Orthopedics

The Young Spine Program Conditions and Treatments

Mount Sinai’s Young Spine Program is recognized for our pioneering spinal condition treatments. Our doctors are at the forefront of treatments for these conditions, including spina bifida and scoliosis. With our team of esteemed clinical professionals, we are trained to examine and manage the most important part of the central nervous system: the spinal cord.

Our team of experts treats children of all ages with spinal conditions including:

  • Kyphosis
  • Spondylolysis/spondylolisthesis
  • Congenital spine conditions
  • Spina bifida
  • Neuromuscular scoliosis
  • Complex spinal deformities/revisions
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Spinal trauma
  • Spinal tumor

Treatments

Our team of pediatric and spine specialists will evaluate your child’s condition and work with you to choose the best course of treatment. Treatment options include non-operative and operative procedures.

Non-operative and Surgical Procedures

The type and severity of your child’s spinal condition will determine if they are able to benefit from non-operative approaches. Your doctor may monitor your child’s condition over time to determine if additional treatment is needed. Other therapies your doctor may recommend include participating in a non-invasive physical therapy known as the Schroth method or wearing a custom-fitted brace.

Our goal is to prevent further complications or injury.

If non-operative treatments are ineffective in treating your child’s spine, we may suggest a surgical solution. We will determine if your child is a good candidate for surgery. If spine surgery is recommended, our surgeons will help you select the treatment plan. Our dedicated spine surgeons will perform your child’s surgery with help from a spinal anesthesiologist, pediatric pain specialists, and a spinal cord monitoring service.

Surgical options to treat scoliosis include:

  • Non-fusion surgery
  • Selective fusion correction
  • Complex spine surgery for severe cases and revision operations
  • Incision closure by plastic surgeons