resources.

Simply ask your physician for a referral to KidsTRACK
or call (407) 650-7715.

Learn More About KidsTRACK at Nemours Children's Hospital »

Black & Blue Clinic at Nemours Children's Hospital

Walk-in Orthopedic Urgent Care
Convenient access to expert treatment for orthopedic injuries for kids and teens. No appointment necessary.

Saturdays: 9 a.m. to noon
Through December 20.