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About Shriners Hospitals for Children — St. Louis

Shriners Hospital for Children – St. Louis specializes in providing pediatric specialty care for children with orthopaedic conditions. Since 1924, the St. Louis hospital has helped children from around the world, thanks to the support of Shriners and partnering individuals and organizations. In conjunction with Washington University School of Medicine, we attract the top pediatric orthopaedic surgeons in the nation and excel in our mission to provide the best care to children, regardless of the families' ability to pay.

Our Patients and Families Tell It Best

"We wish we would have known to come to Shriners first. We have all the confidence in the world with this team."
Martha - Mom of an Ellipse Nail Patient

"Connor absolutely loves coming to the hospital. The team makes it so much fun for him that he doesn't want to go home! They make childhood a part of their treatment."
Meagan - Mom of a Taylor Spatial Frame Patient

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  • Activity:

    1. Standing and walking on surgical leg is encouraged! Crutches/walker are for comfort and balance only and may be weaned as able.
    2. Home exercise program twice daily.
    3. May use ankle weights and resistance bands under PT guidance.
    4. May pedal stationary bike, walk on treadmill, use elliptical as tolerated.
    5. It is safe and generally well-tolerated to lift from the external fixator rings when assisting patient in moving leg.

External Fixators

Rehab information for our Taylor Spatial Frame, Ilizarov, and TL-HEX patients.

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  • Therapy is a must! Twice a day at home and three times a week with a therapist (once during clinic appointment and twice with private therapist).
  • Shower every day to care for pin sites.
  • Avoid all nonsteroidal medications such as Motrin, Advil, Aleve and Naproxen.
  • You may swim in a chlorinated pool.
  • Weekly clinic visits are necessary at first to check on your progress.

For any questions or concerns, contact Jill Hahn, Clinical Coordinator:

314-432-3600 x1300 or

  • Jessalyn Hyatt

    Child Life Therapist

Where to call with questions or concerns

Tracy Przybylski, PT
Physical Therapist
Limb Reconstruction and Lengthening
314-432-3600, ext. 1138

Jill Hahn, Clinical Coordinator
Limb Reconstruction and Lengthening