About orthopaedic care for children

Our highly-respected consultants are dedicated to the best care for your child. Together, they pioneer treatments for a range of problems, from more routine issues such as flat foot, to complex issues such as scoliosis. Supported by a multidisciplinary team of orthotists, neurologists, therapists and specialist nurses, they create a friendly and welcoming environment and provide the highest standard of treatment.

Our state-of-the-art paediatric units offers the latest technology for fast diagnosis, while further treatment takes place at the renowned The Portland Hospital, the UK’s leading hospital for children. Here, we offer family-centred care and the best equipment, including a playroom, sensory room, gym and individual treatment rooms. 

Specialist orthopaedic areas


HCA UK's specialist Children and Adolescent's Scoliosis Service is available to treat all young people with this spinal condition.

Knee and ligament

The Portland Hospital specialises in delivering treatment to children of all ages with knee and ligament injuries and we have a number of world-renowened consultants with specialist expertise in this area. 

Hip and pelvis

Our leading paediatric hip and pelvis specialists treat conditions such as developmental dysplasia of the hip (dislocation), and Perthes disease.

Foot and ankle

HCA UK's paediatric surgeons offer corrective procedures to young people with congenital (present at birth) defects, including club foot, flat feet and intoeing. 

Shoulder and elbow

Our dedicated paediatric shoulder and elbow specialists deliver expert care to children and adolescents with upper limb problems.

Hand and wrist

Paediatric orthopaedic specialists at HCA UK are able to diagnose and treat any hand or wrist injury your child may experience, either from birth or direct injury.

Limb reconstruction 

Children may experience limb deformity from birth or as a result of trauma. We offer lengthening and reconstruction procedures to correct this.

Fractures and sports injuries

Fractures are very common in young children. Our dedicated HCA UK orthopaedic specialists can treat these and other related sports injuries.

Cerebral palsy 

We can treat congenital muscle and brain injuries such as cerebral palsy with pioneering treatments, including selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR).

Spina bifida

Spina bifida and other injuries such as tethered cord are congenital spinal defects, which will often require surgery to aid your child's physical development.

Our consultant specialists in orthopaedics for children

All of our consultants are experienced in the fields of orthopaedics and paediatrics.

Learn more about our Children and Adolescent's Scoliosis Service

Find out more about the only dedicated paediatric and young adult private spinal and scoliosis unit in the UK.

More about The Portland Hospital's scoliosis and spinal unit

Our orthopaedic care for children

We offer a comprehensive service for the diagnosis and management of all orthopaedic conditions in children and adolescents. These include trauma and sports injuries, congenital and developmental conditions, gait problems and peripheral nerve injuries.

  • Paediatric scoliosis

    Need to know

    Scoliosis in children occurs between the ages of 10 to 18 and is more common in girls by a ratio of 2:1. In most cases of adolescent scoliosis the cause is unknown and this is called idiopathic adolescent scoliosis. The majority of children are healthy and have no other medical problems. The condition...

  • Back pain in children and teens

    Need to know

    Children and teens are more flexible than adults, so they tend not to experience much back pain. If it does happen, it could be a sign of something more serious, so it's worth getting it checked out. At HCA UK, our orthopaedic, neurological and paediatric specialists can help get to the root...

  • Brachial plexus injuries during birth

    Need to know

    A brachial plexus injury can affect newborn babies, causing weakness in the baby's hand, arm and shoulder. The brachial plexus is a group of nerve fibres stemming from the spine and through the neck. If pressure is applied to the baby's head during delivery, these nerves can become damaged causing weakness...

  • Cerebral palsy

    Need to know

    Cerebral palsy encompasses a group of conditions. These relate to problems with muscle control and movement. They are the result of an injury to the brain before, during or after birth. There are a range of treatments available to help your child's development.

  • Irritable hip in children

    Need to know

    An irritable hip is caused by a swelling of the lining of the hip joint and a build up of fluid. It can arise following a viral infection or fall. Symptoms include a sudden pain in the hip, thigh or knee. Children will have difficulty crawling, standing or walking. The condition isn't serious and should...

  • Kyphosis in children

    Need to know

    If your child has kyphosis, you may be able to identify this from a curvature of their spine when viewed from the side. Scoliosis is a curvature seen from the front. It is possible for both conditions to be present in the same child. It can develop in the womb. Whilst everyone has a slight spinal...

  • Paediatric fractures

    Need to know

    Fractures (broken bones) can be very common in children. Their bones are softer and not as fully formed as adults. As a result, there are a number of different types of fracture a child may have. Our paediatric orthopaedics can identify your child's injury and treat them accordingly.

  • Perthes disease

    Need to know

    Perthes disease is a rare condition relating to your child's hip joint. It occurs across different stages beginning with restricted blood supply to their femoral head (top of the thigh bone). This leads to inflammation and irritation. Treatment helps a newer, stronger bone to form. This can re-establish...

  • Septic arthritis in children

    Need to know

    Septic arthritis is a medical emergency and you should take your child to an emergency department should septic arthritis be suspected. It's caused by a bacterial infection in the joint space and may cause permanent damage if not treated immediately. It's most common in the hip and knees. It's caused...

  • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis

    Need to know

    SCFE is a hip condition that can be experienced by adolescents. This occurs when the ball that rests at the top of the femur (thighbone) moves backwards from the neck of the bone. It can occur as a result of growth spurts, a fall/trauma or excessive weight issues. Your child's consultant can assess them...

  • Spina bifida

    Need to know

    Spina bifida happens when a baby's spine doesn't develop properly in the womb, leaving a gap in their spine. There isn't a precise reason behind it but it can cause bowel and bladder problems in later life. In some severe cases, it can lead to mobility issues and paralysis. We can help to support your...

  • Pseudarthrosis of the tibia

    Need to know

    Pseudarthrosis is associated with neurofibromatosis — a condition where tumours grow in the nervous system. A child may show signs of pseudarthrosis a few days after birth, or up to the age of two. This procedure aims to mend an unhealed fracture (pseudarthrosis) in the longer bone of the lower...

  • Tendon repair surgery

    Need to know

    Tendon injuries are relatively common and rarely serious, they can be torn, or ruptured. Your consultant may suggest surgery if other types of treatment, such as physiotherapy, haven't worked or if you've torn your tendon badly. Surgery can be carried out on any tendon but it's usually done on shoulders...

  • Joint inflammation caused by sport injury

    Need to know

    Many sports put sustained pressure on joints, leading to overuse injuries and pain. Sometimes injuries in sport lead to traumatic damage to joints, causing joint swelling and synovitis.

  • Muscle strains and sprains

    Need to know

    Muscle strains and sprains can be a common consequence of playing sport or over exertion during activities. These may occur from physical contact or not warming your muscles up properly before playing. You will likely experience pain, swelling and tightness in the pain area. Your consultant can help...

  • Ponseti treatment for club foot

    Need to know

    This treatment aims to straighten a child's club foot (talipes), a condition where the ankle and foot point towards the body and the tendons are shorter than usual. It ranges from mild to severe and in some cases, the foot looks like it's turned upside down. It can affect both feet. It's a congenital...

  • Open reduction and hip reconstruction surgery

    Need to know

    Open reduction and hip reconstruction surgery is carried out by HCA UK to correct developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) in babies. DDH causes the ball-and-socket joint of the hips to not form properly in babies and young children, and is also known as congenital hip dislocation or hip dysplasia....

Paediatric orthopaedics locations

Your child can be seen by leading specialists at outpatient centres across the UK, and the world-renowned Portland Hospital in London.

Request an appointment with a paediatrician 

To request an appointment, call the paediatric unit on the number below. 

020 7390 8020
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