Pediatric Treatment of Spinal Disorders

Evaluation of patients with spinal disorders includes:

  • Functional goal assessment
  • Orthopedic evaluation
  • Urologic testing
  • Education
  • Close follow-up by a pediatric neurosurgeon to assess for complications related to hydrocephalus, tethered spinal cord, or Chiari malformation

Children with spinal disorders need to learn to adapt to their physical limitations as they grow. Often the use of crutches, braces or wheelchairs, can help children achieve more independence. With new techniques, children also can learn to be independent with their bladder and bowel function.

Because of the neurologic problems that result from the damage to the spinal cord, people with spinal disorders may need multiple surgeries and extensive medical care. Our goal is to use a team approach to improve communication between the members of our team, the family and the primary care physician.