Children's Hospital Colorado
Orthopedics Institute
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Orthopedics Institute

As a top pediatric program, we care for patients’ growing muscles, joints and bones through sports medicine, surgery, rehabilitation and research.

Pediatric Orthopedics Institute at Children’s Hospital 

The Orthopedics Institute at Children’s Colorado is consistently ranked among the top 10 pediatric orthopedic programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. We were one of six children’s hospitals in the U.S. to be recognized in 2015 on the 125 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs list by Becker’s Hospital Review. This recognition is given to programs conducting leading research and providing outstanding patient care.

7th In the Nation
Only Center for Gait and Movement Analysis in the Rocky Mountain Region
30% Shorter Hospital Length of Stays for Spinal Fusion Surgery when Compared to the State Average

These acknowledgements signify our achievement in becoming one of the only truly integrated pediatric orthopedics, orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation medicine programs in the country. This is important because treating pediatric orthopedic problems requires collaboration and care from all types of pediatric movement specialists.

Top-ranked care for bones, muscles, movement and more

We see patients with all types of orthopedic conditions, from broken bones and concussions to complex conditions like cerebral palsy. Our team delivers family-centered care through more than 12 specialized programs and five clinics, at several locations throughout our region.

Every physician, surgeon, rehabilitation specialist and nurse on our team is specially trained and has experience caring for young patients from infancy to young adulthood. This means we create age-appropriate solutions that will complement, and change with, your child’s developmental stage. Special resources, like the Center for Gait and Movement Analysis, also mean we’re able to offer different therapies and treatments than other children’s hospitals.

Setting the standard of care for Pediatric Orthopedics

At Children’s Colorado, we are entirely focused on helping your child be his or her best, and we have been for years. Here are some highlights from the Orthopedics Institute’s history:

  • Our Adaptive Recreation for Child Health program, established in the 1960s and one of the first programs of its kind in the world, helps kids with physical disabilities learn to ski, snowboard and participate in year-round recreation activities.
  • Established in 1999, the Center for Gait and Movement Analysis is the only center of its kind in our region, and just one of 40 in the country, offering 3D motion capture technology to facilitate treatment planning and evaluation.
  • Our team is also actively involved in research, currently overseeing more than 35 studies in areas like biomechanics.

Here, it’s different.™

Children’s Colorado in the news

The Holyoke Enterprise

Adaptive Equipment Enables Skiing for Local Tech-Lover

Katie Gerk, 19, was born with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, but that has not stopped her from skiing multiple seasons at Winter Park. Gerk is in the hospital's Adaptive Recreation for Childhood Health (ARCH) program, which began in 1968 as a way for kids with amputations to get involved with skiing. Since, the program has expanded to provide recreational resources for individuals with a wide range of medical conditions. Frank Chang, MD, orthopedic surgeon and medical director of the Center for Gait and Movement Analysis, is highlighted.


3D-Printed Spine Helps Girl with Scoliosis be More Active

Children’s Colorado was the first pediatric facility to use 3D-printed FIREFLY technology to treat scoliosis. Orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Sumeet Garg performed the surgery on 13-year-old Jocelynn Taylor, who had a spine curvature over 100 degrees. Dr. Garg examined a 3D-printed replica of Jocelynn’s spine prior to surgery and connected rods to Jocelynn's spine with 3D-printed brackets during surgery.


Using Magnets to Elongate Surgically-Implanted Spines

10-year-old Ryan Viano had severe scoliosis as a result of spinal muscular atrophy. To lengthen Ryan's spine without continued surgeries, Ryan and family turned to orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Sumeet Garg to bracket magnetically-controlled growth rods to Ryan's spine. The procedure was the first of its kind to be done at Children's Colorado and offers great promise for those with severe scoliosis.