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Orthopaedic Institute

Bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles – they all are responsible for keeping the body in motion. Children especially are prone to orthopaedic conditions and injuries because their bodies are in a constant state of growth.

No one in the region offers more expertise in pediatric orthopaedics than CHOC Children’s Orthopaedic Institute. We understand that children are still growing and require specially trained experts with experience treating their unique needs. Whether it’s a broken bone, scoliosis, a sports injury or a developmental disorder, we’re here to help kids grow into healthy adults.

Making Sure Kids Grow into Healthy Adults

Our clinical and support staff is specially trained to care for children from infants to adolescents. Our team includes orthopaedic surgeons, physical and occupational therapists, physiatrists, neurosurgeons and neurologists, rheumatologists, pulmonologists, cardiologists, nurses and nurse practitioners, physician assistants and orthopaedic technicians. Meet Dr. Afshin Aminian, director of the CHOC Children’s Orthopaedic Institute.

While we evaluate, treat and manage all forms of orthopaedic conditions, our specialty programs in the following areas are what set our Orthopaedic Institute apart.

•    Spine conditions including scoliosis
•    Hip disorders including developmental hip dysplasia (DDH)
•    Hand disorders
•    Foot disorders including clubfoot
•    Broken bones, fractures, sprains, strains and orthopedic injuries
•    Limb length discrepancies and congenital limb deficiencies
•    Congenital disorders including skeletal dysplasias and osteogenesis imperfecta
•    Bone and soft tissue tumors
•    Muscular dystrophy and other muscle diseases
•    Spasticity and orthopaedic conditions related to cerebral palsy
•    Orthopaedic conditions related to spina bifida
•    Sports-related injuries and conditioning

Family-Centered Care

Because we are committed to family-centered care, we carefully consider the physical, mental and emotional needs of each patient and family. Our care teams are tightly integrated to make the experience seamless, whether it’s coordinating inpatient and outpatient visits, communicating with a child’s referring physician, or making sure patients and their families fully understand every option available to them. We offer the most comprehensive child life and family support programs in the region.

Research at the Orthopaedic Institute

The Orthopaedic Institute’s participation in research means we can offer more treatment options for children for whom conventional therapy has failed, or who have conditions for which no standard therapy is available. Our studies are leading to major advancements in scoliosis, Scheuermann’s disease, orthopaedic implants, hip disease, growth plates, limb lengthening, bone cysts and pain management. We are committed to the advancement of pediatric orthopaedics and discovering the best treatments, medications and technologies for our patients.

Innovative Programs, Specialized Expertise

At the CHOC Spine Center, our world-renowned specialists treat more Orange County children and adolescents with spine conditions than any other hospital. From easing back pain to correcting the most extreme spine curvatures, our multidisciplinary team covers a wide range of spinal conditions, including scoliosis, congenital and neuromuscular spinal deformities, kyphosis and kyphoscoliosis, spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis, tumors and traumatic injuries. Learn more about the CHOC Spine Center.
The CHOC Children’s Sports Medicine Program offers young athletes unrivaled services for their sports-related needs, including care from board-certified physicians, access to multidisciplinary specialists, state-of-the-art diagnostics, surgical techniques and on-site rehabilitation facilities. Our specialists work one-on-one with each patient to develop a unique diagnosis and treatment plan—with an emphasis on preserving future growth and function, and a safe return to play. Learn more about our Sports Medicine Program.
The orthopaedic team provides consultations and treatment for hip problems of any complexity, including developmental hip dislocation, Perthes disease, slipped capital femoral epiphysis impingement, trauma, infection, overuse and hip conditions in children with cerebral palsy and spina bifida. Our pediatric-trained orthopaedic surgeons offer expertise in adolescent conditions requiring hip reconstructive and joint preservation surgery to prevent premature osteoarthritis. Learn more about the Infant and Adolescent Hip Disorder Program.
Our pediatric-trained specialists have unrivaled experience in treating clubfoot and other foot disorders in infants and children, including congenital limb defects, flat foot, polydactyly of toes, idiopathic toe-walking and inward twisting of the femur, shin bones or forefoot. Learn more about our Clubfoot and Foot Disorder Program.
As the only dedicated pediatric hand program in Orange County, we offer comprehensive consultation, treatment and rehabilitation for congenital or acquired hand conditions. We are among the world’s foremost experts in the reconstruction of children’s hand deformities, with microsurgical toe-to-hand transfers and complex reconstruction of the forearm, wrist and hand. Our goal is to restore function and form so our patients can get back to being kids. Learn more about our Hand Program.
Our skilled orthopaedic specialists use the very latest techniques to help give a child with a limb defect a normal and active future. We perform limb lengthening and shortening, as well as complex limb reconstruction and amputation. Many of our treatments are done in a staged approach, to allow for a child’s continued growth. Learn more about our Limb Disorder Program.
Our orthopaedic surgeons, in close partnership with pediatric oncologists from the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s, assess and treat both cancerous and noncancerous bone and soft tissue tumors. Learn more about our Musculoskeletal Tumor Program.
Through this innovative program, our Orthopaedic Institute and Neuroscience Institute partner to provide evaluation and treatment of children with a variety of neuromuscular conditions. This wide-ranging program offers on-site specialty clinics in three areas: muscular dystrophy and muscle disease, spasticity related to neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy, and spina bifida. Learn more about our Neuromuscular Disease Program.
When an injury happens, our Fracture Clinic offers quick access to specialized care. We work to evaluate and treat every child in a timely window. Our orthopaedic specialists are familiar with a child’s unique build and know precisely the right treatments to minimize future problems, whether it's casting, splinting or surgery. Learn more about our Fracture Clinic.

Health Features

Kids and Broken Bones
Young wrists, arms, ankles, legs and elbows are vulnerable to injury. Few kids grow up without breaking a bone. Prompt, expert care of fractures is necessary. Learn more in this Health feature.


Growing Pains in Kids
Growing pains are real because many children experience musculoskeletal pain, but the most common cause for this type of pain are ligaments that are loose. Learn more in this Health feature.


Kids and Spine Issues
Scoliosis is a medical condition in which the spine is curved in either an "s" or "c" shape. If caught early, it can be treated with a bracing program. Learn more about childhood spine issues in this Health feature.


Growing Up Strong and Injury-Free

Most children should consume a certain amount of calcium and Vitamin D to build healthy bones. Learn more about our recommendations.


Dr. Carl Weinert, orthopaedic surgeon, explains how to prevent the most common injuries on the playground.


Dr. Afshin Aminian, orthopaedic surgeon, discusses teens and the orthopaedic issues that can affect them.


To make an appointment with the Orthopaedic Institute, please call 888-770-2462 or contact one of our locations.

CHOC Children's Clinic

CHOC Children’s Clinic – Orthopaedics
1201 W. La Veta Ave.
Orange, CA 92868
Appointments: 888-770-2462

CHOC Children’s Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center

CHOC Children’s Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center
980 Roosevelt, Suite 100A
Irvine, CA 92620
Appointments: 949-333-6417

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CHOC Children's is affiliated with the UC Irvine School of Medicine