Pediatric Musculoskeletal Health Program

Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Pediatric Musculoskeletal Health Program treats pediatric osteoporosis and other pediatric musculoskeletal disorders.

The Musculoskeletal Health Program also serves as a resource center for pediatric health care workers and families across New Hampshire regarding risk factors, diagnostic approaches, and patient-specific treatment strategies.

Pediatric osteoporosis in children is characterized by weakening bone strength that may result in bone pain, fractures, and deformity if left untreated.

Most often, pediatric osteoporosis is related to a child's underlying medical condition, medications taken to treat that condition, and associated risk factors such as immobility.

We work closely with the following supportive services within Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) and in the local community:

  • Aquatherapy
  • Audiology to screen those with conditions associated with hearing loss (for example, osteogenesis imperfecta)
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Nutritionists
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy