Why Choose Cincinnati Children's for Early Onset Scoliosis?

Our renowned team of specialists in pediatric spinal casting and non-fusion surgery collaborate in a single location to recommend and perform the best treatment for early onset scoliosis (infantile scoliosis).

Peter F. Sturm, MD, director of the Crawford Spine Center at Cincinnati Children's, offers more than 20 years of experience in the treatment of pediatric scoliosis, kyphosis, and other spine deformities. He has built a national reputation in the treatment of children with complex spinal deformities and has a specific interest in early onset scoliosis.

Dr. Peter Sturm, director of Crawford Spine Center at Cincinnati Children's, discusses early onset scoliosis.

Treatment for Early Onset Scoliosis

Your experience begins with a comprehensive evaluation by our experts. The team will review your child's medical history, perform the necessary tests and then present a casting plan or surgical treatment plan tailored to address his or her individual condition.

The Crawford Spine Center treats every form of early onset scoliosis including congenital scoliosis and progressive scoliosis in infants and children. We offer a complete spectrum of treatment - from non-operative approaches to minimally invasive techniques using the latest technology developed by our world-renowned physicians. Your child's treatment may include:

  • Casting
  • Non-fusion surgery or growing rod surgery
  • Vertical expanding prosthetic titanium ribs procedure (VEPTR surgery)

Casting at the Crawford Spine Center

Traditional scoliosis surgery in childhood can significantly limit a child's growth and have lifelong effects on lung function. The technique of casting, available at the Crawford Spine Center, appears to control the progression of scoliosis in younger children while allowing their spine and chest to continue growing and their lungs to develop normally.

Dr. Sturm specializes in a casting technique for very young children with early onset scoliosis. The technique uses a lightweight plaster cast to guide the spine out of its curve during the years when children are growing most rapidly. The goal of this less invasive treatment method is to avoid surgery altogether – or at the very least, to postpone it until the child reaches adolescence.

Learn more about Risser, Mehta and Pantaloon casts used to to correct pediatric spinal problems.

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Fill out an online form to talk with a member of the team. Or call the Spine Nurses Hotline at 513-803-2750.

Patient Stories



Hector was diagnosed with infantile scoliosis at the age of one. He came to Cincinnati Children's where Dr. Sturm suggested the Mehta cast treatment.



Addyson was diagnosed with infantile scoliosis at six months old. She was treated by Dr. Sturm with the Mehta cast treatment.