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At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston, we know that children have different needs than adults. Their young bodies are still in the process of maturing so they require unique, specialized care. Our team in Houston has the expertise and resources to focus on individual conditions in the growing child to provide skilled and personalized non-operative and operative treatment. In orthopaedics, we have surgeons dedicated to the care of children with complex musculoskeletal conditions, involving the upper extremities, lower extremities and spine. Our specialized team treats a wide range of orthopaedic conditions from simple fractures to the most complicated congenital anomalies and deformities.

Specialists with pediatric expertise in the following fields support our team of orthopaedic surgeons in the comprehensive care management of patients’ underlying orthopaedic problems:

  • Anesthesia
  • Genetics
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Plastic surgery
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Urology

The Houston Shriners Hospital has outstanding physical and occupational therapy and orthotics and prosthetics departments. Our nationally recognized, state-of-the-art motion analysis laboratory rounds out the care we provide to our orthopaedic patients.

Collaborative approach to care

Our treatments and innovations have evolved over the past 90 years, but our philosophy has never changed – to provide the best orthopaedic care and patient service possible in order to improve the quality of life for our patients. As a team working with parents, our goal is to assist each child physically, emotionally and socially. All care and services are provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay. We are committed to supporting children and their families every step of the way.

Orthopaedic care for hand and upper extremities

The Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston hand and upper extremity program provides comprehensive care for infants, children and adolescents with a wide range of complex hand and upper limb conditions (shoulder, arm, elbow and wrist).

We provide multidisciplinary care involving occupational and physical therapy, splinting, casting and reconstructive surgeries for conditions, which include:

  • Birth defects
    • Arthrogryposis (congenital contractures)
    • Missing limb deficiencies such as radial club hand and ulnar club hand
    • Polydactyly (extra fingers)
    • Symbrachydactyly (missing fingers)
    • Syndactyly (webbed fingers)
  • Cerebral palsy affecting shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand function
  • Chronic pain in the arm/hand
  • Fractures and nerve injuries
  • Growth disorders in the upper limb
  • Primary and sequelae of brachial plexus injuries
  • Soft tissue damage including amputation
  • Spinal cord or brachial plexus issues due to spinal cord injury

In the upper extremity clinic, we deliver care in a compassionate, reassuring environment considering the needs of the child and family as a whole. We strive to help children with upper limb conditions become active, independent individuals.

Learn more about the hand and upper extremity program.

Orthopaedic care for lower extremities

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston offers comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and non-operative and operative management for infants, children and adolescents with complex disorders of the lower extremities. No matter the cause of a lower extremity condition, our goal is to provide comprehensive care that improves all aspects of life.

Lower extremity conditions treated:

  • Cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular diseases
  • Arthrogryposis and other congenital contracture syndromes
  • Chest wall deformities (pectus carinatum and excavatum)
  • Clubfoot and other congenital and acquired foot deformities
  • Hip conditions
  • Limb deficiencies of the hip, femur, tibia, fibula and foot
  • Limb length discrepancies
  • Orthopaedic differences due to genetic conditions
  • Orthotics and prosthetics for limb positioning and deficiencies
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease)
  • Post-fracture complications
  • Rachitic/metabolic bone-related diseases
  • Skeletal dysplasias and short stature
  • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) and Legg-Calvé-Perthes

Orthopaedic care for scoliosis and other spine conditions

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston offers an extensive spinal deformity program. Treatment for a spinal condition, including scoliosis, varies depending on the cause of the disorder and progression of the spinal curve.

The medical staff includes two orthopaedic surgeons; highly skilled and highly trained in spinal deformities. They are from the faculty of first-class teaching institutions in the Texas Medical Center. They specialize in procedures including:

  • Bracing
  • Growing rods
  • Spinal fusion

Scoliosis and spine care conditions treated include:

  • Infantile scoliosis, syndromic scoliosis
  • Juvenile/adolescent idiopathic, neuromuscular and congenital scoliosis
  • Scheuermann’s kyphosis, kyphosis
  • Skeletal dysplasias

Orthopaedic care for sports injuries

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston offers treatment for all orthopaedic injuries in athletes up to 18 years of age. Specialists are available for consultation in the following areas:

  • Neck and back injuries
  • Shoulder instability
  • Elbow problems
  • Hand and wrist injuries
  • Hip and pelvis pain
  • Knee injuries including ACL tears, torn cartilage and kneecap problems
  • Ankle and foot injuries

Services provided by our hospital’s sports medicine program include:

  • Evaluation by orthopaedic specialists
  • X-rays
  • MRI or other imaging studies, if needed
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Braces, splints, casts and orthotics if prescribed
  • Orthopaedic surgery including hospitalization and anesthesia

Other conditions not listed above are considered on a case-by-case basis with consideration given to the specialized care provided by this and other Shriners Hospitals for Children locations.

We understand that each child is special and we care for each accordingly. For every patient, our physicians aim to improve the body or limb's appearance and function, including alignment, strength and range of motion, with as little pain as possible. Highly individualized treatment plans consider the child's age, specific disorder and growth potential and patterns – both now and in the future. We combine compassionate care with conservative treatment, standard surgical procedures and cutting-edge technologies.

The medical team

Pediatric Orthopaedics and Lower Extremities
Douglas A. Barnes, M.D., Chief of Staff
Allison C. Scott, M.D.
Lindsay P. Stephenson, M.D.
Scott Rosenfeld, M.D.

Hand and Upper Extremities
Gloria Gogola, M.D.
Charlotte Alexander, M.D.
Courtney Amor, M.D.
Idris Gharbaoui, M.D.
Courtney Amor, M.D.

Scoliosis and Spine
Darrell Hanson, M.D.

Sports Medicine
Alfred Mansour, M.D.

Osteogenesis Imperfecta/Brittle Bone Disease
Tom Parr, M.D.

Metabolic Rickets
Mary Ruppe, M.D.
Byron York, M.D.

Thoracic/Chest Wall Deformities
Laurens Pickard, M.D.