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Scoliosis & Spinal Deformities

Internationally recognized for our specialized care of children and adults with spine deformities, we provide surgical, nonsurgical, and conservative therapies all at one facility.

Spinal Deformities We Treat

Our spine experts, who are faculty members at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, are leaders in the field, treating a range of spinal deformities, including:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis deformity
  • Basilar invagination
  • Cervical spinal (neck) deformity
  • Kyphosis
  • Major spinal malalignments
  • Scoliosis
    • Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis
    • Adult idiopathic scoliosis
    • Congenital scoliosis
    • Degenerative lumbar scoliosis
    • Early onset scoliosis
    • Neuromuscular scoliosis
  • Spina bifida

Our Approach to Spinal Deformities

Our surgeons are renowned for performing complex spinal deformity surgery, especially reconstructive surgery in children and adults. Our surgeons pioneered the classification system used worldwide for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and the use of "thoracic pedicle screws" and other devices used during surgery to correct spinal deformities.

International leaders and innovators of various surgical techniques, including vertebral column resection and pedicle subtraction osteotomy, we are highly skilled in the treatment of the most challenging spinal deformities.

  • 3D Imaging. For our most complicated surgeries, we use three-dimensional computed tomography imaging data to create a life-size model of the deformed spine, so our surgeons can precisely plan the placement of screws and other techniques and instruments needed to align the spine. For scoliosis, we use radiation-free computer software and light patterns to generate three-dimensional information about the spine and posture within seconds. Using this technology, we can also evaluate spine curvature, stance, and gait while our patients are walking. These advanced imaging modalities allow us to pinpoint the anatomical reason for your condition and customize the treatment options available.
  • MAGEC. For children with early-onset scoliosis, we offer MAGEC™ (MAGnetic Expansion Control), a specialized procedure that allows children to have their spines aligned without repeated surgeries to adjust implanted growing rods. We also offer casting, bracing, vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib (VEPTR), growing rods, and spinal stapling for young people with scoliosis.
  • Prehab Therapy. To optimize the surgical result and to expedite recovery following surgery, we offer preoperative physical therapy — individualized assessment and exercises — to patients with a spinal deformity. Sessions may include strengthening, stretching, balance, and cardiopulmonary conditioning, or admitting a patient into the hospital before the surgery to offer halo-gravity traction (HGTx). HGTx is a technique proven to safely maximize deformity surgical correction that gradually unwinds the spinal column and spinal cord to accommodate the changes that will occur from surgery.
  • Physical Therapy. Following surgery, we offer patients physical therapy twice a day until the patient leaves the hospital. Physical therapy includes range of motion and strengthening exercise, mobility training, ambulation and patient education.


To learn more about our scoliosis specialists, visit our team page.

To request an appointment with a specialist, please call 844-697-2229.