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Patients come here from around the world for their scoliosis treatment. We're happy to be able to provide world-class care for them and for our local patients.
--Spinal Program Team, Orthopedic Center
If your child has been diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis, we know that you and your family are under stress. So, at Boston Children’s Hospital, we’ll approach your child’s treatment with sensitivity and support—for your child and your whole family.
You can have peace of mind knowing that the team in the Boston Children’s Spinal Program has treated many children with spinal problems—some of which are so rare that few pediatric doctors have come across them—and we can offer you expert diagnosis, treatment and care. Scoliosis is not usually a life-threatening condition, and most children grow up to lead normal, active lives.
“Idiopathic” simply means that there is no definite cause for a given disease or condition. Idiopathic scoliosis is a condition in which the child’s 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 rotated or twisted, pulling the ribs along with it to form a multidimensional curve.
Idiopathic scoliosis is the most common form of the condition, and it mainly affects adolescent girls.
Boston Children’s Spinal Program is known for clinical innovation, research and leadership. As a world center for the treatment of scoliosis—including a deep experience in treating infantile(early-onset) scoliosis—we’ll provide your child with the most advanced diagnostics and treatments—several of which were developed by our own researchers and clinicians.
One of the first comprehensive programs, Boston Children’s Orthopedic Center is the largest and busiest pediatric orthopedic surgery center in the United States, performing more than 6,000 surgical procedures each year. And every year, our orthopedic surgeons perform more than 300 spine procedures on babies, children, adolescents and young adults. Our program, ranked among the top in the country by U.S.News & World Report, is the nation’s preeminent care center for children and young adults with developmental, congenital, neuromuscular and post-traumatic problems of the musculoskeletal system.
We take a team approach to the treatment and care of idiopathic scoliosis:
The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”