Scoliosis Treatments for Children Bethany OK

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Bankhead Roy MD
(405) 495-6134
2349 North Thompkins Avenue
Bethany, OK
 
Marc R Hille
(405) 440-9866
6770 Nw 39th Expy
Bethany, OK
Specialty
Pediatric Neurology

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Spence W Dean MD
(405) 942-1122
7530 Northwest 23rd Street
Bethany, OK
 
Arambula Martha MD
(405) 717-5405
1205 Health Center Parkwa
Bethany, OK
 
Hille Marc R MD
(405) 440-9866
6770 Northwest 39th Expressway
Bethany, OK
 
The Children's Center
(405) 440-9866
6800 Northwest 39th Expressway
Bethany, OK
 
Marc Robert Hille, MD
6800 NW 39th Expy
Bethany, OK
Specialties
Neurology, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Integris Baptist Med Ctr, Oklahoma City, Ok
Group Practice: C Children Ctr

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Wyatt Will G MD
(405) 942-1122
2701 North Rockwell Avenue
Bethany, OK
 
Riggs Debra MD
(405) 942-1122
2701 North Rockwell Avenue
Bethany, OK
 
Janice Kathleen Hixson
(405) 948-4900
4913 W Reno Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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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