Scoliosis Treatments for Children Billings MT

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Dr. Laura Robinson Nicholson
(406) 238-6600
1232 N 30th St
Billings, MT
Specialty
Pediatrics

The Respiratory Center
(406) 238-6800
2900 12th Avenue North Suite 300E
Billings, MT
 
Schabacker Michael H MD
(406) 238-6650
2900 12th Avenue North
Billings, MT
 
Kari Lynn Steffen, MD
(414) 266-3426
1233 N 30th St
Billings, MT
Specialties
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1993

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Northern Rockies Kidney Center - Deaconess-Billing
(406) 657-4100
2800 10th Avenue North
Billings, MT
 
DeBorah G Agnew
(406) 238-2500
2825 8th Ave N
Billings, MT
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Baum Stephen MD
(406) 238-6380
2900 12th Avenue North Suite 402E
Billings, MT
 
Claire Louise Kenamore, MD
(406) 238-2306
2825 8th Ave N
Billings, MT
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1994

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Grefe Annette MD
(406) 238-6040
1230 N Street Suite STE
Billings, MT
 
Fetal Diagnostic Center
(406) 237-5888
2900 12th Avenue North Suite 130W
Billings, MT
 
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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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