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Orthopedics

Our Mission: Keep Kids Moving

When it comes to musculoskeletal care, children have specialized needs. At Connecticut Children’s, our team of pediatric providers are experts in the treatment of childhood orthopedic conditions from simple to complex, whether it’s setting broken bones or treating congenital and neuromuscular conditions affecting a child’s ability to walk and grow.

Why Connecticut Children’s?

We deliver orthopedic care the way we would to our own families, because we understand that being comfortable with your care is as important as clinical experience and expertise.

  • Our expert orthopedic providers offer walk-in and same-day appointments in Hartford and Farmington, Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Pediatric hand surgeon who exclusively treats children
  • The facility is one of only seven in the country to feature an EOS imaging system, an ultra-low-dose, 3D imaging system that uses two to three times less radiation than conventional machines while still producing high-quality, detailed images.
  • Complex spine deformity team consisting of Orthopedic Surgeons and Neurosurgeons
  • One of the nation’s premier, and Connecticut’s only, Center for Motion Analysis
  • We have surgeons who specialize in limb lengthening and limb deformity, cerebral palsy and neuromuscular disorders.
  • Only orthopedic specialists in Connecticut certified in the Ponseti method, a manipulative technique that corrects congenital clubfoot without invasive surgery
Conditions We Treat

Our collaborative multidisciplinary approach integrates the latest technology, innovation and research to produce the most accurate diagnoses and the best possible outcomes. Our mission is to keep kids moving so they can focus on being kids. Conditions we treat include:

  • Hip and other foot disorders
  • Muscle disease
  • Gait disorders
  • Fractures
  • Scoliosis and spinal deformities
  • Spina bifida

In collaboration with neurosurgery, we also evaluate and treat conditions such as:

  • Idiopathic scoliosis
  • Neuromuscular spine disease
  • Congenital spinal deformity

As a Level 1 Trauma Center, we perform more than 1,500 surgeries and see over 16,000 children and teens every year, each experiencing exceptional treatment and outcomes.

Convenient Care

We have five convenient locations specializing in orthopedics. We now offer walk-in and same-day appointments in our Hartford, Farmington and Glastonbury locations, Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Treatment Tailored to Kids

Unlike adult orthopedic departments, we use radiology equipment that emits as little radiation as possible to ensure the safety of your child, especially those with conditions such as scoliosis that require repeated imaging as part of treatment.

Our EOS x-ray machine is an ultra low-dose, 3-D imaging system that uses two to three times less radiation than conventional machines, while still producing high quality, detailed images. It has the ability to scan your child sitting or standing, the optimal position for showing their natural, weight bearing posture for us to see the interaction between the joints and the rest of the musculoskeletal system, particularly the spine.

Kid’s bones are different too. A fracture for a child is often accompanied by an injury to a growth plate, the weakest part of the skeletal system during childhood and adolescence. As many as one third of childhood fractures involve growth-plate injuries.

Growth plate fractures most often occur in these bones:

  • Thighbone (femur)
  • Lower bones of the leg (tibia and fibula)
  • Outer bone of the forearm (radius), at the wrist
  • Ankle, foot or hip bone

Specialized treatment for Spine, Hand & Hip

Spine

Our treatments for scoliosis and other spinal deformities include MAGEC growing rods, a system that uses surgically implanted magnetic rods and an external remote control to brace the spine during growth and minimize the progression of scoliosis.

Hand

Our hand surgery program is led by Sonia Chaudhry, MD, a specialist in hand and microvascular surgery, with an emphasis on congenital hand anomalies and finger injuries. She is an expert brachial plexus injuries, a highly specialized reconstruction procedure for a birth-related hand injury performed in conjunction with neurosurgery.

Hip

Complex reconstructive pelvic osteotomies such as Triple Innominate and Ganz (periacetabuar) osteotomies are performed routinely, along with hip arthroscopy. Connecticut Children’s highly skilled orthopedic surgeons take a unique approach to treat slipped capital femoral epiphysis, using a procedure offered in only a handful of children’s hospitals across the United States.

Maximizing Health Through Motion Analysis

Our Center for Motion Analysis is where our orthopedic specialists evaluate how children and adolescents move to maximize their physical abilities and achieve greater health as they grow.

  • Clinical Exam – A clinical exam provides measures of a pediatric patient’s status at rest. Measurements may include passive joint range of motion, joint contracture, muscle strength and tone, bony deformity, and neurological assessment.
  • Kinematics – Kinematics, the study of joint motion, collects data using cameras connected to to a computer to illustrate the 3D motion in lower extremities, pelvis and trunk to determine joint angles and motion.
  • Electromyography – Dynamic electromyography (EMG) uses signals to give information about muscle activity while walking to better understand your child’s neuromuscular pathology.
  • Foot Pressure – A pedobarograph measures pressure distribution under the foot while your child is walking.
  • Video – Specialized cameras are used to record a child walking in real-time as they move throughout the lab.

The center is also home to research studies on cerebral palsy, club foot, and Charcot Marie Tooth disease (CMT), an inherited, degenerative nerve disease that can affect mobility. Connecticut Children’s is leader in the study and treatment of CMT. Our Neuromuscular Program is also working collaboratively with the Center and Neurology to explore ways to improve care to young patients with walking disorders such as:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spina bifida
  • Club Feet

Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapy Services

Our clinical expertise emphasizes recovery, health, and fitness while enhancing performance and maximizing children’s ability to function within their daily environment. Connecticut Children’s provides personal care in close collaboration with families, referring health care providers, and community resources.

Our physical therapists work exclusively with children using a variety of age appropriate techniques to help them recover and/or maximize their abilities to function with a high level of independence. Our occupational therapists, based on a comprehensive assessment of a child’s physical, emotional and developmental needs, create personalized treatment plans that help children achieve increased independence by establishing or rehabilitating skills.

We have four convenient locations specializing in physical and occupational therapy. Find one near you.

 

  • Pediatric Treatment

    Treatment Tailored to Kids

    Unlike adult orthopedic departments, we use radiology equipment that emits as little radiation as possible to ensure the safety of your child, especially those with conditions such as scoliosis that require repeated imaging as part of treatment.

    Our EOS x-ray machine is an ultra low-dose, 3-D imaging system that uses two to three times less radiation than conventional machines, while still producing high quality, detailed images. It has the ability to scan your child sitting or standing, the optimal position for showing their natural, weight bearing posture for us to see the interaction between the joints and the rest of the musculoskeletal system, particularly the spine.

    Kid’s bones are different too. A fracture for a child is often accompanied by an injury to a growth plate, the weakest part of the skeletal system during childhood and adolescence. As many as one third of childhood fractures involve growth-plate injuries.

    Growth plate fractures most often occur in these bones:

    • Thighbone (femur)
    • Lower bones of the leg (tibia and fibula)
    • Outer bone of the forearm (radius), at the wrist
    • Ankle, foot or hip bone
  • Spine, Hand and Hip

    Specialized treatment for Spine, Hand & Hip

    Spine

    Our treatments for scoliosis and other spinal deformities include MAGEC growing rods, a system that uses surgically implanted magnetic rods and an external remote control to brace the spine during growth and minimize the progression of scoliosis.

    Hand

    Our hand surgery program is led by Sonia Chaudhry, MD, a specialist in hand and microvascular surgery, with an emphasis on congenital hand anomalies and finger injuries. She is an expert brachial plexus injuries, a highly specialized reconstruction procedure for a birth-related hand injury performed in conjunction with neurosurgery.

    Hip

    Complex reconstructive pelvic osteotomies such as Triple Innominate and Ganz (periacetabuar) osteotomies are performed routinely, along with hip arthroscopy. Connecticut Children’s highly skilled orthopedic surgeons take a unique approach to treat slipped capital femoral epiphysis, using a procedure offered in only a handful of children’s hospitals across the United States.

  • Motion Analysis

    Maximizing Health Through Motion Analysis

    Our Center for Motion Analysis is where our orthopedic specialists evaluate how children and adolescents move to maximize their physical abilities and achieve greater health as they grow.

    • Clinical Exam – A clinical exam provides measures of a pediatric patient’s status at rest. Measurements may include passive joint range of motion, joint contracture, muscle strength and tone, bony deformity, and neurological assessment.
    • Kinematics – Kinematics, the study of joint motion, collects data using cameras connected to to a computer to illustrate the 3D motion in lower extremities, pelvis and trunk to determine joint angles and motion.
    • Electromyography – Dynamic electromyography (EMG) uses signals to give information about muscle activity while walking to better understand your child’s neuromuscular pathology.
    • Foot Pressure – A pedobarograph measures pressure distribution under the foot while your child is walking.
    • Video – Specialized cameras are used to record a child walking in real-time as they move throughout the lab.

    The center is also home to research studies on cerebral palsy, club foot, and Charcot Marie Tooth disease (CMT), an inherited, degenerative nerve disease that can affect mobility. Connecticut Children’s is leader in the study and treatment of CMT. Our Neuromuscular Program is also working collaboratively with the Center and Neurology to explore ways to improve care to young patients with walking disorders such as:

    • Cerebral palsy
    • Muscular dystrophy
    • Spina bifida
    • Club Feet
  • Physical & Occupational Therapy

    Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapy Services

    Our clinical expertise emphasizes recovery, health, and fitness while enhancing performance and maximizing children’s ability to function within their daily environment. Connecticut Children’s provides personal care in close collaboration with families, referring health care providers, and community resources.

    Our physical therapists work exclusively with children using a variety of age appropriate techniques to help them recover and/or maximize their abilities to function with a high level of independence. Our occupational therapists, based on a comprehensive assessment of a child’s physical, emotional and developmental needs, create personalized treatment plans that help children achieve increased independence by establishing or rehabilitating skills.

    We have four convenient locations specializing in physical and occupational therapy. Find one near you.

     

Jeffrey Thomson, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Thomson’s practice focuses on spinal deformity in children (scoliosis), myelomeningocele (spina bifida), neuromuscular disorders, clubfeet and other foot abnormalities, and children’s fractures. He also treats children’s hip disorders such as hip dysplasia and slipped capital femoral epiphysis. Dr. Thomson’s research interests include scoliosis and spinal deformity, spina bifida, gait disorders and clubfeet.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. His is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society, Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, and the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Dr. Thomson is the director of orthopedic surgery and vice president of Connecticut Children’s medical staff.

MEET DR. THOMSON >

Jeffrey Thomson, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Thomson’s practice focuses on spinal deformity in children (scoliosis), myelomeningocele (spina bifida), neuromuscular disorders, clubfeet and other foot abnormalities, and children’s fractures. He also treats children’s hip disorders such as hip dysplasia and slipped capital femoral epiphysis. Dr. Thomson’s research interests include scoliosis and spinal deformity, spina bifida, gait disorders and clubfeet.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. His is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society, Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, and the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Dr. Thomson is the director of orthopedic surgery and vice president of Connecticut Children’s medical staff.

MEET DR. THOMSON >

Our Orthopedics Providers

Dr. Jeff Thomson
Jeffrey Thomson, MD
Division Head, Orthopedics
Dr. Sonia Chaudhry
Sonia Chaudhry, MD
Orthopedics
Dr. Hafeez headshot
Imran Hafeez, MD
Elite Sports Medicine
Dr. Katsman
Anna Katsman, MD
Orthopedics
Dr. Mark Lee
Mark C. Lee, MD
Orthopedics
Dr. Philip Mack
Philip W. Mack, MD
Orthopedics
Dr. Pace headshot
James Lee Pace, MD
Elite Sports Medicine
Dr. Kristan Pierz
Kristan Pierz, MD
Orthopedics
Dr. Rieger
Mark A Rieger, MD
Orthopedics
Dr. Wang headshot
David Wang, MD, MS
Clinical Director, Elite Sports Medicine
Dr. Janet Zahradnik
Janet Zahradnik, MD
Orthopedics

Schedule a Video Visit

See a Connecticut Children’s pediatric specialist from home or another secure location using your smartphone, tablet or personal computer!

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Schedule an In-Person Visit

Need to schedule an in-person appointment? If you haven’t seen us before, please complete the form to request an appointment. We will contact you within one business day. Existing patients: schedule an appointment using MyChart.

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Orthopedics