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
 
Brecht Jacqueline MD
(907) 276-2803
1200 Airport Heights Drive Suite 101
Anchorage, AK
 
Martin Fearing Beals, MD
(907) 264-1800
1200 Airport Heights Dr Ste 140
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1976

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Internal Medicine Associates LLC
(907) 276-2811
2841 Debarr Road Suite 50
Anchorage, AK
 
Dr.MONIQUE KARAGANIS
(907) 729-4117
411 West Northern Lights Boulevard
Anchorage, AK
Gender
F
Speciality
Pediatrician
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Eric Howard Johnson, MD
(907) 563-3026
3340 Providence Dr Ste 366
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hi John A Burns Sch Of Med, Honolulu Hi 96822
Graduation Year: 1985

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Alaska Kidney & Diabetes Associates
(907) 569-1049
3260 Providence Drive Suite 523
Anchorage, AK
 
Dr. Janet B Alexander
(907) 562-2423
3340 Providence Dr Ste 466
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Michelle Barton Laufer
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Pediatrics

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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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