Treatments & Conditions

The OHSU Spine Center offers a full range of treatments for congenital spinal malformation. The right treatment depends on:

  • The type of spine problem
  • How serious the symptoms are
  • The type and number of symptoms
  • Other factors

Because congenital spinal malformations usually appear in children, we work with the experts at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital to provide care. Our goal is to relieve pain and improve function and quality of life.

Pre-treatment Plan

At your first appointment, your doctor will have reviewed your comprehensive health questionnaire. Your answers give the doctor detailed information about your child’s pain and ability to function. This will help determine how serious the symptoms are and what treatments will be most helpful.

Conservative (Non-Surgical) Treatment

If your child has mild or moderate symptoms, he or she might be treated without surgery. Some conservative (non-surgical) treatments include:

  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery
  • Speech therapy
  • Training in daily activities (occupational therapy)

Surgical Treatment

Some congenital spinal malformations, such as spina bifida can be treated with surgery. People with cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy may also have surgery to relieve symptoms