The Orthopaedic Shriners Hospitals


When the Shriners opened their first orthopaedic hospitals in 1922, they committed themselves to caring for children with orthopaedic problems.

Shriners Hospitals were among the first children’s specialty orthopaedic hospitals in North America, and their pioneering efforts earned them an international reputation. Through the years, with the discovery of the polio vaccine and other medical breakthroughs, orthopaedic medicine has changed and become more complex, and Shriners Hospitals have concentrated their efforts on specialized orthopaedic care and research. Today, these ‘Centres of Excellence’ are major referral hospitals where specialized and complicated orthopaedic problems are treated.

Some of the orthopaedic problems most commonly treated at Shriners Hospitals include the following:

  • Scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and spinal deformities.
  • Clubfoot and related deformities.
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease).
  • Spina Bifida / myelodysplasia
  • Skeletal growth abnormalities.
  • Neuromuscular disorders.
  • Hand and Back  problems.
  • Hip disorders.
  • Orthopaedic problems of cerebral palsy.
  • Limb length discrepancies.
  • Leg length discrepancies.
  • Metabolic bone disease.
  • Legg-Perthes disease.
  • Rickets
  • Clef Pallet