Pediatric Spine Conditions We Treat

Our expert team of multidisciplinary specialists treats children of all ages with spinal disorders. Depending on your child’s diagnosis, recommended treatment may include observation, pain management, physical therapy, bracing, casting, or surgery for the following conditions:

Once considered an intractable and progressive disorder, today Chiari malformation type 1 can usually be effectively treated with surgery. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is a nationally recognized Chiari Destination Center. As part of his or her care, your child may be seen by our Pediatric Spine Center specialists in neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery to manage your child’s care as a team.

  • Craniocervical junction disorders
  • Diastematomyelia
  • Genetic disorders with scoliosis
  • Herniated discs
  • Herniated nucleus pulposus (HNP)
  • Klippel-Feil deformities
  • Kyphosis
  • Neuromuscular disorders such as muscular dystrophies
  • Os odontoideum
  • Spina bifida

At Packard Children’s, we have a dedicated multidisciplinary Spina Bifida Clinic that treats children born with this condition, in which there is abnormal development of the spine. Your child may be seen here at our Pediatric Spine Center, where we specialize in treating spina bifida associated with neuromuscular scoliosis or back pain.

  • Spinal arteriovenous malformations (AVMs)
  • Spinal cyst
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinal cord tumor
  • Spinal fluid leaks
  • Spine dysplasia
  • Spine fractures
  • Spondylolysis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tethered cord syndrome

Our Pediatric Spine Center specialists treat children with tethered cord syndrome, a rare neurological condition in which the spinal cord is attached (tethered) to the surrounding tissues of the spine. It is often associated with spina bifida and scoliosis. We offer team-based care from specialists in pain management, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, and physical therapy.