Email

Scoliosis and Other Spine Conditions

Spine specialists from Jefferson University Hospital and the Rothman Institute at Jefferson treat scoliosis, a condition that causes an abnormal curvature of the spine. When the spine is affected by scoliosis it will appear as an "S" or "C" shape.

Why Choose Jefferson for Scoliosis Treatment in Philadelphia?

Our physicians are expanding the field of minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) by refining new techniques to correct even the most complex spinal deformities caused by scoliosis. We are also the only hospital in the Philadelphia region, and one of only a handful in the U.S., employing an MISS approach to treat patients with major multilevel deformities involving the lumbar and thoracolumbar spine.

Correction for these conditions using standard surgery historically required a recovery period of at least three to six months, and even up to a year. With MISS, however, selected cases can be managed with recovery times as short as three to six weeks.

Other Spine Diseases We Treat

The Rothman Institute Spine team performs more than 2,000 surgeries annually, treating problems resulting from degeneration of the cervical and lumbar discs, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spinal deformity, tumors, trauma and instability.

Consistently rated among the best in the nation for Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Medicine by U.S.News & World Report, Jefferson's multidisciplinary team of orthopedists, neurosurgeons, rheumatologists, physiatrists (rehabilitation physicians), therapists and radiologists can diagnose and treat spinal conditions including:

  • Kyphosis – An over-curvature of the spine, kyphosis rounds the upper back giving a hunchback appearance and often occurs in older women as osteoporosis sets in. Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgery that provides stability to the spine and returns it to its normal shape. Treatment can also include nonsurgical options.
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis – This condition is a type of arthritis that affects the base of the spine. The nationally recognized rheumatologists of Jefferson's Arthritis Program utilize the latest methods for diagnosis and treatment, including enrollment in clinical trials of the most novel therapeutic agents for this disease.