Spinal Program | Overview

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Contact the Spinal Program

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  • International: +1-617-355-5209
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Few hospitals in the world see as many pediatric patients with scoliosis and other spinal conditions as the Orthopedic Center’s Spinal Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. As one of the largest referral centers in the country, our specialists see more than 9,000 patients and perform more than 300 spinal operations each year.

Our multidisciplinary team brings together a rich history of pediatric spinal care and specializes in all facets of treatment for scoliosis and other spinal problems, including non-surgical, minimally invasive, selective fusion and instrumentation.


Boston Children’s has led the way in non-surgical scoliosis treatment for decades. Our researchers developed the Boston Brace, the most widely used scoliosis brace, more than 40 years ago.

We have led practice-changing, multicenter research comparing operative vs. non-operative treatment for scoliosis. In 2007, Boston Children’s orthopedic center team joined the Bracing in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Trial (BrAIST), which was the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded clinical study designed to assess the effectiveness of bracing scoliosis patients. Results published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Sept. 19, 2013, provided strong evidence for the value of bracing patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

Our Spinal Program delivers patient-centered, cost-effective care with access to physicians, nurses, orthotists (who create braces for scoliosis treatment), physical therapists and social workers. We see patients at our locations in Boston, Lexington, Peabody and Waltham — all in Massachusetts.

We’ll make your visit as convenient as possible and develop an individualized treatment program for your child that continues into adulthood. Our scoliosis team uses an array of tools and techniques to boost brace compliance, because wearing the brace for the prescribed number of hours per day plays a significant role in scoliosis treatment success.

Our doctors are at the forefront of cutting-edge research and innovation, including being involved in the early development of the VEPTR™ (Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib) for treatment of thoracic insufficiency syndrome in skeletally immature patients. They are early adopters of MAGEC (MAGnetic Expansion Control) System, an adjustable growing rod system that uses magnetic technology and a remote control to non-invasively lengthen the device. When used in appropriate patients, the device may reduce the number of surgeries children with spinal deformities must undergo.

Watch our videos about how Boston Children's treats scoliosis.

Read about some of our scoliosis patients.

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.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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