Children's Orthopaedic Center

Dr. David Skaggs talking to young smiling girl in exam room

USNWR Best Children's Hospital - Orthopedics | Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Children who have orthopaedic problems receive the highest level of care at the Children’s Orthopaedic Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. We have the most comprehensive programs and services in the Western United States.

You can trust your child’s care to us. Our Center ranks fourth in the nation for pediatric orthopaedic programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. Your child receives care at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, rated one of the top five best children’s hospitals in the country. We consistently receive the highest rankings for patient satisfaction for pediatric medical centers.
 

Children’s Orthopaedic Center at CHLA: Why Choose Us

We are known for our expertise in diagnosing and treating children with all types of pediatric orthopaedic conditions. We also excel at the latest surgeries and therapies. Your family benefits from:

  • Leading experts: Our specialists have dedicated their careers to becoming the best in their respective orthopaedic fields. As professors at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, these physicians teach the next generation of doctors. Our doctors are actively involved in the latest research and treatments. Meet our team.
  • Team of specialists: Our collaborative team approach ensures we meet all of your child’s medical needs. Our orthopaedic specialists work with experts in neurology, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, radiology, orthotics, physical and occupational therapy and other fields.
  • Advanced surgical treatments: Our surgeons are nationally recognized for their skill at performing complex surgeries that get great results. Procedures include nerve transfers, joint preservation and replacement, and limb lengthening. We often help children who have been turned away by other centers.
  • Gait analysis: The John C. Wilson Jr. Sports and Motion Analysis Lab is the only accredited gait lab designed for children in Southern California. There are fewer than 20 of these labs in the country. Our specialists use gait lab data to develop effective treatment plans and monitor your child’s recovery. We also have the West Coast’s first mobile pediatric gait lab that travels to school and club teams.
  • Minimal radiation exposure: We protect your child’s health by minimizing X-ray radiation exposure. We were the first children’s medical center in Los Angeles County to offer EOS Imaging. This 3D, full-body X-ray system uses up to 95% less radiation than traditional imaging tests.
  • Promising new therapies: Your child may be able to try new devices or procedures still under development in clinical trials. We’re leaders in pediatric orthopaedic research with close to 200 clinical research studies taking place each year. Our doctors are active in global and national organizations to improve patient care and outcomes.
  • Easier access to care: When you come to CHLA, we get you in to see multiple specialists in the same day. Some of your child’s appointments can take place closer to home at one of our neighborhood specialty care centers. We have locations throughout Los Angeles County.


Our Locations

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Pediatric Orthopaedic Clinics and Programs

Our orthopaedic clinics and programs are designed to ensure your child receives well-rounded care from specialists in all relevant fields.

Our programs and services include:

Advanced Diagnostics

Information from X-rays and other tests helps our doctors customize treatments specific to your child’s unique needs. Depending on your child’s condition, we may use these advanced diagnostic tools:

Awards and Recognitions

U.S. News & World Report has consistently named CHLA as a top children’s hospital since starting its Best Children’s Hospital program in 1990. In 2020-21, we were ranked:

  • 4th in the country for pediatric orthopaedic programs
  • 5th in the country for top children’s hospitals
  • 1st in California for children’s hospitals

Other recognitions include:

  • Becker’s Healthcare 100 great American hospitals
  • Becker's Hospital Review 100 hospitals and health systems with great orthopaedic programs
  • Magnet Recognition for outstanding nursing care