Every Child Diagnosed With an Orthopedic Problem is Treated With an Individualized Plan

About Our Orthopedics Department

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Whether it’s a baby with a congenital condition, or a teenager with a sports-related injury, our 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.

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Key Programs

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Hand and Upper Extremity Program

Children who are born with hand or upper extremity differences or experience a traumatic injury face unique challenges. Our Hand and Upper Extremity Program is one of the few in the US that includes Orthopedic Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, offering a comprehensive approach to upper extremity care.

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Hip Program

The dedicated Hip Program focuses on using the latest treatments and techniques that ensures every measure is used to preserve hip function, reduce pain and support healthy joint growth in patients diagnosed with the most complex conditions related to the hip.

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Center for Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction

Our center treats children and adolescents with all types of limb length discrepancies and limb deformities including congenital, developmental or post-traumatic limb deformities.

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Musculoskeletal Oncology Program

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.

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Spine Program

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.

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Sports Medicine

Our orthopaedic and sports medicine teams have collaborated to create a patient care environment focused on returning young athletes to pre-injury activity levels safely and quickly, creating treatment and rehabilitation plans that meet the unique needs of maturing bones.

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Trauma Program

The trauma team includes experts in orthopaedic surgery, working closely with emergency department physicians to assess and prioritize multi-injury issues.

Now Offering Appointments within 24 hours for Orthopedic Injuries

If your child has experienced an orthopedic injury, such as a broken bone, Nationwide Children’s Orthopedics department offers appointments within 24 hours Monday-Friday, to make sure your child gets the follow up care they need in the time they need it.

Our Orthopedics team includes surgeons, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses who provide expert, individualized care for each child. 


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Kevin E. Klingele

Kevin E. Klingele, MD is the Chief of Orthopedics.

Billy C

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Name: Billy C.
Age Today: 17 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.

Maureen C

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Name: Maureen C.
Condition(s): Scoliosis
Age Today: 19 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.

Gunner M

Read Gunner's Story

Name: Gunner M.
Condition(s): Spinal Muscular Atrophy SMA
Age Today: 5 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.

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Patient Story

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.