Treating Children in Need for Over 100 Years
As one of the oldest and most comprehensive Pediatric Orthopaedic Programs in the country, Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital was established in 1911 to treat children with orthopaedic problems. The Los Angeles Orthopaedic Outpatient Medical Center provides approximately 120 Children's Clinics monthly, with over 50,000 patient visits a year. The Clinics provides comprehensive treatment for the entire spectrum of children's orthopaedic disorders. Specialized Clinics treat neuromuscular disorders such as muscular dystrophy, spina bifida and cerebral palsy; lower extremity disorders, hand and wrist and foot and ankle problems. Other Clinics treat fractures (trauma) and congenital disorders such as scoliosis, hip dislocation and clubfoot. hemophilia, sickle cell, and bone and soft tissue tumors.
Early intervention and effective treatment of pediatric disorders can prevent crippling deformities and arthritis in children so they can look forward to active lives. While Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital (LAOH) physicians treat the entire range of pediatric orthopaedic problems, the following lists some of the more specialized and unique disorders treated.
Scoliosis & Spine Deformities
Scoliosis: a curvature of the spine that can occur in adolescents and in young children. Early diagnosis and appropriate management of care may prevent the need for surgery. Spina Bifida: when the vertebrae and/or the spinal cord of the fetus does not develop properly. It is one of the most common birth defects -- occurring in two out of every 1,000 babies born in the United States. While the condition is permanent, early treatment is urged to a void further spinal and neurological damage.
Congenital/Development Hip Disorders
Typical conditions treated include Congenital Hip Dislocation, Congenital Coxa Vara, Legg Calve Perthes Disease, Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis, Developmental Hip Abnormalities, Fractures and Post-traumatic Hip Abnormalities, Adolescent Hip Pain, and tumors from simple cysts to Fibrous Dysplasia and malignancies.
Neuromuscular diseases such as Cerebral Palsy and Muscular Dystrophy are managed by a team of specialists, including orthopaedic surgeons, pediatricians, therapists and orthotists. Goals for treatment are outlined, plans are developed, and braces or surgical procedures are then used to achieve these goals.
Hand & Wrist Disorders
Our specialized orthopaedists treat the entire spectrum of hand and wrist disorders from birth defects to trauma and sports injuries. Many congenital hand defects can be corrected in children as young as six to nine months of age. With early diagnosis and treatment, hand function can be restored and the overall appearance of the hand can be improved.
Foot & Ankle Disorders
Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital has specialists that focus on foot disorders including Clubfoot (where the hindfoot and forefoot are turned in) and Flatfoot Neurological foot conditions.
Children with fractures can be evaluated and treated by an orthopaedic specialist and emergency medicine physician at the Orthopaedic Medical Center Urgent Care. The Urgent Care is adjacent to the Orthopaedic Hospital Outpatient Medical Center on the downtown Los Angeles campus. The Urgent Care is open from daily. After emergent fracture treatment (casts, closed reductions or surgery), children under 18 years of age receive their follow-up care in the Children's Fracture Clinic in the Orthopaedic Hospital Outpatient Medical Center. LAOH proudly partners with Kaiser Permanente to provide a weekly fracture clinic at our Los Angeles Orthopaedic Outpatient Medical Center. Patients seeking care at LAOH are seen by Kaiser residents and fellows who are supervised by Kaiser attending physicians. The Kaiser Fracture Clinic serves two vital purposes, it reduces the wait time for patients in need of timely fracture care and it provides vital medical education, both of which are key components of LAOH's mission. This clinic is generously supported by the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Grants Program.
Founded in 1962, the Musculoskeletal Tumor Program was the first of its kind in the western United States. The tumor staff provides comprehensive care for children with benign and malignant musculoskeletal and metastatic tumors involving bone and soft tissue. The Program is one of the few centers in the nation dedicated specifically to musculoskeletal tumors with a team that includes oncologic surgeons, chemotherapists, pathologists, radiation therapists, electron microscopists, radiologists, social workers and nurse specialists.
Hemophilia Treatment Center
The Hemophilia Treatment Center (HTC) is the only one of the its kind in the world providing comprehensive medical and surgical treatment of the complications from hemophilia and other blood disorders. The HTC program sees people of all ages, from children to adults.
Los Angeles Orthopaedic Medical Center
2400 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA USA 90007
Appointments: Phone (213) 741-8330 Fax (213) 741-8338