Overview

Overview

At Cleveland Clinic, our pediatric orthopaedic specialists are dedicated to helping children and adolescents return to an active lifestyle. Our team works hand-in-hand with experts from Cleveland Clinic Children’s – including physical therapists, child life specialists, and pediatric anesthesiologists, rheumatolo­gists and neurologists – to accurately diagnose your child’s condition and develop the most appropriate treatment plan.

If your child is experiencing a joint, muscle or bone problem, it is important to bring it to the attention of your pediatrician or seek help from an orthopaedic specialist.

We understand that children are not just small adults. Our staff feels strongly that the care of children’s orthopae­dic problems differs immensely from adult orthopaedics – and we treat our patients according to their age, development and size. We pay special attention not only to their medical and/or surgical needs, but also the relationships among the caregiver, child and his or her family.

If you are already in an emergency room setting, request that your child be seen by a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon.

Fractures

Fractures

Fractures are perhaps the leading reason for referral to pediatric orthopaedic surgeons. Fractures in children are extremely common and, fortunately, most are treated exceptionally well with standard techniques.

Despite the relatively straightforward nature of fracture treatment in children, the growing skeleton presents unique challenges to the treating physician.

Other fractures in children are treated well with brief cast im­mobilization. The length of time needed to heal fractures in children is often less than a comparable fracture in an adult.

Not only do children’s fractures heal more quickly than adults, they have the unique capacity to ‘remodel,’ or grow straighter with time. Consequently, perfect alignment is not always essen­tial, and in some cases is detrimental to the final outcome.

While most children’s fractures can be managed without surgery, operative treatment provides superior outcomes in select injuries. Fractures that typically do better with operative treatment include open or compound fractures, displaced growth plate fractures, and fractures that involve the surface of a joint.

Pediatric Fracture Appointments

If this is an emergency, call 9-1-1, go immediately to the closest emergency department or an Ortho Express Care clinic.

Access care by orthopaedic physicians experienced with treating pediatric fractures.

Get care as soon as possible with online pediatric scheduling. With our convenient web-based scheduling tool, you can make your own appointment for the time and day that works best for you.

Requirements for this program include:

  • Patients 18 yrs. and younger
  • An X-ray showing a fracture or "broken bone"
  • Fracture of the upper or lower extremity (arm, hand shoulder, foot, hip, leg)

Visit Clevelandclinic.org/pediatricfractures to schedule an appointment. Find Xray locations near you.

If there are no appointments available, call 216.444.2606 or 866.275.7496 to schedule with a pediatric orthopaedic specialist.

Learn more about care before and after a fracture.

What We Treat

What We Treat

Shoulder

Elbow

Hip

Spine

Knee

Ankle & Foot

Our Doctors

Our Doctors

Appointments

Appointments

To make an appointment with any of our pediatric orthopaedic specialists, please call our Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at 216.444.2606 (local) or 800.223.2273 ext 42606 (toll-free).

Pediatric Fracture Care

  • Schedule an appointment with a pediatric orthpaedic specialist quickly and easily online, for the time that works best for you. If your child is between the ages of 2-18 and you have an x-ray of a fracture or broken bone , use our web-based scheduling tool to receive the care needed. Or call 216.444.2606,
  • Find an Xray location or call 866.320.4573 to speak with a Cleveland Clinic representative who will order an Xray and schedule an appointment with a pediatric orthopaedic specialist.

Pediatric Fracture Appointments

If this is an emergency, call 9-1-1, go immediately to the closest emergency department or an Ortho Express Care clinic.

Access care by orthopaedic physicians experienced with treating pediatric fractures.

Get care as soon as possible with online pediatric scheduling. With our convenient web-based scheduling tool, you can make your own appointment for the time and day that works best for you.

Requirements for this program include:

  • Patients 18 yrs. and younger
  • An X-ray showing a fracture or "broken bone"
  • Fracture of the upper or lower extremity (arm, hand shoulder, foot, hip, leg)

Visit Clevelandclinic.org/pediatricfractures to schedule an appointment. Find an Xray location near you. 

If there are no appointments available, call 216.444.2606 or 866.275.7496 to schedule with a pediatric orthopaedic specialist.