Scoliosis Treatments for Children Commerce City CO

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Rmga Rocky Mountain Gastroenter Associates LLC
(303) 255-6700
10001 Washington Street
Denver, CO
 
Center for Spinal Disorders P C
(303) 287-2800
9005 Grant Street
Denver, CO
 
North Denver Endoscopy Center
(303) 252-0083
10001 Washington Street
Denver, CO
 
Beard Douglas W MD
(303) 287-2800
9005 Grant Street
Denver, CO
 
Cynthia J Thornton, MD
9195 Grant St Ste 400
Thornton, CO
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1982

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Joseph A Craig, MD
(303) 450-3690
B-40 9141 Grant
Denver, CO
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1992

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Gita Sikand, MD
(303) 920-9000
9141 Grant St Ste 100
Thornton, CO
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: All India Inst Of Med Sci, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Graduation Year: 1974

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McPherson Hugh D MD Frcsc
(303) 287-2800
9005 Grant Street
Denver, CO
 
Dr. Jerry D Mc Laughlin
(303) 777-8969
9191 Grant St
Thornton, CO
Specialty
Pediatrics

Rocky Mountain Gastroenterology
(303) 252-4442
10001 Washington Street
Denver, CO
 
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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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