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Families seeking specialty orthopedic care for children come to Shriners Children’s.

Across our healthcare system, we offer the full spectrum of orthopedic treatments and services – from fracture care and casting for broken bones, to surgery and rehabilitation. We also provide low-dose radiology, motion analysis, bracing, casting, and orthotic and prosthetic services. All of these are complemented by our physical, occupational and recreational therapy programs. Families appreciate the convenience of a single source for treatment, and children benefit from the continuity of care and collaboration. With this collaborative approach, parents, patients and providers can all support the total care plan.

We’re proud that U.S. News & World Report ranked six of our locations among the "best children’s hospitals for orthopedics" in the United States in 2020. We celebrate the recognition of our individual physicians and researchers, as well. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, and the American Academy of Pediatrics are just a few of the organizations that have honored our staff.

Our pediatric orthopedic specialists gain much of their expertise through hands-on experience, individualized education and concentrated research with organizations including universities and companies in the private sector. As a result of this self-directed training, they’ve developed the elite skills to treat more than 100 orthopedic conditions.

Because Shriners Children’s provides all care and services regardless of a family’s ability to pay or insurance status, physicians and families are able to consider every appropriate treatment option available. Learn more below about the pediatric orthopedic conditions we treat and our commitment to the overall well-being of your child.

Specific treatments and services may vary by location. Please contact a specific location for more information.

Orthopedic Conditions Treated at Shriners Children’s

Our pediatric orthopedic physicians are among the most highly skilled and specialized in North America. The types of conditions we treat vary by location, and the following is not a complete list.

If you do not see your child’s condition, please search all orthopedic conditions or contact the Shriners Children's location nearest you.


Bone Defects/Disease

Bowed Legs


Finger Conditions

Foot Conditions


Hand Conditions

Hip Deformities

Knee Conditions

Leg-length Discrepancies

Miscellaneous Orthopedic Conditions

Neck Conditions

Shoulder Conditions

Spine Conditions

Toe Conditions

How We Support Your Child’s Total Health and Well-Being

Families and patients say that Shriners Children’s feels like home to them, and it's no wonder to us. We know that a child's needs go beyond the physical. Our care teams support their social, emotional and developmental health with patient programs and activities.

A few examples include:

Not all programs are available at every location. Contact your child’s care manager or any member of your child’s care team to learn more.

Orthopedics at Shriners Children's

Shriners Children's provides the highest level of specialized pediatric orthopedic care.
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- [Fran Farley] Shriners Children's provides the highest level of specialized pediatric orthopedic care. Our children's orthopedic hospitals, clinics and other outpatient locations are home to a world renowned team of board certified pediatric orthopedic surgeons. These are physicians who have devoted their careers to transforming children's lives. We are committed to providing progressive treatment options anchored in the latest groundbreaking research.

- [Michelle James] Well, pediatric orthopedics is the care of kids musculoskeletal conditions. So virtually anything involving their joints, their bones, their muscles. We see kids with congenital malformations, things they were born with. We see kids with injuries, fractures, or sports injuries. And then we have, sort of, the body part divisions, you know, surgeons who take care of the spine, surgeons who take care of hands and upper extremities.

- [Claire Beimesch] We treat a variety of issues in kids and we treat fractures. We do treat cerebral palsy and spina bifida. And then we treat kids with simple things like in-toeing or genu varum or bow-leggedness. So we really see the gamut, I mean, pediatric orthopedists are the last general orthopedic surgeons we like to say.

- [Kevin Martin] Kids who come here view this as a life experience, not a one-time event. They become part of our team, part of our family. We can follow them from infancy clear until they're adults and help to transition them into adult healthcare.

- [Rolando Roberto] Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine. The most common type we see is the idiopathic type. We can cure congenital scoliosis with small estuaries when the kids are small to prevent them from becoming again, kind of, in the more life-threatening spinal deformities.

- Our main goal here is to take care of the patients that have sports related injuries, chronic injuries or deformities that may need some stabilization or things that will allow them to return to sports and athletic participation.

- [Kristin Maguire] Hospitals can be scary places for kids and we help them through those difficult challenges whether it's just a regular appointment and providing some toys that help ease the stress because play is a universal language for kids. You wanna make a difference in their lives and in their family's lives. I mean, we help parents also and siblings that come. It's a family centered approach that we have.

- It's definite team approach. So certainly if there's a child who's interested in doing a limb length, having a limb deformity surgery, we actually have them come on a special day where they meet the whole team. And then we all sit down together to discuss what issues this patient may encounter and how we as a team can help them through this process.

- [Fran Farley] All patients and families, regardless of their medical condition or needs can expect to benefit from the experience of a multidisciplinary team dedicated to the needs of your child. Our staff helps ensure patients receive an optimal outcome by providing all aspects of care including rehabilitation, treatment, support, and education, following all necessary protocols to ensure families have a safe and positive experience. We all want what's best for our children. So I encourage you to explore the care options Shriners children's offers. Learn about our innovative approach to pediatric orthopedics and our internationally recognized doctors. I truly believe there isn't a healthcare system out there like ours.
The hospital feels like home to me. I love being around other kids who are overcoming obstacles in life like me.
Haylie, Northern California
orthotist and patient work on prosthetic leg

More than Measurements and Mechanics

With every brace, artificial limb and adaptive device we design and fabricate, there's the story of a child. Our patients want to feel comfortable and to look good; to play with friends and to be active. Our accredited orthotic and prosthetic specialists make that happen.

Innovative Treatments

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Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopic surgery, also known as arthroscopy, is a procedure used to diagnose and treat joint conditions. Shriners Children's pediatric orthopedic surgeons treat a variety of conditions with this minimally invasive surgery option.


Shriners Children's multidisciplinary team includes orthotists who create braces to meet the individual need of each child – whether to treat a complex condition or common injury.


Shriners Children's care team specializes in putting children at ease during casting, a common treatment for fractures.

Growing Rods

Shriners Children's provides growing rods for children who have not reached skeletal maturity. They are placed along the spine to correct a spinal curve and allow continued growth of the spine.

Laser Surgery

Shriners Children's uses innovative laser surgery to treat scars, resulting in the best outcomes and overall experience for your child.

Limb Lengthening

Shriners Children's experienced pediatric orthopedic surgeons are known throughout the country and the world for their skill in performing limb lengthening surgeries.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy at Shriners Children's helps children build confidence and strength, focusing on what is important to them and what they love to do in their daily lives.

Reconstructive Surgery

Shriners Children’s provides innovative, personalized care for children with reconstructive needs.

Next Steps

Request an Appointment

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