Scoliosis Treatments for Children Greer SC

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Cheryl L Evans, MD
(864) 879-3883
554 Memorial Drive Ext Ste C
Greer, SC
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Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1992

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James Bartlette Key
(864) 879-3883
554 Memorial Drive Ext
Greer, SC
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Adolescent Medicine

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George Joseph Petro, MD
(706) 344-8836
96 Spring Crossing Cir
Greer, SC
Specialties
Pediatrics
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2005

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Edward Henry Hausladen
(864) 879-3883
554 Memorial Drive Ext
Greer, SC
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Adolescent Medicine

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James Raff
(864) 877-3883
319 S Buncombe Rd
Greer, SC
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Pediatrics

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Herbert Lee Smyre, MD
(864) 879-3883
106 Sheffield Rd
Greer, SC
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1966

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Raissi-Fard Hajar MD Faap
(864) 848-7005
111 Memorial Drive
Greer, SC
 
Dr. James Bartlette Key
(864) 879-3883
554 Memorial Drive Ext Ste C
Greer, SC
Specialty
Pediatrics

Hajar Raissi Fard, MD
(864) 848-7005
111 Memorial Dr
Greer, SC
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Teheran Univ, Fac Of Med, Teheran, Iran
Graduation Year: 1984

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Hartley Lawrence J Jr
(864) 752-2000
314 Memorial Drive
Greer, SC
 
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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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