Pediatric Spine Program
Highest Quality of Care Near Home
We are excited to announce that Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida has joined forces with Pediatric Orthopedics of SWFL to expand pediatric spine services in Southwest Florida. The pediatric spine program offers a comprehensive range of diagnostic testing and treatment plans for patients suffering from back and neck pain.
POSWFL is the only pediatric orthopedic center in SWFL and has five fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeons. Children no longer need to travel to Orlando, Tampa, or Miami for certain procedures and treatments.
From back injuries to spinal deformities, there are times when children need to have surgery. With brand-new technologies and workflows in place we are able to make surgeries safer and more efficient.
Scoliosis and Spinal Conditions
Our experienced team of experts are committed to caring for young patients with specialized orthopedic needs.
Scoliosis is a very manageable condition when diagnosed early. It can cause the spine to look like an “s” shape or a “c” shape. Common signs of scoliosis include uneven shoulders or hips, but it is generally, a painless condition that may go unnoticed until a routine exam or physical.
It’s really important to distinguish that there are so many different types of scoliosis. While some children may just need their condition monitored, others may need treatment like a brace or surgery.
Schroth Physical Therapy for Scoliosis
Schroth is a research-supported treatment for scoliosis. It is comprised of scoliosis-specific exercises and postural retraining based on the patient's unique spinal curve pattern. Schroth addresses three of the ways scoliosis affects our spine: its rotation, lateral translation, and the collapse of the spine.
Kyphosis is an abnormal forward curve in the upper spine. Children with kyphosis have a rounded or "hunchback" appearance. Children can be born with kyphosis or they can develop it because of other health reasons. Common health issues associated with kyphosis are spina bifida, neuromuscular conditions, and other brittle bone diseases. Kyphosis can also be caused by excessive slouching.
For some children, kyphosis progresses and becomes worse over time. This can cause difference in shoulder/hip height and even tighten muscles in the back and legs. Depending on the cause of kyphosis, your child may need a brace, exercises, or even surgery.
Spondylolysis is a stress fracture of the spine. It can happen from repeated stress or from an injury to the spine. Spondylolisthesis happens when one of the stress fractures progresses to the point of causing the vertebrae to slip out of place.
These conditions are one of the most common causes of back pain in children and adolescents. Children are more at risk for spondylolysis/spondylolisthesis because their bones are still growing, especially during a growth spurt.
Signs of this condition include:
- lower back pain
- pain that radiates down the legs
- weakness in the legs or trouble walking
- trouble peeing or bladder accidents
- numbness and tingling in the groin and/or buttocks
If you think your child may have scoliosis or a different spinal conditions reach out to your primary care provider who can refer you to a specialist.
Pediatric Orthopedics of SWFL Locations
Fort Myers: 15821 Hollyfern Court, Fort Myers, FL 33908
Naples: 3361 Pine Ridge Rd, Suite 202, Naples, FL 34109
Phone : 239-432-5100
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM