Scoliosis Treatments for Children Coos Bay OR

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Donna Lee Rabin
(541) 267-5151
1900 Woodland Dr
Coos Bay, OR
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Brian Gumbs
(541) 269-0333
1750 Thompson Rd
Coos Bay, OR
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Pediatrics

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Cherry Md
(541) 267-5151
1900 Woodland Drive
Coos Bay, OR
 
Jenni C Deleon, MD
(541) 267-5151
1900 Woodland Dr
Coos Bay, OR
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1997

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Dr. Jay Francis O'Leary
(541) 269-0333
1750 Thompson Rd
Coos Bay, OR
Specialty
Pediatrics

Terrell Lynn Clarke, MD
(541) 269-0333
1750 Thompson Rd
Coos Bay, OR
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1969

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Giss Steven R MD
(541) 267-5151
1900 Woodland Drive
Coos Bay, OR
 
Dr. Theodore Fred Thoren
(541) 269-0333
Bay Clin 1750 Thompson Road Bay Clin
Coos Bay, OR
Specialty
Pediatrics

Philip Carey LaGesse
(541) 267-5151
1900 Woodland Dr
Coos Bay, OR
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Dr. Erin Courtney Hurley
(541) 269-0333
1750 Thompson Rd
Coos Bay, OR
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Pediatrics

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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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