Scoliosis Treatments for Children Columbia MO

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Melissa Anne Lawson, MD
(573) 884-9684
307 Student Health Ctr
Columbia, MO
Specialties
Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine-Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo-Kansas City Sch Of Med, Kansas City Mo 64108
Graduation Year: 1993

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Dena Wisner Hubbard, MD
(573) 814-3446
2201 Lafayette Ct
Columbia, MO
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2003

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Arlen David Collins, MD
8050 N Marigold Ct
Columbia, MO
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1977

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Julie Miner Kowacz, MD
(573) 886-6001
4906 Lillian Dr
Columbia, MO
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2005

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Dr. Bernard Eskridge
(608) 320-1137
1502 Barnwood Dr
Columbia, MO
Specialty
Pediatrics

Sarah Patton, MD
(573) 882-4141
1 Hospital Dr DC058 00,
Columbia, MO
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2004

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Dr. Arlen David Collins
(828) 757-5509
8050 N Marigold Ct
Columbia, MO
Specialty
Pediatrics

Russell James McCulloh, MD
(573) 499-0608
1708 Kathy Dr
Columbia, MO
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2005

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Matthew R Fickie, MD
(573) 268-3211
Apt 605 1115 Kennesaw Ridge Rd
Columbia, MO
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2003

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Jessica Sears, MD
4007 Thornwood Dr
Columbia, MO
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2004

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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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