Treating Your Child’s Scoliosis

Your child’s spine is central to their everyday health and happiness. That’s why, as part of the #4 pediatric orthopaedics program in the U.S., our team of scoliosis specialists collaborate in a single location to provide the best treatment for your child’s scoliosis.

The Crawford Spine Center at Cincinnati Children's

Cincinnati Children’s is ranked #4 in Orthopaedics in the 2019-20 Best Children’s Hospitals issue of U.S. News & World Report.

The Crawford Spine Center at Cincinnati Children’s has earned an international reputation for treating scoliosis, helping children and young adults from all over the world.

Each year, we evaluate thousands of children for scoliosis, and our specialists perform more than 200 surgical procedures.

Why Choose Us?

Many Specialists, One Goal

The Crawford Spine Center is built on a team approach. The center offers the first and only facility in the region that includes experts from several specialties who work closely together to evaluate, diagnose and treat your child’s scoliosis for the best possible outcome.

Peter F. Sturm, MD, MBA, director of the Crawford Spine Center at Cincinnati Children’s, offers more than 20 years of experience in the treatment of pediatric scoliosis, kyphosis, and other spine deformities. He has built a national reputation in the treatment of children and young adults with complex spinal deformities.

Alvin Crawford, MD, the center’s founder, is considered one of the leading innovators in the field for his success in developing minimally invasive surgical treatments so that pediatric scoliosis patients have a quicker and less painful recovery.

Leading Techniques

Our experts offer a full spectrum of treatment options, from conservative approaches to surgical reconstructive techniques such as:

  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Image-guided surgery
  • Robot-assisted surgery

Individualized Care for Spinal Surgery

If spinal surgery is the best treatment option for your child, they are paired with a nurse. This nurse works directly with your child and surgeon to develop an individualized and comprehensive plan to help your family know what to expect and prepare for surgery and recovery.

This personalized approach to care gives you and your child the emotional support and knowledge you need in order to feel at ease and confident.

Convenient, Prompt Evaluations

At the Crawford Center, your child will be evaluated by our team in one location, most often during a single visit. This evaluation is typically scheduled within two to three weeks after your child is referred to us by your pediatrician or family physician.

Conditions Treated

The Crawford Spine Center treats every type of pediatric scoliosis including:

  • Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Congenital Scoliosis