Scoliosis Treatments for Children Bullhead City AZ

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Bailey Richard MD
(928) 763-1020
2000 Highway 95 Suite 216
Bullhead City, AZ
Western Arizona Regional Medical Center OT PTNT Im
(928) 704-8889
1245 Hancock Road
Bullhead City, AZ
Silver Creek MRI
(928) 704-4674
2735 Silver Creek Road
Bullhead City, AZ
Tri-State Gastroenterology PC
(928) 763-1680
1730 Highway 95
Bullhead City, AZ
Tri-State Sleep Center
(928) 763-4303
3015 Highway 95 Suite 109
Bullhead City, AZ
Rio Colorado Ear Nose & Throat Clinic
(928) 763-1020
2000 Highway 95 Suite 216
Bullhead City, AZ
Azher Bashir FACS
(928) 704-4444
1467 Palma Road Suite 4
Bullhead City, AZ
Anees Arshad Fccp
(928) 758-9500
3015 Highway 95 Suite 106
Bullhead City, AZ
Wide Open MRI of Bullhead City
(928) 704-0080
2000 Highway 95 Suite 222
Bullhead City, AZ
Jhandia Faisal MD
(928) 763-6363
1555 Ramar Road
Bullhead City, AZ

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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