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Orthopedic Hip Clinic

The Pediatric Orthopedic Hip Clinic provides comprehensive care for children with hip injuries or other conditions affecting the hip joint and surrounding tissues. We offer diagnostic services and a range of treatments aimed at preserving or restoring hip function, including nonsurgical options (such as physical therapy and bracing devices) and surgical repair using minimally invasive or traditional techniques.

Our experts understand the musculoskeletal needs of babies, children and young adults. We treat hip disorders in kids of all ages and collaborate with other providers to ensure our patients receive continuous care as they enter adulthood. With an emphasis on maintaining joint function and delaying the need for total hip replacement, our doctors tailor treatment to each child's condition and know how to factor their future growth into the plan.

We have expertise in treatments to enhance function, prevent pain and stiffness, and repair damage. These include:

  • Bracing. Tools such as the Pavlik harness and hip abduction devices help align hip joints to promote healthy development.
  • Cortisone injections. We use imaging to deliver anti-inflammatory medication directly to the affected part of the hip.
  • Minimally invasive surgery. Hip arthroscopy allows us to access the joint through a series of small incisions. It can treat hip impingement, soft tissue sports injuries and other problems.
  • Complex procedures. Our team includes nationally renowned surgeons who specialize in challenging hip procedures, including:
    • Core decompression (a procedure that reduces pressure in the bone) to treat avascular necrosis (bone tissue death from a loss of blood supply)
    • Femoral and pelvic osteotomies (cutting and reshaping bones)
    • Hip preservation procedures (surgical approaches that improve movement of the hip joint)
    • Hip replacement (replacing the hip joint with artificial implants)
    • Surgical dislocation of the hip, a technique for treating conditions affecting the inside of the joint

Our locations (6)

    Awards & recognition

    • Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties

    • One of the nation's best in orthopedics

    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.

    Plan your visit

    Preparing for your appointment

    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your child's condition
    • List of medications, including dosages, plus any your child is allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

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    Support services

    Child Life Services

    Activity rooms, pet therapy and more to help kids feel at home.

    Child Life

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

    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    School Program

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


    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.


    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.


    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.


    Parent Support Program

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


    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.


    Spiritual Care

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


    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.

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    Learning never stops

    Our classroom and bedside classes help kids get credit and keep learning during treatment.

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