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Orthopedics

BBCH is home to a full-service pediatric orthopedic program devoted to the care of musculoskeletal (bone and joint) problems in infants, children, adolescents, and teenagers. Our team includes Maine’s largest and most experienced, Board certified and fellowship trained pediatric orthopedic subspecialists. Together they treat children with virtually every kind of bone and joint problem, from the most routine to the most complex. 

We take a multidisciplinary approach to caring for each child, working closely with physical and occupational therapists, bracing specialists (orthotists), neurosurgeons, and neurologists, tailoring care to the unique needs of the individual patient and family. Our patients have access to the genetics service at BBCH which provides testing and counseling for families with children diagnosed with congenital orthopedic disorders.


Conditions Treated

Our pediatric orthopedic surgeons diagnose, treat and manage the full range of congenital and acquired musculoskeletal problems affecting infants, children, adolescents, and teenagers, including:  

  • Clubfoot (also known as talipes or talipes equinovarus, a condition in which one or both feet are twisted into an abnormal position at birth due to abnormal bone formation) 
  • Congenital spine deformities such as scoliosis
  • Gait abnormalities (limping)
  • Hip dysplasia (abnormal development of the hip, resulting in hip joint instability and potential dislocation of the thigh bone from the socket in the pelvis)
  • Kyphosis (an excessive round-back deformity seen in teenagers)
  • Leg-length differences
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes disease (a hip disorder in children due to interruption of the blood supply to the head of the femur – the ball in the ball-and-socket hip joint – causing it to deteriorate) 
  • Lordosis (“swayback”)
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease (“growing pains” of the knee, the result of rapid growth and pulling of the tendons around the knee in adolescents)
  • Osteochondritis (inflammation of bone and cartilage)
  • Scoliosis (curvature of the spine)
  • Spina bifida (a congenital defect in which the spinal column is imperfectly closed so that part of the meninges or spinal cord protrudes)
  • Spinal deformities caused by neuromuscular diseases such as cerebral palsy
  • Spondylolistheses (a slipping or displacement of one vertebra in relation to another)
  • Spondylolysis (a defect in a specific part of the facet joint – the joints that connect vertebrae –called the pars interarticularis; this defect can cause instability in the vertebra, much like a loose hinge in a door)
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Trauma (fractures, sprains, crush injuries)

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