Scoliosis Treatments for Children Cheyenne WY

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Monger Robert M MD
(307) 634-1311
5050 Powderhouse Road
Cheyenne, WY
 
LUGG James
(307) 635-4131
2301 House Avenue
Cheyenne, WY
 
Harris B Douglas DO
(307) 635-4131
2301 House Avenue
Cheyenne, WY
 
Sloan Michael L MD
(307) 634-7711
800 East 20th Street Suite 10
Cheyenne, WY
 
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(307) 635-4141
2301 House Avenue
Cheyenne, WY
 
Dr. Orrin John Davis
(307) 635-7961
2301 House Ave Ste 405
Cheyenne, WY
Specialty
Pediatrics

Glode John E PHYS
(307) 635-4141
2301 House Avenue
Cheyenne, WY
 
Urology Care Clinic PC
(307) 632-3111
433 East 19th Street
Cheyenne, WY
 
William Joseph Horam, MD
(307) 635-7961
2301 House Ave Ste 405
Cheyenne, WY
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1987

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(307) 635-7961
2301 House Ave Ste 405
Cheyenne, WY
Specialties
Pediatrics
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Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1967

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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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