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Scoliosis Center

Our Pediatric Scoliosis Clinic is one of Northern California's leading destinations for specialty pediatric spine care. We provide innovative surgical techniques for young children with early-onset scoliosis, infantile scoliosis, and other deformities in the growing spine. You and your child will also have access to the latest research and developments, and follow-up support related to scoliosis.

Based at our Oakland location, the Scoliosis Clinic provides a full range of medical care options to patients suffering from scoliosis and other congenital disorders of the spine.

Our Goal is to Get Your Child Back in Action

  • Our pediatric orthopedists consider each patient’s future growth as part of the treatment plan. This is our way of helping your child achieve the best functionality while experiencing the least disruption to his or her normal activities.
  • Because we know how active our young patients can be, our primary goal is to return children and adolescents to their normal lives, activities, and sports as soon as possible.

Surgical and Non-Surgical Scoliosis Solutions

  • Although we're fully equipped to provide surgery for those who need it, our first consideration is to always look for non-surgical solutions.
  • Because we're able to draw from our team of physical therapists, orthotists, orthopedic surgeons, and neurosurgeons, we have a high success rate in both surgical and non-surgical options.
  • The minimally-invasive surgical techniques used by our orthopedic surgeons are some of the most cutting-edge options for the treatment of early-onset scoliosis, infantile scoliosis, and other deformities in the growing spine.
  • Children who can be cared for with braces and other orthotic support devices will continue to receive a high quality of care.

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    Awards & recognition

    • One of the nation's best in orthopedics

    • Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties

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    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your child's condition
    • List of medications, including dosages, plus any your child is allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

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    Your Stay

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    Your Child's Care Team

    Our doctors, nurses, child life specialists and other providers have special training to care for children. Meet your child's care team.

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    Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

    Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

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    Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

    Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

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