Orthopedic tests and treatments

At Children's Wisconsin, we're dedicated to offering the best, most up-to-date, safest tests and treatments to every child and teen we see.

Orthopedic diagnostic tests

Some of the orthopedic tests and equipment we use include:

Advanced diagnostic imaging (radiology) services

Children are more sensitive to X-rays, so finding the radiation level that allows us to make an accurate diagnosis and keep them safe can be tricky. Children's uses high quality and safe, low-dose radiation in pediatric imaging, and we have one of the nation's leading radiology programs for children, which includes on-site access to CT, MRI, interventional radiology and other advanced imaging services.


Children's Wisconsin is one of two pediatric hospitals in the nation with an EOS low-dose radiation scanner. Providers mainly use the scanner to help diagnose and treat children with scoliosis (a curved spine). Read more on our EOS scanner page about the benefits and watch a parent's testimonial video.

Quantec 3-D spinal measurement system

Children's is one of the only centers in the country to use the Quantec 3-D spinal measurement system, a system that does not use radiation. This system allows us to measure at least 12 different points along the entire length of a child's spine. Quantec creates a surface map of the spine so we can measure the change in a child's spinal curve and properly treat his or her scoliosis. It is most commonly used for patients with smaller curves.

Center for Motion Analysis

The Center of Motion Analysis uses a multidisciplinary approach in providing a comprehensive review of children's gait and motion. Using 3-D motion capture technology, along with plantar pressure analysis and electromyography, the CMA gives greater insight into the diagnoses and treatment options available to physicians and physical therapists when treating children with variable-movement impairments.

Musculoskeletal Functional Assessment Center

A unique resource for physicians and patients, the Musculoskeletal Functional Assessment Center is committed to providing innovative, non-surgical approaches to scoliosis treatment. Tools we use include the 3-D Milwaukee Topographic Scanner (monitoring spinal progression), EOS X-ray imaging system (3-D spinal evaluation), Rodin4D scanner (to develop CAD/CAM-based orthotics), and the Orthotimer (to ensure success of orthotics).

Baseline concussion testing

Based on American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for sports-related concussions, we suggest a baseline concussion test for all young athletes, especially those involved in contact sports. Children's uses ImPACT™ and Axon Sports computerized evaluation tests, which are commonly used in organized high school sports, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the National Football League.

Orthopedic diagnoses and treatments

Your child's orthopedic treatment plan will depend on many factors, including the condition or injury your child has, their age and the severity of the problem.

  • Age
  • Type of condition
  • Severity of the condition

We value patient and family input, and we will involve you in treatment planning whenever possible.

Our treatment options may include:

  • Observation
  • Casts, splints, and braces
  • Sports medicine procedures
    • Surgery
  • Rehabilitation care, including:
    • Physical therapy in a state-of-the-art gym
    • Occupational therapy
    • Bracing
    • Guidelines for safe return to play
    • Injury prevention and education

Read stories of how our patients benefited from the expert orthopedic care at Children’s Wisconsin.

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