Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Why Choose Us

Caring Experts With Unmatched Experience

U.S. News and World Report Best Children's Hospitals Badge, Orthopedics, 2021-2022

  • For more than a decade, U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked our Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Program among the top pediatric orthopedic programs in the country, which means your child will be cared for by the very best.
  • Seattle Children’s treats the full range of bone, muscle and joint conditions – from the simplest fracture after a fall on the playground to the most complex or rare disorders, like skeletal dysplasia and metabolic bone diseases.
  • Many of our pediatric orthopedic surgeons have expanded fellowship training in areas such as foot and ankle conditionssports medicinetumorsupper extremity surgery, limb deformity, neuromuscular diseases, skeletal dysplasia and spine problems.
  • To restore or improve your child’s health, function and quality of life, we often use nonsurgical methods (like medicines, physical therapy and braces), recommending surgery only when we believe it will give your child the best results.
  • We’ve helped develop, introduce or refine surgical options that make care better for patients and families, like limb-sparing surgery to reduce amputations in children with bone tumors and the MAGEC (MAGnetic Expansion Control) system to decrease the number of surgeries a child needs for scoliosis.
  • Our Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Department dates back to the hospital’s founding in 1907, when 24 Seattle women gave $20 each to start the Children’s Orthopedic Hospital and provide free care, regardless of a child’s race, religion or gender or their family’s ability to pay.

Treatment Designed for Growing Bodies


  • Infants, children and teens are still developing, so they may need different care than adults do, like treatment that takes their growth plates into account. Here, your child’s team has special training in the medical, surgical, emotional and social needs of young people.
  • We see your child as a whole person. For example, in our Foot and Ankle Deformities Program, we look not only at your child’s feet and ankles, but also their legs, spine, strength, movement, nerves and other features that might play a role in their condition.
  • Technologies like the MAGEC system, used to straighten a severe spinal curve, allow us to adjust your child’s treatment as their body grows. This means we can rely less on methods, like spinal fusion, that may limit growth. We have one of the largest growing-rod programs in the country.
  • Athletic trainers from Seattle Children’s work at dozens of area schools and many community events. Part of our Sports Medicine Program, they teach conditioning, assess and treat injuries and refer athletes to medical providers, all with an eye to keeping your child active for years to come.
  • We have the largest group of board-certified pediatric radiologists in the Northwest. If your child needs imaging that uses radiation, we use the lowest amount possible to produce the best image. We also have a 3D low-dose radiation X-ray machine, called the EOS, for safer full-body 3D images.

Specialists for All Your Child’s Needs

  • Complex conditions that affect your child’s bones, muscles and joints may affect other parts of their body too, from their nerves or lungs to their bladder. We connect you with the many types of Seattle Children’s experts your child needs – on the same day, in the same clinic whenever we can.
  • Specialized clinics and programs, like the Ortho Rehab ClinicBone Tumor and Sarcoma ClinicSkeletal Health ProgramTone Management Program and Arthrogryposis Clinic, bring together teams of providers to ensure your child receives coordinated care.
  • Our orthopedics specialists work closely with specialists from EndocrinologyGenetic CounselingNeurosciencesNeurodevelopmentalPulmonary MedicineRehabilitation MedicineUrologyCancer and Blood Disorders and other departments so your family gets their combined expertise.
  • Within Orthopedics, your child is cared for by a team with vast experience, including pediatricians, pediatric orthopedic surgeons, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, athletic trainers, certified medical assistants, registered orthopedic technologists and sports physical therapists.

Research to Improve Care


  • Seattle Children’s doctors take part in research to develop and test new drugs. After studying nusinersen (Spinraza) for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), we were among the first hospitals in the country to offer it. Orthopedics partners with Rehabilitation Medicine to care for children with SMA.
  • Outcomes research helps us know which treatments produce the best results for children. For example, we use tools to ask patients about their function after surgery for limb deformities. Asking children about their experience is essential to improving their lives.
  • Some of our research focuses on learning more about diseases that are not yet well understood, like certain forms of dwarfism, and how they progress over time. Our work has helped identify new genes involved in dwarfing, which may lead to new forms of treatment.
  • We participate in several registries (databases that collect information about patients who volunteer) so we can collaborate with doctors around the country and the world to better understand orthopedic conditions, such as hand, arm, foot and leg differences.
  • Funded in part by the Lynn Taylor Staheli Endowed Chair in Pediatric Orthopedics, our growing research program is discovering better ways to diagnose and care for children.

Here When You Need Us

Support to Help You Make Treatment Decisions


When Taylor was born with fibular hemimelia, Dr. Vincent Mosca explained two treatment approaches to her parents: multiple surgeries to preserve her foot and lengthen her lower leg or amputation. Together they decided amputating would give Taylor the most active childhood. By age 1, she was learning to ski on her prosthetic leg. As a teen, she became a strong and graceful dancer. Read Taylor’s story and watch her dance.