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Diagnosis & Treatment

Our specialists provide comprehensive diagnostic assessment and expert surgical and non-surgical treatment for the full spectrum of childhood orthopedic conditions including limb deformities such as clubfoot, spinal deformities such as scoliosis, limping, differences in leg length, bone and joint infections, sports-related injuries, and broken bones.

In addition to conducting a comprehensive physical examination and medical history on each young patient, we offer diagnostic resources that include advanced imaging tools. Among these are:

  • X-ray
  • Computed tomography (CT), an imaging procedure that uses a combination of x-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images (often called slices) of the body
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a test that uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body
  • Myelogram, which involves injecting a dye or contrast material into the spinal canal, is a specific x-ray study that also allows careful evaluation of the spinal canal and nerve roots
  • Bone scans, a nuclear imaging method to evaluate any degenerative and/or arthritic changes in the joints, to detect bone diseases and tumors and to determine the cause of bone pain or inflammation
  • Electromyography (EMG) a test that checks the health of the muscles and the nerves that control the muscles

We offer the most advanced surgical and non-surgical treatments for pediatric orthopedic disorders, including:

  • Back and spine surgery
  • Limb-lengthening and -shortening surgery
  • Surgical repair of tendon and ligament tears and bone fractures
  • Joint repair and replacement
  • Amputation
  • Orthotics, devices such as braces used to support, align, correct or prevent deformities or to improve body function 
  • Prosthetics (artificial limbs)
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Casting for broken bones

The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital is a department of Maine Medical Center