If your child has a condition or injury related to the bones, joints, muscles, tendons or ligaments, orthopedic experts at Wolfson Children's are here to provide advanced treatment and ongoing management for both common and complex conditions.
Child-sized, world-class orthopedic care
Treating children is highly specialized since little bodies are still growing. We lead the region in world-class pediatric orthopedics, sport medicine, orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation services, offering care that's geared to the unique needs of children up to age 18.
Wolfson Children's Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the 50 best children's hospitals in the nation for orthopedics.
We know kids
The pediatric-trained therapists with Wolfson Children's Hospital are experienced in many childhood medical and developmental conditions that affect a child's ability to live life to full potential. Using a team approach, we work with you, your child and other medical professionals to provide specialized care that is personalized for your child's individual needs.
Conditions we treat
- Broken bones (fractures)
- Scoliosis and other curvatures of the spine
- Sports injuries
- Bone and joint development problems
- Bone and joint infections
- Bone tumors
- Cerebral palsy
- Clubfoot and other complex foot problems
- Conditions requiring orthotic braces or prosthetic limbs
- Hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder problems or deformities
- Hip disorders
- Limb deformities
- Limb-length discrepancies
- Muscular dystrophy
- Osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease)
- Skeletal dysplasia
- Spina bifida
- Spinal muscular atrophy
If your child has a broken bone, your first stop might be at one of our Wolfson Children's ERs.
- We use the latest, safest imaging technology.
- Board-certified pediatric radiologists read every child's imaging tests for proper diagnosis and treatment.
- Our radiology team uses "Image Gently" protocols, which means we're committed to using the smallest radiation dose necessary.
Specialized Care for Growing Bones
When a break occurs, it's important to be treated by a pediatric orthopedic specialist trained to treat children's developing bones. Why? Because kids have areas of cartilage in their bones, called growth plates, that continue to expand until adulthood. If they don't heal correctly, there can be long-term problems.
- The most common broken bones in children requiring surgery are broken elbows, wrists, femurs and tibias. Sometimes, surgery involves stabilizing the broken bones with metal devices with plates and screws, pins or rods.
- Not all broken bones require surgery so Wolfson Children's specialists provide non-operative management as well. This may include casting or splinting.
Other than fractures, the most common sports injuries in middle and high schoolers are torn ACLs and dislocated kneecap. Our specialists work as a team to care for these and other sports injuries, with the goal of safely returning your child to sports and daily activities and helping prevent re-injury.
Our Wolfson Children's Spine Center offers early diagnosis, treatment and long-term management for a variety of orthopedic spine disorders including curvatures of the spine caused by scoliosis and kyphosis.
Programs and Services
Treating children is highly specialized since little bodies are still growing. That's why our orthopedic surgeons from Nemours Children's Health, Jacksonville have the highest level of pediatric orthopedic training in the area. They use the most advanced technology available in our state-of-the-art operating suites.
Pediatric Orthotics Program
Children with conditions like scoliosis, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, musculoskeletal abnormalities and sports-related injuries often use braces, splints and prosthetics to increase mobility and support. Pediatric orthotic and prosthetic specialists provide fittings, adjustments and follow-up modifications to this equipment that not only helps children heal, but also allows them to gain more function and enjoy a better quality of life. For more information, call 904.697.3600.
Some orthopedic disorders are caused by or related to a higher-than-normal degree of muscle rigidity, or spasticity, that limits limb function. Our Cerebral Palsy and Spasticity Center brings together a team of diverse specialists to evaluate and treat kids with spasticity. They collaborate to make sure every aspect of your child's condition is cared for.
Wolfson Children's Rehabilitation offers a wide range of rehab services to assess and treat orthopedic conditions and injuries in children.
At Wolfson Children's, we have many people working together to treat your child's specific needs, including experienced pediatric orthopedic specialists, orthopedic surgeons, radiologists, physiatrists, rehabilitation therapists, orthotists, prosthetists, psychologists, social workers and others.
Wolfson Children's serves children from North Florida, South Georgia and beyond. We are located on the south bank of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, and the Kids Walk connects our facilities with Nemours Children's Health for patient and family convenience.
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