Scoliosis Treatments for Children Alexandria LA

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Johnnie Lee Clark, MD
(318) 767-1543
PO Box 12610
Alexandria, LA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport, Shreveport La 71130
Graduation Year: 1993

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Gwandiku Stella MD
(318) 561-4200
1305 Metro Drive
Alexandria, LA
 
Michael Jude Marzullo
(318) 443-9634
2226 Worley Dr
Alexandria, LA
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Bennett Robin R MD
(318) 445-9331
1337 Centre Court
Alexandria, LA
 
Jeanfreau Jennifer Taylor
(318) 443-8380
2108 Texas Avenue
Alexandria, LA
 
Dr. Johnnie Lee Clark
(318) 767-1543
PO Box 12610
Alexandria, LA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Garcia Ernesto J MD
(318) 445-9331
1337 Centre Court
Alexandria, LA
 
Nasimul Haq Siddiqui, MD
501 Medical Center Dr
Alexandria, LA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1990

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Younes Maan MD
(318) 449-8882
3311 Prescott Road Suite 318
Alexandria, LA
 
Badeaux Joseph A III
(318) 443-8380
2108 Texas Avenue Suite 3061
Alexandria, LA
 
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Managing Scoliosis in Young Children

Scoliosis or curvature of the spine can affect young children under the age of five. In this article doctors from the Naval Medical Center in San Diego review what causes this condition and how to treat it. Newer surgical methods of treatment are highlighted. Details of the exam are also included.

Although some cases of early onset scoliosis occur for no apparent reason, most are caused by some other problem. This could be deformity of the vertebra, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, or some other neurologic condition.

MRIs should be done with all young patients whose curves measure 20 degrees or more. The authors suggest this because many of the young children with scoliosis also have hidden spinal cord or brain abnormalities.

Treatment depends on the size of the curve. Curves less than 20 degrees are followed with X-rays every four to six months. If the curve stabilizes, then an exam every one to two years is enough. For curves greater than 20 degrees casting, bracing, or both is advised for at least two years.

If a curve continues to get worse, then surgery to fuse the spine may be needed. The spine does stop growing when fused so this is not the best solution. Another option is the use of "growing rods." Rods are placed on both sides of the spine. The rods are lengthened every six months as the child grows. fusion can be delayed until much later.

What's ahead in the treatment of this problem? The authors say the search is on for better ways to correct...

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