Overview

Nationally recognized spine care

At UW Health, we offer nationally recognized spine care. Orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons and rehabilitation doctors tend to your child. They offer a wide range of nonsurgical treatments. If they decide surgery is the best option, they use the most up-to-date, innovative techniques.

We diagnose and treat neck and back problems in children and teens. These problems can be present at birth or appear as a child grows. In other cases, they result from an injury or trauma.

Conditions and treatments

Helping put your child back in business

Many conditions can affect a child’s back and spine. Whether your child’s condition is mild or complex, we have the expertise to diagnose and treat it.

Conditions

Conditions we treat include:

  • Cervical spine disorders

  • Herniated disks and pinched nerves

  • Kyphosis

  • Neck and back pain

  • Sacroiliac dysfunction

  • Scoliosis

  • Spina bifida

  • Spinal bone spurs

  • Spinal fractures

  • Spinal infection

  • Spinal stenosis

  • Spinal trauma

  • Spine tumors

  • Spine-related sports injuries

  • Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis

  • Tethered spinal cord

  • Whiplash

Treatments and services

We develop a treatment plan for every child that’s just right for them. Treatments we offer include:

  • Orthotics

  • Spinal rehabilitation

  • Spine injections

  • Spine physical therapy

  • Spine surgery

Specific procedures we perform include:

  • Surgery for spondylolisthesis

  • Complex and revision spinal surgery

  • CT-guided spine surgery

  • Treatment of spinal tumors

  • Foraminotomy (cervical and lumbar)

  • Microdiscectomy

  • Minimally invasive spine surgery and minimally invasive spinal fusion

  • Spinal deformity (scoliosis, kyphosis) correction

  • Spinal fusion

  • Spinal stenosis operations (laminectomy, laminoplasty, minimally invasive decompressions)

  • Stabilization of spinal trauma using minimally invasive techniques

  • Tethered cord release

  • Spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain

Robot-assisted pediatric spine surgery

Pediatric patients with spinal pathologies that warrant spinal fusion surgery now have a state-of-the-art minimally invasive option: robot-assisted spine surgery. At UW Health’s American Family Children’s Hospital—the first hospital in Wisconsin to offer the Mazor X StealthTM Edition robotic guidance platform – we are planning and performing spinal fusion with the utmost precision and efficiency. Patients experience shorter recovery, less pain and a quicker path to normal activity.

Programs and research

Services to aid your child’s recovery

It’s never easy when a child is hurting or in the hospital. We offer several services to help when your child is dealing with a spine condition.

Services

We care for children with the most challenging spine conditions through our Pediatric Complex Spine Clinic. Spine specialists from pediatric neurosurgery and pediatric orthopedics work together to provide your child’s care. We also offer education and resources for parents and caregivers.

Our Child Life specialists help kids deal with the fear and anxiety that can come with being in the hospital and getting medical care.

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Specially trained psychologists are here to work with the children we treat. They may help kids cope with body image issues, stress and anxiety, the challenges of sticking with their medical regimen and more.

Integrative health uses conventional and complementary therapies. Treatments such as acupuncture and mindfulness may help control your child’s pain.

Patient stories

Young patients find great success at UW Health

Many times when we treat children, their lives dramatically improve. Here are some of their stories.

Total spinal fusion gave Kiara new height and a new lease on life

Severe scoliosis left Kiara sidelined. She found help at American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wis., one of just a few places in the country that could treat her condition.

Spine surgery put Jacob back in the game

Jacob is an athlete who loves being active. But doctors discovered a problem in his neck that left him one collision away from grave danger. Thanks to the teamwork of doctors at American Family Children’s Hospital, he’s now back in the game.

Meet our team

Teamwork helps us provide exceptional care

The expertise and close collaboration of our many specialists sets our care apart. Orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons and rehabilitation physicians work together to care for your child. Physical therapists often have roles as well. Our teamwork helps your child receive the best treatment.

Locations

Care you can count on, just for kids

Pediatric Spine Medicine is located in American Family Children’s Hospital, and our Pediatric Complex Spine Clinic is located within our Research Park Clinic.

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  • American Family Children's Hospital - Pediatric Spine Medicine
    • 1675 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 263-6420
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  • Research Park Clinic - Pediatric Complex Spine Clinic
    • 621 Science Dr. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 263-6420
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Patient and support services

Learn more about spine conditions

These resources can help you learn more about back and spine conditions:

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More ways we can help

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