Scoliosis Treatments for Children Farmville VA

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Al-Shammaa Hussien MD
(434) 392-2273
300 East 3rd Street
Farmville, VA
 
Dr. Teresita Capati Dionisio
(434) 392-9438
502 Beech St
Farmville, VA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Hussien A Al-Shammaa
(434) 392-2273
300 E 3rd St
Farmville, VA
Specialty
Adolescent Medicine

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Teresita Capati Dionisio, MD
(804) 392-9438
334 Lakeview Dr
Farmville, VA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Far Eastern Univ, Dr N Reyes Med Fndn Inst Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1969

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Katie Deaton
434-223-7334/391-9004
PO Box 202
Farmville, VA
 
Dr. Hussien A Al Shammaa
(434) 392-2273
300 E 3rd St
Farmville, VA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Donkor K A MD
(434) 392-7859
1100 West 3rd Street
Farmville, VA
 
Hussien A Al Shammaa, MD
(434) 392-2273
300 E 3rd St
Farmville, VA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cairo, Fac Of Med, Cairo, Egypt (330-02 Prior 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1983

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Open MRI of Southern Virgina
(434) 315-0306
1509 West 3rd Street
Farmville, VA
 
Farmville Pediatrics
(434) 392-2273
300 E 3rd St
Farmville, VA

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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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