Scoliosis Treatments for Children Beatrice NE

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Tran Hai MD
(402) 223-4141
909 Court Street
Beatrice, NE
 
Beatrice Children's Clinic
(402) 223-6518
1110 North 10th Street
Beatrice, NE
 
Joseph Thomas Snow, MD
(402) 955-5400
8200 Dodge St
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1994

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Ferris Michael P MD
(402) 489-2266
1530 South 70th Street Suite 200
Lincoln, NE
 
Mickels Kimberly A MD
(308) 382-9266
729 North Custer Avenue
Grand Island, NE
 
Gnau Fredric Dr
(402) 228-1316
1110 North 10th Street
Beatrice, NE
 
Blue Valley Ear Nose & Throat Cic & Hearing Center
(402) 228-1316
1110 North 10th Street
Beatrice, NE
 
Dr. Kristi Lynn Boelke
(402) 490-9378
7305 Grant St
Omaha, NE
Specialty
Pediatrics

Fitzpatrick Ear Nose & Throat Clinic PC
(308) 532-3330
801 William Avenue
North Platte, NE
 
Nebraska Neurosurgery & Spine Clinic
(308) 234-9822
3219 Central Avenue Suite 103
Kearney, NE
 
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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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