Scoliosis Treatments for Children Dover DE

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Aixa Isabel Silvera-Schwartz, MD, FAAP
(302) 672-5650
102 W Water St
Dover, DE
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1990

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A I Dupont Hospital for Children-Pediatric Practcs
(302) 672-5650
102 West Water Street
Dover, DE
 
Tooze & Easter Md PA
(302) 735-8700
720 South Queen Street
Dover, DE
 
Longton Wallace A MD
(302) 674-4401
793 South Queen Street
Dover, DE
 
Dr. Fizul H Bacchus
(302) 734-3331
863 Buttner Pl Ste 103
Dover, DE
Specialty
Pediatrics

Kelly Paul E MD
(302) 674-3752
826 South Governors Avenue
Dover, DE
 
Findley-Christian Gertrude A MD
(302) 734-3227
748 South New Street
Dover, DE
 
Kim J Henry MD
(302) 736-1320
740 South New Street
Dover, DE
 
Stephen Schlesinger, MD
(302) 736-1969
51 S Prestwick Ct
Dover, DE
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1970

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Fizul H Bacchus, DO
(302) 734-3331
863 Buttner Pl Ste 103
Dover, DE
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Philadelphia Coll Of Osteo Med, Philadelphia Pa 19131
Graduation Year: 1978

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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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