Pediatric Orthopedics
​If your child has a musculoskeletal condition or injury, you will be glad to know that Emerson Hospital is home to the region’s only fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeon.  

This means you have close-to-home access to advanced expertise for diagnosing and treating a wide range of childhood orthopedic conditions.

The conditions our pediatric orthopedic surgeon sees

Our pediatric orthopedic specialist sees children from birth to young adulthood with such conditions as:
  • Fractures (children’s growing bones heal differently than adult bones)
  • Athletic injuries (including overuse syndromes)
  • Scoliosis (side-to-side curvature of the spine)
  • Back pain and spondylosis (spinal stress fracture)
  • Foot and ankle injuries and deformities
  • Knee pain and injuries including ACL rupture
  • Hand and finger injuries

Comprehensive orthopedic care for children 

Among the services offered by our pediatric orthopedic surgeon are:
  • Treatment of complex upper and lower extremity fractures
  • Management of athletic injuries and overuse syndromes
  • Management of adolescent scoliosis and spine conditions

Specialty orthopedic care tailored to children’s needs

At Emerson Hospital, we understand that children are best taken care of by pediatric specialists. Children and adolescents have injuries and recoveries which are often very different from adult injuries and recoveries. Our pediatric orthopedic surgeon knows how to examine and treat children in a way to help them be relaxed and cooperative, and knows how to communicate with anxious parents. And for those younger kids who cannot always effectively communicate what is bothering them or answer medical questions, our pediatric specialist is able to provide a diagnosis and treatment plan based on years of training and experience interacting with patients and diagnosing pediatric injuries.

Our pediatric orthopedic surgeon works closely with Emerson Hospital’s orthopedic rehabilitation care team, a specialized group of physical and occupational therapists who specialize in the treatment of children with orthopedic and athletic injuries.  Many of our therapists are highly specialized in treating athletes with sports specific injuries such as dancers, gymnasts, weightlifters, baseball and softball players, and children with back injuries.  Athletic injuries in children are treated different than adults, and our pediatric orthopedic surgeon will work with your rehabilitation team to make sure you receive the appropriate sports and injury specific treatment.

It is also important to know that when diagnostic imaging using X-rays is required, Emerson Hospital embraces the national “Image Gently” guidelines, always using the safest possible child-sized radiation dose, in addition to reducing the overall number of images taken over the course of treatment.

In addition, we have a Pediatric Intervention Team (PIT) that supports the Emerson Hospital emergency department, operating room, and pediatric floor. The Pediatric Intervention Team is available to help ease the fears of children and their families before examinations and procedures, in preparation for surgery, during recovery, and throughout hospitalization.

Holistic Care of Young Athletes

Read Olivia's Story

Olivia loves sports. Her favorite thing is to make memories with her twin sister and friends playing basketball and soccer in their hometown of Hudson. But Olivia’s athleticism was on the brink of coming to a halt in February 2019 when she broke her finger during basketball practice. With help from Emerson and Orthopedic Affiliates, her care team has put her back on a path to thrive both on and off the court.