Scoliosis Treatments for Children Manhattan KS

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Biberstein Greg A MD
(785) 537-9030
1133 College Avenue
Manhattan, KS
 
Steven Joseph Haug, MD
(913) 537-0225
1133 College Ave
Manhattan, KS
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1986

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Dierenfeldt W Travis MD
(785) 539-0156
1213 Hylton Heights Road Suite 101
Manhattan, KS
 
Peck Roger G MD
(785) 537-2651
1133 College Avenue
Manhattan, KS
 
Devine John P MD
(785) 537-8710
1133 College Avenue
Manhattan, KS
 
Dr. Jean Ellen Wardrip
(803) 799-5891
Manhattan, KS
Specialty
Pediatrics

Place Thomas R MD
(785) 539-7641
1133 College Avenue Suite E120
Manhattan, KS
 
Dr. Steven Joseph Haug
(913) 537-0225
1133 College Ave
Manhattan, KS
Specialty
Pediatrics

Medical Associates of Manhattan
(785) 537-2651
1133 College Avenue
Manhattan, KS
 
Jason Richard Gallagher, MD
1133 College Ave
Manhattan, KS
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1997

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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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