Many young people live with scoliosis and don't require aggressive treatment because their spine curvature is mild or does not cause serious back pain. However, an evaluation and treatment become necessary when postural abnormalities, pain or breathing problems develop. Duke pediatric spine surgeons offer the full range of nonsurgical options and the latest advances in growth-friendly spine surgeries including vertebral body tethering. We tailor our treatment recommendations to your child's unique anatomy and health needs.

Why Duke

Our pediatric spine surgeons have completed advanced training and are experienced diagnosing and treating many different types of scoliosis, including:

  • Neuromuscular scoliosis, a spinal deformity occurring in children with neuromuscular diseases such as cerebral palsy
  • Congenital scoliosis, an abnormality of the vertebra present at birth
  • Early-onset scoliosis, which refers to a side to side curve diagnosed before age 1
  • Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis which refers to a side to side curve diagnosed after age 10

We use a variety of tests to diagnose scoliosis. Your child's evaluation may include a type of X-ray called EOS imaging. This new system, which is only available in North Carolina at Duke, exposes your child to the least amount of radiation possible.

If surgery is required, your child will be cared for by some of the most experienced pediatric spine surgeons in North Carolina.  We regularly perform complex reconstruction surgeries using the latest technology in intraoperative imaging, which allows us to perform scoliosis surgery with precision. In addition to pediatric spine surgeons, your child's surgical team includes pediatric anesthesiologists, specialists in neurology and pulmonology and many others. We have a dedicated pediatric intensive care unit that caters exclusively to children, and a support staff to help them recover and rehabilitate quickly and safely.

As members of the Scoliosis Research Society, our pediatric spine surgeons are up to date on the latest information available.  We can also offer your child the opportunity to participate in clinical trials, which are currently exploring ways to improve mobility and recover faster following surgery. 

Surgical Options

Nonsurgical Options

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