Scoliosis Treatments for Children Fallon NV

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Lana Lugue Narag, MD, FAAP
(775) 428-2747
801 E Williams Ave Ste 2203
Fallon, NV
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1991

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Roy Tapashi Development MD
(775) 428-6836
801 East Williams Avenue
Fallon, NV
 
Joe R Serna Jr, MD
Fallon, NV
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1982

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Dr. Tapashi Dev Roy
(212) 939-4020
801 Williams Ave 2203
Fallon, NV
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Joe R Serna Jr
(937) 531-2268
Fallon, NV
Specialty
Pediatrics

Lana Narag Faap
(775) 428-2747
801 East Williams Avenue
Fallon, NV
 
Capitol Urology Inc
(775) 423-6273
801 East Williams Avenue
Fallon, NV
 
Skin Cancer & Dermatology Institute
(775) 423-6273
801 East Williams Avenue
Fallon, NV
 
Giridhar Andhavarapu, MD
(202) 865-6749
734 Dani St
Fallon, NV
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mysore Med Coll, Mysore Univ, Mysore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1999

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Banner Churchill Community Hospital - Specialty Cl
(775) 423-6273
801 East Williams Avenue
Fallon, NV
 
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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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