Spinal Program | Conditions and Treatments

Congenital Scoliosis

What is congenital scoliosis? Congenital scoliosis is the least common of the three main types of scoliosis. It’s a condition that a baby is born with, although it may not be diagnosed until the child...

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Idiopathic Scoliosis

What is idiopathic scoliosis? Idiopathic scoliosis is one of three different types of scoliosis that causes a lateral curvature of the spine. “Idiopathic,” which means that there is no definite cause,...

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The curves of the spine Just as the shapes of peoples' bodies differ, the normal spine varies in size and shape. You may have been told to stand up straight, but no one's spine is perfectly straight....

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If your child or teen has been diagnosed with kyphosis (also known as hyper-kyphosis), we know that you and your family are concerned. At Boston Children’s Hospital, we’ll approach your child’s...

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Neuromuscular Scoliosis

What is neuromuscular scoliosis? Neuromuscular scoliosis is one of three main types of scoliosis that causes an irregular curvature of the spine. It is the second most common form of scoliosis and is...

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What is scoliosis? Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine — in addition to the normal front to back curvature — has an abnormal side-to-side “S”- or “C”-shaped curvature. The spine is also...

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Spina Bifida

What is spina bifida? Spina bifida — a term that means “split spine” — is a condition that occurs when the brain, spinal cord or the membranes that cover them (meninges) do not completely develop. It...

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Spinal Cord Injury

The spinal cord serves not just one critical function, but several. A compact but extremely powerful package of nerves, it works with the brain to transmit important messages that are responsible for...

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Spinal Fracture

A spinal cord fracture is a break to the cervical, thoracic and/or lumbar vertebrae. The spinal column is made up of many individual bony rings called vertebrae, joined together by muscles and...

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Spine problems

If your baby or child has been diagnosed with a spinal problem — from a complex congenital (present at birth) condition to a less severe overuse injury — we know that you and your family are under...

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At Boston Children's Hospital, we know that adolescents who have been diagnosed with an overuse injury such as spondylolysis often feel frustrated about the disruption in their normal athletic...

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