Scoliosis Treatments for Children Huntington IN

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Dr. Lourdu S Savariar
(260) 356-3611
1060 Etna Ave
Huntington, IN
Specialty
Pediatrics

Pediatric Medical Group
(260) 356-3611
1060 Etna Avenue
Huntington, IN
 
Piyush J Shah
(260) 356-3611
1060 Etna Avenue
Huntington, IN
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Julia Marie Eckert, MD
(260) 356-3611
1060 Etna Ave
Huntington, IN
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1996

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Dr. Piyush J Shah
(260) 356-3611
1060 Etna Ave
Huntington, IN
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Duane Alan Hougendobler
(260) 356-3611
1060 Etna Ave
Huntington, IN
Specialty
Pediatrics

Lourdo Selvaraj Savariar
(260) 356-3611
1060 Etna Avenue
Huntington, IN
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Duane Alan Hougendobler, MD
(219) 356-3611
1060 Etna Ave
Huntington, IN
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: Huntington Mem Hosp, Huntington, In; Lutheran Hosp -Indiana, Fort Wayne, In
Group Practice: Pediatric Medical Group

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Piyush J Shah, MD
(260) 356-3611
1060 Etna Ave
Huntington, IN
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll, Baroda Univ, Baroda, Gujarat, India
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: Huntington Mem Hosp, Huntington, In
Group Practice: Pediatric Medical Group

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Physicians Speciality Clinic
(260) 356-3000
1344 Maple Drive
Huntington, IN
 
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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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