The Orthopaedic Clinic focuses on treating children and youth with injuries and diseases that affect the musculoskeletal system. Surgical and non-surgical methods are used in the treatment of infections, tumors, sports injuries, traumatic injuries and congenital disorders. The bones, joints and muscles of growing children and youth are treated in using a multidisciplinary approach which includes observation of growth, physiotherapy, casting, bracing or splinting and surgery.
The Orthopaedic Clinic Staff coordinates care for children with complex needs. Children may be seen in a general orthopaedic clinic or a more focused scoliosis clinic, fracture clinic or limb deficiency clinic. The orthopaedic clinic has partnerships with the Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida Clinics. Both inpatient and outpatient care is provided. Children who require hospitalization will stay on the Medical Surgical Neurosciences Unit (MSNU).
The Orthopaedic Care Team presents a Multidisciplinary Annual Paediatric Orthopaedic Conference. Registrants from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are given an opportunity to learn more about paediatric orthopaedics and make contacts in other communities.
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is involved in several research studies aimed at investigating the anatomical changes and treatment options associated with scoliosis. There is also involvement with several multi-centre scoliosis studies which include the participation of health institutions from across North America. Other research projects include treatment of supracondylar humerus fractures and free vascularized fibular graft.