Spinal Program

Comprehensive care for spinal conditions

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 programs in the country, our specialists see more than 9,000 spine patients and perform more than 300 spinal operations each year. Through our collaboration with Boston Children’s Department of Neurosurgery, our specialists provide comprehensive care for all spinal conditions.

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Experience and specialization

Our multidisciplinary team offers unparalleled breadth and depth of experience and brings together a rich history of pediatric spinal care. We specialize in all facets of treatment for scoliosis and other spinal problems, including non-surgical, minimally invasive, selective fusion and instrumentation. Our specialists pair surgical expertise with compassionate family-centered care.

Leading the way in spinal care

Our Spinal Program team is at the forefront of leading-edge research and innovation, including involvement in the early development of the Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib (VEPTR™) for treatment of thoracic insufficiency syndrome in skeletally immature patients. They are early adopters of MAGnetic Expansion Control (MAGEC) System, an adjustable growing rod system that uses magnetic technology and a remote control to non-invasively lengthen the device. When used in certain patients, the device may reduce the number of surgeries children with spinal deformities must undergo. Boston Children’s has also 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.