Scoliosis Treatments for Children Buckley WA

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Harry Harrison, MD
(253) 852-8618
PO Box 430
Auburn, WA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1977

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McEniry David W MD
(253) 845-8991
220 15th Avenue Southeast Suite B
Puyallup, WA
 
Dr. Delores Mary Gries
Puyallup, WA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Puyallup Endocrine Clinic
(253) 841-2471
1011 East Main Suite 302
Puyallup, WA
 
Professional Sports Imaging NW
(253) 845-9718
3801 5th Street Southeast Suite 110
Puyallup, WA
 
Devries Donald F MD
(253) 841-2471
1011 East Main
Puyallup, WA
 
Allergy Consultant Services
(253) 841-4378
702 23rd Avenue Southeast
Puyallup, WA
 
Dr. Mary Patricia May
Puyallup, WA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Carleton Scott H MD
(253) 841-4353
222 15th Avenue Southeast
Puyallup, WA
 
Dr. Donald Robert Johnson
(360) 475-4216
Puyallup, WA
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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