Scoliosis Treatments for Children Keene NH

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DeBorah R Hansen
(603) 354-6666
590 Court St
Keene, NH
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Pediatrics

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Marni A Silverstein, MD
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580 Court St
Keene, NH
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Medical School: Univ Of Ma Med Sch, Worcester Ma 01655
Graduation Year: 2001

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Dr. Arthur William Simington
(603) 354-6666
590 Court St
Keene, NH
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Pediatrics

Deborah R Hansen, MD
(603) 354-6666
590 Court St
Keene, NH
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Pediatrics
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Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1998

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Patricia Isabel Campbell
(603) 354-6666
590 Court St
Keene, NH
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Adolescent Medicine

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Dr. Laura M Smyth
(732) 556-1597
580 Court St
Keene, NH
Specialty
Pediatrics

Kathleen Mary Fisher
(603) 354-6666
590 Court St
Keene, NH
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Pediatrics

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Arthur William Simington, MD
(603) 354-6666
590 Court St
Keene, NH
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Pediatrics
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Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1968

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Marni Alexandra Silverstein
(603) 354-6666
590 Court St
Keene, NH
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Patricia I Campbell, DO
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590 Court St Dept PEDS
Keene, NH
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Pediatrics
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Medical School: Univ Of New England, Coll Of Osteo Med, Biddeford Me 04005
Graduation Year: 1992

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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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