Scoliosis Treatments for Children Dothan AL

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Dr.Sarah Germanson
(334) 794-8656
364 Honeysuckle Road
Dothan, AL
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Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 2000
Speciality
Pediatrician
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Dilullo John A MD
(334) 793-9564
4300 West Main Street Suite 102
Dothan, AL
 
Sarah Wood Germanson, MD
364 Honeysuckle Rd
Dothan, AL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 2000

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Murtuza Kothawala
(334) 699-2270
1865 Honeysuckle Rd Ste 3
Dothan, AL
Specialty
Pediatric Neurology

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Michelle Carolyn Freeman, MD
(205) 913-2485
304 Glencoe Way
Dothan, AL
Specialties
Pediatrics
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Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1996

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Claude Thomas Ashley Jr, MD
(334) 794-8656
364 Honeysuckle Rd
Dothan, AL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1995
Hospital
Hospital: Flowers Hosp, Dothan, Al; Southeast Alabama Med Ctr, Dothan, Al
Group Practice: Southeastern Pediatric Assoc

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Dr. Lauren K McAllister
(205) 939-9589
364 Honeysuckle Rd
Dothan, AL
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Sarah Wood Germanson
(417) 881-0847
364 Honeysuckle Rd
Dothan, AL
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Weaver
(334) 793-5000
4370 W Main St
Dothan, AL
Specialty
Pediatrics

Pulmonary Associates PA
(334) 793-9564
4300 West Main Street Suite 102
Dothan, AL
 
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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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