Scoliosis Treatments for Children Anchorage AK

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Richard Danl Mandsager, MD
(907) 465-3092
PO Box 2402493601c Street
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1977

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Clark Lyn MD
(907) 222-4880
2600 Denali Street Suite 302
Anchorage, AK
 
Boisen Ronald J MD
(907) 569-1333
3340 Providence Drive Suite 352
Anchorage, AK
 
Alaska Family Ear Nose & Throat
(907) 278-1016
1200 Airport Heights Drive Suite 200
Anchorage, AK
 
Dr. William Ma
(907) 729-1050
4315 Diplomacy Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr.MONIQUE KARAGANIS
(907) 729-4117
411 West Northern Lights Boulevard
Anchorage, AK
Gender
F
Speciality
Pediatrician
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Matthew James Hirschfeld, MD
(907) 729-1084
4315 Diplomacy Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 2002

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Alaska Fetal Imaging
(907) 770-6464
4050 Lake Otis Parkway Suite 100
Anchorage, AK
 
Lou Lily MD
(907) 563-3026
3340 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK
 
Jeffrey Allen Penman, MD
3340 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1999

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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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