Orthopedics

The Young Spine Program Conditions and Treatments

Mount Sinai Health System’s Young Spine Program uses the latest and most effective procedures to correct your child’s spinal condition. Our shared goal is helping your child enjoy a fully active life.

We specialize in treating children of all ages who have scoliosis or other spinal conditions:

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

Types of Treatments

Our expert teams of pediatric and spine specialists use the appropriate treatment for your child, including nonoperative and operative procedures.

Nonoperative Approaches

Depending on the type and extent of the spinal condition, your child’s doctor may prescribe regular observation to monitor any changes over time that may require treatment. In other instances, your doctor may suggest therapies that involve an exercise program or wearing a brace. These nonoperative courses of treatment may correct the spine:

  • Scoliosis-specific exercise therapy (the Schroth method)
  • Radiation-free diagnostic imaging (ScoliScan)
  • Custom-fit bracing

Surgical Procedures

If nonoperative treatment will not correct your child’s spine, we may suggest a surgical solution. We are committed to the quality and safety of your child’s care.  Our highly educated and experienced spine surgeons will perform your child’s surgery. Our surgical team will also include a dedicated attending spine anesthesiologist, pediatric pain specialists, and a spinal cord monitoring service.

To treat scoliosis, we offer a full range of surgical options to meet your family’s expectations and goals:

  • Non-fusion surgery
  • Correction with selective fusion
  • Complex spine surgery for severe cases and revision operations
  • Incision closure by plastic surgeons