Scoliosis Treatments for Children Hickory NC

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Dr. Kenneth Virgil Summer
(704) 322-4453
1375 4th Street Dr NW
Hickory, NC
Specialty
Pediatrics

Laura J Luckadoo, MD
(828) 322-4453
1375 4th St NW
Hickory, NC
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Rush Med Coll Of Rush Univ, Chicago Il 60612
Graduation Year: 1992

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Gastroenterology Associates PA
(828) 328-3300
415 North Center Street Suite 300
Hickory, NC
 
Boyles Larry W MD
(828) 327-9869
415 North Center Street
Hickory, NC
 
Anderson Daniel E MD
(828) 322-8265
415 North Center Street Suite 204
Hickory, NC
 
Dial A Message
(828) 326-8888
3521 Highland Avenue Northeast
Hickory, NC
 
Dr. Samuel Davis Wellman
(704) 345-0877
PO Box 1305
Hickory, NC
Specialty
Pediatrics

Koscheski Caroll D MD
(828) 328-3300
415 North Center Street
Hickory, NC
 
Hickory Internal Medicine Hypertensin & RNL Asscts
(828) 322-3541
50 13th Avenue Northeast
Hickory, NC
 
Deleary Geoffrey D MD
(828) 322-4340
1202 North Center Street
Hickory, NC
 
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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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