Scoliosis Treatments for Children Des Moines IA

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Central Iowa Neurology PC
(515) 255-7414
4116 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA
 
Muenzenberger Beth AUD Ccc-A
(515) 274-4493
3901 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA
 
Dr. James Henry McCallum
(301) 754-7490
411 Laurel St
Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Frederick C Aldrich
(515) 244-1444
2940 Ingersoll Ave Ste 100
Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Kane-Johnson Nancy MD
(515) 643-5100
1111 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA
 
William Michael Salow, DO
(515) 643-8611
330 Laurel St Ste 2100
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1978

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Iowa Nephrology Associates
(515) 643-5275
1111 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA
 
James W Hopkins
(515) 643-5454
330 Laurel St
Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Pediatric Surgery

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Shumway Scott M MD
(515) 247-8400
411 Laurel Street Suite 3300
Des Moines, IA
 
Dr. Janet Allen Graeve
(515) 643-8611
330 Laurel St Ste 2100
Des Moines, IA
Specialty
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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