Scoliosis Treatments for Children Ames IA

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Dr. Kathleen J Foster Wendel
(515) 239-4404
1215 Duff Ave
Ames, IA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Milleman Leo MD
(515) 239-4490
1215 Duff Avenue
Ames, IA
 
David Alan Smith, MD
(515) 239-4404
PO Box 3014
Ames, IA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1987

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McFarland Clinic PC - Physical Therapy- Endocrinol
(515) 239-4440
1015 Duff Avenue
Ames, IA
 
McFarland Clinic PC - Medical Departments- Otorhin
(515) 239-4480
1215 Duff Avenue
Ames, IA
 
Kathleen Jane Foster-Wendel
(515) 239-4404
1215 Duff Ave
Ames, IA
Specialty
Pediatrics

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McKee John MD
(515) 239-4435
1015 Duff Avenue
Ames, IA
 
Edward George Nassif, MD
(515) 239-4482
PO Box 3014
Ames, IA
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Allergy
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1975

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Dr. John Joseph Paschen
(515) 239-4404
1215 Duff Ave
Ames, IA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr.Kris Roberts
(515) 239-4404
1215 Duff Avenue
Ames, IA
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med
Year of Graduation: 1995
Speciality
Pediatrician
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Hospital: McFarland Clinic
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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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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