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Northwestern Memorial Spine Center offers programs for the management of many spine-related diseases and conditions.

Spine Deformity

A leading neurological surgery program, the Program for Spinal Deformity treats:

  • Scoliosis
  • Sagittal plane disorders like kyphosis and flat back syndrome
  • Complex revision spinal fusions

Pediatric spine disorders are managed by surgeons at Children’s Memorial Hospital, including conditions such as:

  • Idiopathic scoliosis
  • Congenital scoliosis

Surgeons at Northwestern Memorial help patients treat and manage adult scoliosis, such as that occurring as a consequence of degenerative disease or as a late progression of idiopathic scoliosis.

The Program for Spinal Deformity is actively engaged in research, including areas such as:

  • Pathophysiology of scoliosis
  • Mechanics of sagittal plane disorders
  • Preoperative medical optimization techniques
  • Outcomes-based research on patients with spinal deformity
  • Developing new and improved techniques to treat adult scoliosis and spinal deformities

Spine Oncology

Members of Northwestern’s Spine Center are particularly interested in primary and metastatic tumors of the spine.

Secondary conditions (sequelae) of spinal tumors, such as spinal column instability, have led to the development of innovative reconstructive spine procedures.

Northwestern’s Spine Center, using these reconstructive techniques in the treatment of metastatic tumors, has allowed patients to:

  • Manage pain with less medication
  • Improve mobility
  • Remove the need for external orthoses

Degenerative Disease

Most Americans will be affected by degenerative diseases of the spine as they age. While many of these problems may be managed without surgery, surgery remains an integral part of the Spine Center, particularly in treatment of degenerative disc and joint disease.

Northwestern’s Spine Center surgeons have considerable expertise in the surgical management of decompressive and spinal fusion procedures.

Rheumatological Conditions of the Spine

Spinal rheumatoid arthritis presents particular challenges for treatment, requiring clinical collaboration between doctors, even in the use of nonsurgical techniques.

When surgery is required, advanced technologies such as minimally invasive techniques, stereotactic surgery, and advanced intraoperative imaging offer patients safer surgery and faster recovery. This often leads to a significant increase in their quality of life.


Osteoporotic spine disease may require surgical techniques, but due to the softening of the bone, conventional surgical techniques often cannot be applied successfully.

Northwestern’s Spine Center team has extensive experience in treatment of patients with osteoporosis, and actively explores better ways of providing care for patients with this degenerative condition.


For additional information about the Spine Center or to schedule a consultation, please call 877-926-4664.

Last UpdateJanuary 17, 2013