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What Is Non Surgical Orthopedics?

Not all orthopedic diagnoses and/or injuries require surgery. Depending on the diagnosis or injury, there may be an opportunity to treat and heal without surgery. With some conditions, you may require surgical and nonsurgical options. With extensive knowledge of the musculoskeletal system, our providers will work with you to determine the best treatment plan. At Gillette, we focus on healing brain, bone and movement conditions in a way that makes the most sense. 


Orthopedic Conditions Treated without Surgery

Conditions Orthopedic Doctors Treat Without Surgery 


Non Surgical Orthopedic Treatments

Your child will work with a team of nationally recognized specialists who understand the challenges of kids who have complex brain, bone and movement conditions. The correct treatment plan is crucial. 

As one of the nation’s top providers of pediatric inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation therapies, Gillette teaches kids to navigate their everyday world with confidence. 

Non surgical treatment options often include: 

The rehab therapy team is comprised of occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech and language pathologists and nutrition and feeding therapists. They work together to help children recover. 

Physical therapy, for example, can help improve a child’s gross motor skills, strength and balance, especially in children who are working through a sports-related injury. Our team of physical therapists use various technologies, tests and techniques to help kids reach new levels of independence and mobility. A physical therapist might also recommend adaptive and mobility equipment, including walkers, standers and wheelchairs. 

Casting can be used for treating fractures, clubfoot casting and casting for other foot anomalies.  

Aquatic therapy is done in a swimming pool. A therapy pool can help kids improve their abilities and practice skills. The buoyancy of water reduces stress on the joints and helps to support body weight, making movement easier. 

Water also offers resistance, enabling children to strengthen their muscles without using weights. In addition, water can help muscles relax and improve blood flow. 

At Gillette Children’s, kids can work with experts who provide special technology, including customized equipment designed just for your child. Braces, artificial limbs (prostheses) and power wheelchairs are all created here. 


Non Surgical Orthopedic Care at Gillette - What Sets Us Apart 

Gillette began as an orthopedic hospital in 1897. Today we have one of the largest groups of fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeons in the U.S. Our orthopedic surgeons, physicians, and advanced practice providers conduct research to continually drive advancements to help kids thrive.  

At Gillette, we treat complex brain, bone and movement conditions. Non surgical orthopedic care is often used as a first option for treatment. Physical therapy, medication physical therapy, casting or bracing can be great options depending on your child’s needs. Our medical experts will be able to perform an examination, diagnose what is happening, and determine what treatment option will work best based on the specifics of the condition.Your Care Team 

Care Team


Additional Patient Care

At Gillette, an integrated team will help you navigate the services you need and often, your family may see a team of specialists during a single visit to one location. That’s why having everything in one place is extremely beneficial. You might work with healthcare providers in some of the following fields: