Scoliosis Treatments for Children Buford GA

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Laura Frantz Putnam, MD
(770) 932-8519
4445 S Lee St
Buford, GA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1985

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Kim Shelley M D F A A P MD Faap
(770) 614-7369
2050 Buford Highway
Buford, GA
 
Children's Medicine PC
(770) 614-7366
2050 Buford Highway Suite 201
Buford, GA
 
Mabel I Njoku
(678) 546-1110
4536 Nelson Brogdon Blvd
Sugar Hill, GA
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Bolaji Odusina, MD
(770) 831-0229
4700 Nelson Brogdon Blvd Ste 150
Buford, GA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Lagos, Coll Of Med, Lagos, Nigeria
Graduation Year: 1986

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Dr. Laura Frantz Putnam
(770) 932-8519
4445 S Lee St
Buford, GA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Noonan Mary Beth MD
(770) 932-8519
4445 South Lee Street
Buford, GA
 
Savita Swami Rajgiri
(678) 546-1110
4536 C Nelson Brogdon Blvd
Sugar Hill, GA
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Fitzgerald-Soapes Jan Faap
(770) 614-7369
2050 Buford Highway
Buford, GA
 
Glisson John V MD Faap
(770) 932-8519
4445 South Lee Street
Buford, GA
 
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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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