Spinal Program Meeting Social-emotional Needs

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Operative and non-operative management of scoliosis and other spinal deformities can be emotionally challenging for patients and their families.

Boston Children’s Orthopedic Center’s team includes two social workers. Services provided by the social workers include assessment of psycho-social and adjustment needs and referral to resources.

The social workers also can connect patients preparing for or recovering from spinal fusion surgery to the Family to Family support program. Based in the Center for Families, the program matches prospective patients and their families with patients, 16 and older, and their parents who have been trained to offer informal confidential support.

To learn more about Family to Family services, please email FamilytoFamily@childrens.harvard.edu.

Non-operative patients can contact the social work team for psycho-social support related to common scoliosis concerns.

Curvy Girls is a network of peer-to-peer support groups for teens with scoliosis. Click here to find a group in your area.

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