No bones about it: the best in orthopedics

At Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, our orthopedic surgeons treat a wide range of pediatric and adolescent orthopedic conditions, including congenital (from birth) conditions, sports-related injuries, bone tumors, bone infections and other issues. Some of the most common conditions treated at Children’s are:

  • Common foot deformities—such as club foot or cavus foot
  • Upper and lower extremity injuries—Sprains, strains, fractures, dislocations and problems with the ligaments, tendons, cartilage or bone
  • Fractures—A break in bone or cartilage
  • Gait abnormalities—Problems with walking
  • Hip dysplasia—A condition in which parts of the hip joint aren’t properly formed
  • Knee injuries—Problems with the ligaments, cartilage or bone in the knees
    • Meniscus cartilage tears—Tears in the cartilage between the thighbones and shinbones
    • Osteochondral defect (OCD)—Damage to the articular cartilage and underlying bone;
      can affect the elbow, knee or ankle
    • Patellar instability—When the kneecap does not stay within its groove in the knee
  • Lower extremity alignment issues—Legs that are bowlegged (when feet are together, knees don’t touch) or knock-kneed (when knees are together, feet don’t touch)

Specialized services

In addition to the general orthopedic conditions we treat, we specialize in areas such as hand surgery and sports medicine. Our hand surgery expert is Amy Moeller, MD, who focuses on infants to teens with acute chronic finger, hand and wrist conditions.We have sports medicine clinics on both our Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses, providing comprehensive care for young athletes up to age 18. The staff is led by Jamie Engels, MD, who is fellowship trained in both sports medicine and pediatric orthopedics. The team also includes physical therapists who are specifically trained to care for children. We develop individualized programs for our patients to recover from their injuries and safely return to play, recognizing the unique circumstances of the young athlete—often still growing—in returning to an active lifestyle. We also provide and implement injury prevention programs for all of our patients once they return to play so they can focus on running faster, jumping higher and throwing farther rather than worrying about another injury.

We treat acute and chronic injuries to the upper and lower extremities as well as many other conditions and injuries related to overuse or chronic disease in the young athlete, including:

  • Sports medicine clinic
    • ACL tear—Injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee
    • MCL tear—Injury to the medial collateral ligament, a band of tissue on the inside of the knee
    • Knee ligament strain
    • Knee cartilage tear
    • Elbow injuries
    • Shoulder tendon tear/instability/dislocation
    • Osteochondral defect (OCD) of elbow, knee, or ankle—Damage to the articular cartilage and underlying bone

And as an organization dedicated to family-centered care, we offer many child and family services and resources, such as interpretive services.

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