Scoliosis Treatments for Children Espanola NM

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Chelsea Denise Kirby, MD
(505) 367-0360
1010 Spruce St Ste E
Espanola, NM
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1998

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Jonathan Holt Truex, MD
(715) 358-1000
Espanola, NM
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Ciudad Juarez, Esc De Med, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua
Graduation Year: 1986

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Dr.Chelsea D. Kirby
(505) 753-8031
1010 Spruce St # 2
Espanola, NM
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1998
Speciality
Pediatrician
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Hospital: Presbyterian
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Chelsea D Kirby
(505) 753-8031
1010 Spruce St
Espanola, NM
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Dr. Chelsea Denise Kirby
(505) 367-0360
1010 Spruce St Ste E
Espanola, NM
Specialty
Pediatrics

Nolan Kevin MD
(505) 753-7395
620 Coronado Avenue
Espanola, NM
 
Bjorklund Mark MD
(505) 753-7395
620 Coronado Avenue
Espanola, NM
 
Bond Clinic
(505) 753-9503
711 Bond Street
Espanola, NM
 
Health Centers of Northern New Ico-Administrtn OFC
(505) 753-7395
620 Coronado Avenue
Espanola, NM
 
Wagner Michael D
(505) 753-7499
835 Spruce Street Suite B
Espanola, NM
 
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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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