Scoliosis Treatments for Children Mankato MN

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John Joy Jacobsen, MD
(507) 385-6500
101 Martin Luther King Jr Dr
Mankato, MN
Specialties
Pediatrics, Allergy And Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: Immanuel -St Josephs Hospital, Mankato, Mn
Group Practice: Immanuel St Joseph'S Mayo

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Donald Charles Putzier, MD
(507) 389-8530
1230 E Main St
Mankato, MN
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1984

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Dr. Lon Thomas Knudson
(507) 625-1811
PO Box 8674
Mankato, MN
Specialty
Pediatrics

Kerriann Mahon
(507) 385-6500
101 Martin Luther King Dr
Mankato, MN
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Kerriann Ellen Mahon, MD
(507) 385-6500
101 Martin Luther King Jr Dr
Mankato, MN
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn-Duluth Sch Med, Duluth Mn 55812
Graduation Year: 2001

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Dr. Richard Karl Waeschle
(952) 993-3357
1025 Marsh St
Mankato, MN
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Catherine Ann Davis
(507) 389-8675
1230 E Main St
Mankato, MN
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Kerriann Ellen Mahon
(507) 385-6500
101 Martin Luther King Jr Dr
Mankato, MN
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Vathsala Ganeshan
(507) 385-4700
1015 Marsh St
Mankato, MN
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. John Clinton Norris
(507) 625-5717
137 Apple Nook Ct
Mankato, MN
Specialty
Pediatrics

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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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