Scoliosis Treatments for Children East Greenwich RI

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Joseph M McNamara, MD
(401) 274-1100
101 Dudley St
Providence, RI
Business
Women & Infants Hospital
Specialties
Pediatrics

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Cribb John J PHYS
(401) 886-4040
1351 South County Trail
East Greenwich, RI
 
ENT Associates Inc
(401) 885-8484
1351 South County Trail
East Greenwich, RI
 
Dr. Karen Madras Stopa
East Greenwich, RI
Specialty
Pediatrics

McMillan Clare MD
(401) 884-8900
1377 South County Trail
East Greenwich, RI
 
Dr. Nicholas Munroe Grumbach
(401) 734-1300
East Greenwich, RI
Specialty
Pediatrics

Carole Alice Lengyel, MD
(425) 454-4955
15 Pheasant Dr
East Greenwich, RI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1987

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Iqbal Arshad
(401) 886-7866
2850 South County Trail
East Greenwich, RI
 
Reibman Bonnie H MD
(401) 884-8900
1285 South County Trail
East Greenwich, RI
 
Siavash Ghoreishi, MD
5835 Post Rd Ste 110
East Greenwich, RI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Teheran Univ, Fac Of Med, Teheran, Iran
Graduation Year: 1976

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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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