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Orthopedics

When children have problems that affect bones, muscles or joints – ranging from broken bones and sports injuries to spinal disorders – they need prompt care from orthopedic specialists who know how to address these issues in growing bodies.

The care providers in our Pediatric Orthopedic Program have special training and expertise in diagnosing and treating orthopedic issues in children, from newborns to young adults. These specialists work as a team to ensure patients receive seamless, coordinated care as they grow.

What's more, our experts understand the impact a condition may have on a child's physical, emotional and social development, and they have access to other UCSF specialists, when needed, to help address those issues. While our orthopedists' immediate goal is to relieve pain and improve function, their longer-term goal is to make sure every child achieves their own maximum degree of physical ability and health – and a great quality of life.

Our services (11)

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Pediatric Orthopedic Clinic

Pediatric Orthopedic Clinic

San Francisco / Oakland / Greenbrae / San Ramon / Fremont / Walnut Creek...

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Limb Lengthening & Complex Reconstruction Center

Limb Lengthening & Complex Reconstruction Center

San Francisco / Oakland / Walnut Creek / San Ramon

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Orthopedic Hip Clinic

Orthopedic Hip Clinic

San Francisco / Oakland / Berkeley / Greenbrae / Walnut Creek

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Orthopedic Surgical Oncology Clinic

Orthopedic Surgical Oncology Clinic

1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

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Orthotics & Prosthetics Clinic

Orthotics & Prosthetics Clinic

1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

Pediatric Metabolic Bone Clinic

Pediatric Metabolic Bone Clinic

1825 Fourth St.
San Francisco, CA 94158

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Spine Center

Spine Center

San Francisco / Oakland / Greenbrae / Walnut Creek

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Sports Concussion Program

Sports Concussion Program

San Francisco / Oakland / Walnut Creek

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Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes

Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes

San Francisco / Oakland / Fremont / Redwood City / San Ramon / Walnut Cr...

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Sports Physical Therapy Clinic

Sports Physical Therapy Clinic

Oakland / San Ramon / Walnut Creek

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Spina Bifida Program

Spina Bifida Program

Oakland / San Francisco

Awards & recognition

  • One of the nation's best in orthopedics

  • Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties

Highlights of our orthopedic care

Kid-focused care

Our entire care team is specially trained to work with children. They understand growth and development, have expertise in pediatric conditions, and are skilled in the treatment approaches – both surgical and nonsurgical – that work best for young people.

A broad network

Our multiple locations across the Bay Area make it easy for families to access care. For those who live farther away, we also offer follow-up care through video visits and referrals to community-based orthopedic surgeons.

Many experts under one roof

At each of our facilities, patients have access to pediatric specialists, physical therapists and occupational therapists.

Care for all ages

We treat the full range of orthopedic concerns in pediatric patients ranging from newborns to young adults. We also ensure seamless care as our patients enter adulthood by coordinating with their new providers.

Our programs

Dance Medicine Program

Expert injury care and prevention for young performing artists, including dancers, gymnasts, cheerleaders, figure skaters and musicians

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PlaySafe Sports Medicine Outreach Program

Experienced UCSF sports medicine doctors and athletic trainers help high school student-athletes avoid sports injuries. Find out more.

Support services

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Child Life

Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.

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Sports Performance Classes

Experienced sports medicine professionals help young athletes excel on the field with training and injury prevention classes. Learn more and sign up.

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Camp Winning Hands

This overnight camp is for children with congenital hand and upper limb differences. Kids make friends in a fun, safe and supportive environment.

Family Amenities

Family-friendly amenities help you relax and take care of yourself while staying close to your child. We offer lounges, kitchens, showers, breastfeeding rooms and more.

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Social Services

Social workers ease the effect of illness, injury and hospitalization on your family with counseling and assistance to help you navigate the challenges.

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Activity Rooms

Activity rooms offer a relaxed environment for children of all ages. Features include a playroom, digital arts studio and teen lounge. Find out more.

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Art Therapy

Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.

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Music Therapy Program

Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy.

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School Program

Our schoolroom services and individual learning programs help children hospitalized at UCSF continue their education and get ready to return to school.

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School Re-Entry Program

We help kids return to school after hospitalization by educating staff and students about their needs and recommending needed accommodations. Read more.

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Individual Playtime & Instruction

If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.

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Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

Family Resource Center

We help families cope with the challenges of childhood illness and hospitalization in a relaxing environment where parents can get a much-needed break.

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Parent Support Program

Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.

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Patient Relations

Patient relations reps and nursing supervisors are here to answer questions and address concerns. Learn about your rights, how to reach us and more.

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Spiritual Care

Chaplains help UCSF patients, families and staff cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges of childhood illness. Learn more.

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International Services

If you're coming to UCSF from outside the U.S., we coordinate your child's appointments and provide other helpful services. Here's how to get started.

Stress-free visits

Accommodations. Admissions. Procedure prep. Get the info you need for smoother hospital stays.

Prepare for your child's stay

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