Every Child Diagnosed With an Orthopedic Problem is Treated With an Individualized Plan
About Our Orthopedics Department
As one of the 10 best pediatric orthopedic programs in the country, our specialists provide expert care for a wide variety of orthopedic conditions for pediatric, adolescent and young adult patients. Our nationally recognized experts treat children of all ages and orthopedic conditions, ranging from a baby with a congenital condition, to a teenager with scoliosis or an athletic injury, to a young adult with a limb length discrepancy, and everyone in between.
We specialize in diagnosing, evaluating and treating problems of the musculoskeletal system. Our specialized programs provide comprehensive care for trauma and fractures as well as complex conditions such as congenital hand/arm differences, hip preservation, limb lengthening and reconstruction, musculoskeletal oncology, spine conditions and adaptive sports medicine. Additionally, our pediatric orthopedic experts conduct clinical and basic-science research studies to advance the safety and quality of pediatric orthopedic surgery.
Annually, we conduct approximately 40,000 patient visits and perform over 2,700 surgeries. We collaborate with Physical and Occupational Therapy, Sports Medicine and other specialties to provide comprehensive care. Through interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation, every child receives individualized care and thorough evaluation to determine their best course of treatment.
Children who are born with hand or upper extremity differences or experience a traumatic injury face unique challenges. Our program is one of the few in the US that includes Orthopedic Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, offering a comprehensive approach.
The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Hip Preservation focuses on the latest science in hip care. We aim to preserve the native hip by offering comprehensive care plans, both surgical and nonsurgical, to maximize mobility and provide the best future for hip function.
Walking. Moving. Better. At the Honda Center for Gait Analysis and Mobility Enhancement, children and adults with mobility limitations, spinal conditions, neuromuscular disorders and congenital and acquired limb conditions have access to in-depth analysis of their gait and motion.
Our center treats children and adolescents with all types of limb length discrepancies and limb deformities including congenital, developmental or post-traumatic limb deformities.
Our Musculoskeletal Oncology Program focuses on innovative limb salvage strategies and ways to protect quality of life both now and in the future for our patients.
The Spine Program at Nationwide Children's focuses on managing congenital, developmental and neuromuscular-related spine conditions. Our approach provides a long-term treatment plan of surgical or non-surgical interventions that will allow for optimal skeletal growth.
Our program has a complete understanding of the young athlete. Our team works with coaches, athletic trainers, pediatricians and parents to deliver age-appropriate care to get athletes back in the game as quickly and safely as possible.
A specialized resource for young athletes with physical disabilities.
The trauma team includes experts in orthopaedic surgery, working closely with emergency department physicians to assess and prioritize multi-injury issues.
We serve patients at our main campus in Columbus, Ohio, and also in locations in the surrounding community.
- Main Operating Room (Inpatient & Outpatient)
- Main Campus Surgery Center (Outpatient)
- Westerville Surgery Center (Outpatient) Children’s Orthopedic Center
Meet Our Team
Our Orthopedics team includes surgeons, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses who provide expert, individualized care for each child.
Kevin E. Klingele, MD is the Chief of Orthopedics.
Name: Billy C.
Age Today: 19 Years
Billy was in the sixth grade when he noticed that his left foot was turning inward and that he was “walking weird.” He was later diagnosed with Legg-Perthes disease, a condition where blood flow to the hip joint is disrupted, causing the bone in the hip to become malformed and weak.
Name: Maureen C.
Age Today: 22 Years
Maureen’s yearly check-up was routine, until the spinal check. Asked to bend over, she did so freely and had no hesitation. But one side of her back was clearly raised higher than the other.
Name: Gunner M.
Condition(s): Spinal Muscular Atrophy SMA
Age Today: 8 Years
When Gunner was not quite one year old, he underwent testing at the Neurosciences Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He didn’t seem to want to “go faster” then and his mom and dad wanted to make sure everything was okay.
Meet Our Team
Our Orthopedics team specializes in diagnosing, evaluating and treating problems of the musculoskeletal system, trauma and fractures, scoliosis and other spinal abnormalities in children of all ages.
Research and Innovation
Learn about the ground-breaking work and techniques our surgeons, clinicians and researchers are investigating.
Conditions We Treat
- Blount's Disease
- Bow Legs
- Broken Bone
- Cerebral Palsy (CP)
- Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease
- Clubfoot (Talipes Equinovarus)
- Developmental Hip Dysplasia
- Hammer Toe
- High Arch
- Hip Dysplasia
- Hypermobile Joints
- Knock Knees (Genu Valgum)
- Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
- Metatarsus Adductus
- Newborn Clavicle Fractures
- Newborn Fractured Clavicle
- Osgood-Schlatter Disease
- Pes Planus
- Skeletal Limb Abnormalities
- Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis
- Smashed Fingers
- Spina Bifida and Myelomeningocele
- Spinal Injury
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy
- Webbed Fingers or Toes
Orthopedics in the News
Meet our Patients
Makya was born with with a severely deformed spine. But his 15 back surgeries haven’t stopped him from riding horses, playing baseball, running and riding his bike. He doesn’t let anything hold him back, and faces each day with courage, a smile, and a positive attitude.
Cast and Splint Care
Your child needs a cast or splint. The cast or splint keeps the injured area from moving while it heals. Movement can cause pain, delay healing or make the injury worse. Some casts are waterproof. Your doctor will tell you the type that has been put on your child.
Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction: Managing Leg Discrepancy
There are many different reasons for leg length discrepancy, but there are essentially two main causes: being born with a condition that causes one leg to grow slower than the other or an incident that affects the length of the bone or affects the growth center of the bone.
PediaCast 375: Scoliosis & EOS Imaging
Dr. Walter Samora joins Dr. Mike in the PediaCast Studio to talk about scoliosis. What causes this common condition? What symptoms result? How is it diagnosed and treated? Then we’ll explore the emerging technology of EOS imaging, which uses very low-dose radiation to create 3D pictures of the spine. We hope you can join us!