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Spine and scoliosis

Spine and scoliosis

The specialized team at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California treats spine conditions of all degrees – from a fatigue fracture in the lower spine that requires careful monitoring to a congenital kyphosis that can lead to paralysis. The medical team responds to the individual needs of each patient and works to achieve the best possible outcomes through leading-edge surgical care, therapy and research.

Spine conditions treated include:

  • Kyphosis
  • Scoliosis – congenital, idiopathic and neuromuscular
  • Spondylolysis/spondylolisthesis

Collaborative approach to care

Patients benefit from the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of professionals that includes:

  • Pediatric physiatrists
  • Pediatric anesthesiologists
  • Pediatric intensive care specialists
  • Nurses
  • Physical therapists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Orthotists

Throughout the Northern California Shriners Hospital, professionals work collaboratively to provide patients and parents with easy access to care. Orthotists custom design and fabricate braces on-site. Physical therapists work side-by-side with doctors. The entire team embraces a family-centered approach to care that distinguishes the pediatric spine program at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California.

The medical team

Eric O. Klineberg, M.D., Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon
Joel Lerman, M.D., Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
Debra Popejoy, M.D., Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
Rolando F. Roberto, M.D., Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon
Prarthana Mysore, PA, Physician Assistant

Spine research

Research initiatives include a scoliosis outcomes database registry, a study of Scheuermann’s kyphosis, bracing in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and pediatric spinal deformity. The multidisciplinary team works in concert to conduct orthopaedic clinical research. The team includes:

  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Therapists
  • Bio-mechanical engineers
  • Clinical research professionals
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