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Our Treatment Approach

A Treatment Approach Unique to your Child

Your child’s team of physicians and specialists will be created to suit their individualized care needs. Designing this personalized plan is important to us because we believe that your child deserves a care plan as unique and special as they are.

What You Can Expect

Before Your Visit

Prior to your initial visit, you will be asked to provide us with your child’s medical records and any insurance information. For details on what is required, please visit our Patient Information page.

During Your Visit

You’ll typically begin with a visit to our clinic. Here, we will evaluate your child and work with you to design a customized treatment plan.

After Your Visit

Following the clinical evaluation and care plan development, you and your child will be introduced to their individualized team of specialists. Depending on the plan your team may include social workers, registered nurses, child life specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and therapeutic recreation consultants. Procedures or follow-up appointments will be booked with members from your child’s team of specialists according to their care plan.

Our Commitment to You

We are committed to ensuring your child thrives at home, school and in their community. This includes providing your family with the highest quality of care, access to our in-house clinical services, traditional inpatient services and any other professional support services related to your child’s treatment plan.

Pediatric Specialty Care at Shriners Children's Southern California

Shriners Children’s Southern California offers specialized care for a range of pediatric orthopedic conditions. As part of our comprehensive approach to care, we offer orthotics and prosthetics to children with conditions requiring braces, artificial arms and legs, and other adaptive devices. Our care center also specializes in pediatric plastic surgery and the treatment of burn care, scar revision, cleft lip and palate care and a variety of other special health care needs.

Burn Care

patient playing ukeleleShriners Children’s Southern California is a leading facility for pediatric burn treatment. Our in-house resources and specialists allow us to provide children with an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to burn reconstruction and care.

When it comes to burns, treatment needs can vary quite a bit, so our specialists work with you to develop a care plan that best suits your child's needs. Beyond medical procedures, you can expect your child’s plan to include physical therapy and emotional support specialists as part of their treatment and recovery process.

Cleft Lip and Palate Care

male patient playing with child's toyCleft lip and/or cleft palate occurs in approximately one out of every 700 births. This condition is a result of the tissue in your child's lip and/or mouth not fully forming during pregnancy.

If your child has a cleft lip and/or cleft palate, we offer specialized surgical repair which can help prevent problems associated with their condition(s). Our treatment plans and surgeries can help regulate your child's breathing, speaking, and eating abilities, and enhance the reconstruction of their facial tissue for an improved cosmetic appearance.

Fracture Care and Sports Injuries

boy holding a footballIf your child has experienced a fracture or sports-related injury our team of specialists is available to provide casting, surgery, follow-up assessments and rehabilitation.

Fracture care is provided to children and families on a referral basis. So, if your child has experienced a fracture, they must first be seen by a physician, urgent care center or an emergency room doctor. The physician can then arrange an appointment through our referral process. Our medical center does not offer emergency room or urgent care services for fractures or injuries.

Orthopedic Care

male patient on crutches during therapy sessionShriners Children's Southern California is equipped to provide care for children with a wide range of orthopedic conditions. Our surgeons and specialists are regional leaders in pediatric orthopedic care.

If your child has an orthopedic condition that requires specialized treatment, we work with you to design a comprehensive care plan unique to their condition. This plan can include surgery, rehabilitation, treatment and psychological support. Our team is committed to ensuring that your child receives an optimal outcome as a result of undergoing orthopedic care at our facility.

Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services

patient during prosthetic leg therapy sessionThe Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS) team is devoted to designing braces, prosthetic arms and legs, and adaptive devices that give children the ability to pursue their dreams.

When you and your child visit our POPS team, it is more than measurements and mechanics. It is about your child sharing their hopes and dreams and providing our team with information specific to them. These personalized details about your child's activities and lifestyle allow our technicians to return to the lab and design a perfect fit just for them.

Plastic, Reconstructive and Laser Surgery

female patientOur facility has a world-class team of specialists who perform plastic, reconstructive and laser surgery for scars, cleft lip and palate and burn-related injuries. Our specialists are also highly-trained and experienced in a wide range of reconstructive surgery on skin conditions, ear and hand abnormalities and injuries.

If your child requires plastic, reconstructive or laser surgery for their condition, our team will work with you to develop a plan which focuses on providing optimal healing and the best possible outcome available.

Scoliosis and Spine Care

patient and physician having a discussionOur team of pediatric orthopedic specialists provide treatment for a variety of spinal conditions including scoliosis. Our individualized treatment plans include some of the most advanced and innovative techniques in surgical and non-surgical spine care available.

If your child has scoliosis or a spine condition, our team of specialists will perform a comprehensive assessment, then work with you to develop a plan that covers all aspects of your child's care. Treatment for spine conditions can vary, so your child's care plan may include surgery, rehabilitation, psychological support or other forms of specialized care.

Hand and Upper Extremity

orthotist/prosthetist measures patient handOur specialized team provides complex, compassionate care for children with disorders that affect the hand, elbow and shoulder including painful joints, fractures or cerebral palsy.

If your child has a disorder that affects the hand or upper extremity, our team of specialists will perform a comprehensive assessment, then work with you to develop a plan that covers all aspects of your child's care. Treatment for hand and upper extremity care can vary, so your child's plan may include surgery, occupational therapy and rehabilitation.

We Understand the Unique Medical Needs of Children

We provide vital, pioneering treatment from birth to age 18. Here, children have the opportunity to be evaluated and treated by doctors recognized as the best by their peers.