From toddlers to teenagers, kids of all ages seek the care and expertise of the Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS) at Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Northern California. With more than 175 years of combined experience, the POPS team is devoted to designing braces, artificial arms and legs, and adaptive devices that give children the ability to pursue their dreams. The specially trained orthotic and prosthetic specialists take the time to get to know each child. A visit to POPS is about more than measurements and mechanics. It’s about sharing hopes and dreams, and providing information that allows the technicians to return to the lab and design the perfect fit. For the teen attending her first prom, it may be a prosthetic leg that slips into high heels. For the aspiring violinist, it is the adaptive device that allows him to grip the bow. In all instances, it is a case of building ability.
For first time patients, learn more here.
For existing patients, please call 916.453.2170.
“We have designed prosthetic devices that allow young boys and girls to play musical instruments and prosthetic legs that enable them to compete in baseball, basketball and other sports. We even designed a prosthetic leg for a young woman who wanted to wear high heels to the prom. Our orthotic specialists design braces for children with scoliosis, an array of ankle and leg braces and much more.” – Dan Munoz, POPS Manager
The individual attention given each patient extends to the entire team of professionals working in concert at the Shriners regional pediatric medical center in Sacramento.
Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Specialists (POPS)
Patients seen by doctors in the Shriners Hospital clinic are seen by POPS on the same day. No time is lost scheduling a special appointment or driving to a different facility. The POPS shop is conveniently located on the second floor of the hospital.
All devices are custom designed and fabricated inside the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Sacramento, making for efficient delivery. No precious time is lost waiting for an outside delivery, and having the lab on-site allows the technicians to make necessary adjustments on the spot.
The orthotic and prosthetic specialists work side-by-side with physicians in the clinic and coordinate directly with physical and occupational therapists to ensure that the device they design is the right fit.
Continuity of Care
At Shriners Hospitals for Children, care continues from birth through adulthood, allowing all clinicians – from doctors to prosthetists – to evaluate all phases of a child’s growth and development. The long-term relationships between patients, parents and healthcare providers results in more personal, higher-quality care.
Access to an on-site, state-of-the-art motion analysis lab allows the POPS team to get real data needed to evaluate effectiveness of each device and then make adjustments, if necessary.
The POPS team is actively involved in research that directly impacts pediatric orthotic and prosthetic care. Three studies underway are investigating ways to improve outcomes for children with scoliosis, pectus and club foot.
The POPS team is a regional leader in scoliosis and club foot bracing. The team designs and fabricates more than 350 scoliosis braces and 200 club foot braces each year.
To ensure that patients receive the finest quality of care, the Shriners Hospitals for Children POPS maintains that highest standards set by the American Board for Certification. Since 1948, the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics has accredited only those facilities that comply with business, environmental and patient care standards that guarantee appropriate quality care for all patients. POPS holds the distinction of having American Board for Certification Facility Accreditation.
The POPS team is actively involved in the Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC). Founded in 1978, ACPOC is a multidisciplinary professional organization striving to be the primary resource for prosthetic and orthotic care for children and adolescents with orthopedic impairment through team collaboration, education, and research. The origins of ACPOC go back over 50 years when the National Academy of Sciences formed the Prosthetic Research and Development Committee to raise the to raise the standard of prosthetic care for children in the United States by:
• Evaluating experimental components
• Disseminating information
• Establishing criteria for clinics