Scoliosis Treatments for Children Bentonville AR

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Kimberly L Cadle
(479) 273-5437
2719 Se I St
Bentonville, AR
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(479) 636-9234
3101 Southeast 14th Street
Bentonville, AR
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Rosenfeld Stephan B MD
(479) 936-9900
1202 Southeast Eagles Way
Bentonville, AR
 
Harry Mckinley Harmon
(479) 636-9234
3101 Se 14th St
Bentonville, AR
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Adolescent Medicine

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Cantwell Janet MD
(479) 636-9234
3101 Southeast 14th Street
Bentonville, AR
 
Shannon Arleese Jewell
(479) 636-9234
3101 Se 14th St
Bentonville, AR
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Adolescent Medicine

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Jones Matt MD
(479) 273-1550
2900 Moberly Lane
Bentonville, AR
 
Beeman David MD
(479) 273-1550
2900 Moberly Lane
Bentonville, AR
 
The Nickle Hill Group
(479) 271-0600
901 Southeast 28th Street
Bentonville, AR
 
Dr. James Sanders Swindle
(573) 256-0105
2719 SE I St
Bentonville, AR
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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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