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Spine care

Spine care

The medical team at Shriners Hospitals for Children — St. Louis treats spine conditions of all degrees – from a fatigue fracture in the lower spine that requires careful monitoring to congenital kyphosis. They respond to the individual needs of each patient and work to achieve the best possible outcomes through advanced surgical care, therapy and research.

More about spine conditions we treat:

Neck

Torticollis is a rotational deformity of the cervical spine which causes turning, head tilting and deformity of the head. It is also known as “wryneck.” Conservative treatment involves manipulating and stretching, cervical traction or collar, and medications that prevent pain and spasticity. In some cases, surgical intervention is needed to release soft tissue structures or clipping of accessory nerves and some nerve roots.

Tethered spinal cord is a neurological disorder caused by tissue attachments that limit the movement of the spinal cord in the spinal column. This condition is often seen in conjunction with spina bifida. Treatment for this condition is surgery.

Spine

Kyphosis is an abnormally rounded back. Treatment may include physical therapy. Surgery may be necessary for a severe curve or if the spinal cord is being pinched.

Lordosis is an exaggerated swayed back. Treatment may include physical therapy or bracing. Surgery may be necessary for severe cases.

Scheuermann’s disease is a more severe form of kyphosis, or abnormal rounding of the back. Treatment may include physical therapy or bracing. Surgery may be necessary for a severe curve or if the spinal cord is being pinched.

Scoliosis is a progressive condition causing the spine to curve. Treatment may include bracing with custom orthoses made in-house. Surgery or halo-gravity traction may be necessary for severe cases.

Spondylosis is a defect or crack in the back part of the vertebra, which causes back pain. Spondylosis can occur in the cervical (neck) or lumbar (low back) spine areas. Treatment for spondylosis may include medication, steroid injections, physical therapy or bracing. Surgery may be necessary to prevent further slipping.

Spondylolisthesis is the slipping forward of a vertebra over a lower segment, which causes back pain. Treatment for spondylolisthesis may include medication, steroid injections, physical therapy or bracing. Surgery may be necessary to prevent further slipping.