Scoliosis Treatments for Children Campbellsville KY

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Bentley Eric MD
(270) 465-7505
1878 Old Lebanon Road
Campbellsville, KY
 
Angel James R MD
(270) 789-2471
301 North Columbia Avenue
Campbellsville, KY
 
Lawless Kim MA
(270) 465-3595
105 Greenbriar Drive Suite A
Campbellsville, KY
 
Central Kentucky Surgical Institute PSC
(270) 465-7505
1878 Old Lebanon Road
Campbellsville, KY
 
Head And Neck Specialty Center
(270) 465-3595
105 Greenbriar Dr
Campbellsville, KY
 
James E MD
(270) 465-3595
105 Greenbriar Drive
Campbellsville, KY
 
Dan George Bodeanu
(270) 789-4788
307 E Broadway St
Campbellsville, KY
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Winit Chartisathian
(270) 789-1112
73 Kingswood Dr
Campbellsville, KY
Specialty
Adolescent Medicine

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Kwok-Sing Cheung, MD, PHD, PSC
(270) 789-4788
101 W Bear Track Rd
Campbellsville, KY
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Diane Sue Mc Curley, MD
Lebanon, KY
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ohio, Toledo Oh 43699
Graduation Year: 1995

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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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