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Your child is the center of what we do

Our specialists are here to help your child heal from orthopaedic conditions and injuries. 

When it comes to growing bones and bodies, children and teens need specialized orthopaedic care. So whether your child needs specialized care for a sports injury or an orthopaedic injury, we can help them get back to playtime — at home or on the field — as soon as possible. 

Our team is the only pediatric orthopaedic program in northeast, central and south-central Pennsylvania. We specialize in the medical and surgical treatment of conditions and injuries of your child's bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments or nerves.

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Conditions we treat for children through 18 years old include:

Upper body

  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Sports and overuse injuries
  • Musculoskeletal tumors
  • Sprains and strains
  • Trigger thumbs and fingers

Lower body

  • Amputations
  • ACL tears
  • Clubfeet
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Limb length inequality
  • Meniscus tears
  • Overuse injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Hip conditions, including developmental hip dysplasia, femoroacetabular impingement, slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
  • Knee conditions, like Osgood-Schlatter disease and patellofemoral stress syndrome

Neck, back and spine

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Sports injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Spinal conditions, including scoliosis, spondylosis, spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis
With an environment focused on children and child life specialists available, we’re dedicated to easing your child’s worry and helping to make the hospital feel more like home while they’re here.

Spinal fusion patient a role model for teens

Laurel Stiekes doing karate after major spine surgery
Laurel underwent spinal fusion surgery and months of physical therapy. Now she feels stronger than ever and most recently became a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do.

Pediatric orthopaedic treatment at Geisinger

Your child’s orthopaedic surgeons and specialists have advanced training and experience in treating all aspects of pediatric orthopaedic conditions, including:


Your child’s doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications (also called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs) to reduce swelling and pain.
Surgical treatments

If your child needs surgery, they'll have a whole team of orthopaedic specialists providing complete care before, during and after their procedure. Depending on the injury or condition, our team can perform surgeries including:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, which may be needed if your child tore their ACL. When ACL reconstruction surgery is required, your child’s surgeon will often perform an arthroscopy in their knee. This minimally invasive procedure uses a camera inserted through a small incision that helps guide the surgeon through surgery.

    During surgery, the torn ligament will be removed and replaced. The surgeon will then attach the new one to your child’s bone. Once your child’s knee heals, they should begin treatment through physical therapy to help them return to their previous activity level.
  • Meniscus repairs, which are needed when your child tears the meniscus in their knee. The meniscus acts as a shock absorber, keeping the knee bones from rubbing together. When it tears, a surgeon can either remove the meniscus or repair it. During a repair, sutures will be used to help the torn meniscus heal.
  • Renaissance™ robotic technology, which allows our surgeons to safely perform spine surgery with increased accuracy. These types of surgeries offer higher precision, smaller surgical incisions and a shorter recovery so your child can go home sooner.

Our specialty orthotics program uses computer analysis to create custom orthotics for your child. These devices correct deformities and improve physical alignment. We also create custom casts and braces to treat a wide variety of conditions.

Orthopaedic care at Geisinger

  • Comprehensive orthopaedic care: Whether your child needs sports medicine treatment or a world-renowned spine surgery program, we offer unmatched expertise for pediatric orthopaedic conditions. Trust our team to treat pediatric orthopaedic conditions including bone and joint pain, as well as injuries from sports, falls and fractures.
  • World-class care, close to home: With many locations throughout Pennsylvania, our experienced orthopaedic team provides evaluations, consultations and comprehensive care. We offer leading-edge treatment options and tailored-to-you care backed by the expertise and innovation of a nationally renowned health system.
  • Orthopaedic urgent care: With no appointment necessary, our Orthopaedic Urgent Care locations are ready to treat children and adults for sudden injuries, like minor sprains, strains or simple fractures.
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