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Pediatric Orthopaedic Birth Defects

What are orthopaedic birth defects?

Orthopaedic birth defects include a wide range of conditions affecting a baby’s bones and muscles, tendons and ligaments that connect them. These conditions occur while your baby is developing in the uterus.

Some orthopaedic birth defects heal on their own and don’t require treatment. Others can lead to complications if left untreated, including:

  • Difficulty walking and running
  • Bone destruction
  • Deformities in bones, muscles and joints of the limbs
  • Arthritis in later life 

Learn more about our Spine Program and Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at Children's National Hospital.

Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Matthew Oetgen

Matthew Oetgen

Division Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
Departments

Departments

Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic

For more than 25 years, the Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic has provided multidisciplinary care for infants, children, and young adults with various forms of skeletal disorders.

Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

From sprains and strains to complex congenital conditions, Children’s National Hospital offers one of the most experienced pediatric orthopaedic practices in the nation with experience in treating all areas from head to toe.

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