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Bones and Joints

Discover the conditions we treat and treatments we provide at Children's National Hospital. Providers at Children's National work with you and your family to decide on the best care plan for your child. Learn more about the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine.

Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis

Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) is a condition of the hip joint that affects children. In SCFE, the ball of the thighbone slips off the neck of the thighbone.

Spina Bifida

Spina bifida is a condition in which there is abnormal development of the back bones, spinal cord, surrounding nerves and the fluid-filled sac that surrounds the spinal cord. Learn more about this condition.

Sports Overuse Injuries

Most sports and overuse injuries are due to injuries that affect the bone, muscles, ligaments or tendons. Learn more about sports overuse injuries.

Sprains and Strains

Sports injuries are caused by minor trauma involving muscles, ligaments and/or tendons, including contusions, sprains and strains. Learn more about this condition.


Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus) is a disease that causes your body’s immune system to attack its own cells and tissues. Learn more about this condition.

Trigger Thumb

Trigger thumb is caused by a mismatch between the size of the flexor tendon to the thumb and the tendon sheath(the fibrous band over the tendon) causing difficulties with the gliding motion of the thumb. Learn more about this condition.


Children's National Hospital's orthopaedic experts use the VEPTR device to provide specialized care for children with severe chest and spine deformities. Learn more about this treatment.