Scoliosis Treatments for Children Lorain OH

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Kevin W Chang, MD
(440) 234-1300
347 Front St
Berea, OH
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Kevin W Chang MD
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Pediatrics

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Johnson Tanja MD
(440) 233-0166
1800 Livingston Avenue
Lorain, OH
 
Boutros Rami MD
(440) 204-7400
Cleveland Clinic
Lorain, OH
 
Kevin Leo Turner, MD
(216) 844-1000
3600 Kolbe Rd
Lorain, OH
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Pediatrics
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Male
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Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1999

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Gerber Marisa MD
(440) 204-7400
Cleveland Clinic
Lorain, OH
 
Kumar N Swamy, MD
(440) 282-2146
5065 Oberlin Ave
Lorain, OH
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Pediatrics
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Male
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Medical School: Mysore Med Coll, Mysore Univ, Mysore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1972

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McNutt Robert MD
(440) 204-7400
Cleveland Clinic
Lorain, OH
 
Robert Alan Weiss, MD
(440) 204-7400
5700 Cooper Foster Park Rd W
Lorain, OH
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Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1974

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Chrismer Lynn C MD
(440) 204-7400
5800 Cooper Foster Park R
Lorain, OH
 
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(440) 233-0138
1800 Livingston Avenue
Lorain, OH
 
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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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