Scoliosis Treatments for Children Blacksburg VA

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Dr. Martha Jane Wunsch
2265 Kraft Dr
Blacksburg, VA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Ava Stanczak, DO
(972) 727-7334
2265 Kraft Dr
Blacksburg, VA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of N Tx Hlth Sci Ctr, Tx Coll Osteo Med, Ft Worth Tx 76107
Graduation Year: 1983

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Dr. Stuart Kent Cassell Jr
(540) 639-5188
3706 S Main St
Blacksburg, VA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Circe Dee Cooke, MD
(540) 731-7311
2005 Broken Oak Dr
Blacksburg, VA
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med, Albuquerque Nm 87131
Graduation Year: 1997

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Schnecker Dennis C Dr
(540) 951-1111
Hospital
Blacksburg, VA
 
Cowley Larry A MD
(540) 552-7050
920 Plantation Road
Blacksburg, VA
 
Harper Wilson G DDS
(540) 951-1111
907 Hethwood Boulevard
Blacksburg, VA
 
Linda Ann Burk, MD
(540) 552-7272
805 Davis St
Blacksburg, VA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1990

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Dr. Linda Ann Burk
(540) 552-7272
805 Davis St
Blacksburg, VA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Boyle Richard P
(540) 951-1111
Radford Shopping Pla
Blacksburg, VA
 
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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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