LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Orthopaedic Institute for Children has dedicated a new Pediatric Scoliosis Center designed to diagnose and treat scoliosis so children with this deformity can lead normal, happy and productive lives. Congresswoman Karen Bass (D) of the 37th district was on hand to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony along with OIC President and CEO Anthony A. Scaduto, M.D., and other physicians and clinicians from the center.
“OIC’s work with the children of Los Angeles is another great example of what makes Los Angeles such a caring and wonderful community,” said Congresswoman Bass. “Their physicians, researchers and entire staff know that children are our future; and we should all do everything we can to give every child a chance to live out his or her life in health and happiness. This new center is just one more ingredient toward making that a reality.”
The new Pediatric Scoliosis Center is the third Center of Excellence OIC has dedicated in less than 12 months, following the opening of the Ambulatory Surgery Center and the Center for Sports Medicine. These state-of-the-art centers are part of OIC’s commitment to develop dedicated spaces for the treatment of special medical conditions and patient needs. While this is increasingly found in a traditional inpatient acute care setting, it is unique in the ambulatory space and is indicative of the commitment OIC is making to patients and their families.
“It is important to create comfortable environments where children and their parents can interact with others who have a similar diagnosis and where physicians and nurses can provide 100 percent of their focus in a given clinical area,” said Dr. Scaduto. “We believe that this approach leads to optimum patient care and a greatly improved patient and family experience.”
Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty. While scoliosis can be caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, the cause of most scoliosis is unknown. Most cases of scoliosis are mild, but some children develop spine deformities that continue to get more severe as they grow. Severe scoliosis can be disabling; and an especially severe spinal curve can reduce the amount of space within the chest, making it difficult for the lungs to function properly.
At OIC a team of providers from surgeons to nurse practitioners and physical therapists work together to care for children with scoliosis and other spine deformities.
“Scoliosis is a treatable condition, and it should not be allowed to become a disabling one,” said Dr. Scaduto, whose specialty is scoliosis and spinal deformity. “Treatment options range from observation and orthopaedic bracing to (in some cases) surgery. When treated it should not affect the child’s ability to lead a normal life.”
About Orthopaedic Institute for Children
Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) was founded in 1911 as Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. Focused solely on musculoskeletal conditions in children, Orthopaedic Institute for Children receives 60,000 patient visits each year. In alliance with UCLA Health and with the support of the OIC Foundation, we advance pediatric orthopaedics worldwide through outstanding patient care, medical education and research. Our locations in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Westwood and Calexico treat the full spectrum of pediatric orthopaedic disorders and injuries. For more information, visit us at ortho-institute.org.