Scoliosis Treatments for Children Beckley WV

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Petaiah Mohan, MD
(304) 255-6051
194 Carriage Dr
Beckley, WV
Specialties
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mysore Med Coll, Mysore Univ, Mysore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1968

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Raleigh Gastroenterology
(304) 252-1511
2401 South Kanawha Street
Beckley, WV
 
Ramon Lacanilao
(304) 255-0800
250 Stanaford Rd
Beckley, WV
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Ahmad Khiami, MD
(304) 252-0008
21 Falcon Cir
Beckley, WV
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1986

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John H Johnson
(304) 255-0800
250 Stanaford Rd
Beckley, WV
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Suleiman
(304) 255-7878
242 George Street
Beckley, WV
 
Carlos Estanislao Lucero, MD
(304) 255-7456
403 Carriage Dr
Beckley, WV
Specialties
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Catolica De Cordoba, Fac De Med, Cordoba-Cba, Argentina
Graduation Year: 1966
Hospital
Hospital: Bluefield Reg Med Ctr, Bluefield, Wv; Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, Wv
Group Practice: Beckley Neonatal Pediatrics

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Tara
(304) 255-5710
3771 Robert Centre Byrd Drive
Beckley, WV
 
Dr. Stacey D Dickenson
(304) 252-8551
252 Rural Acres Dr
Beckley, WV
Specialty
Pediatrics

Ayesha Fatima, MD
20 Mallard Ct
Beckley, WV
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Siddhartha Med Coll, Bangalore Univ, Tumkur, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 2000

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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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