Scoliosis Treatments for Children Mcpherson KS

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Larzalere James R MD
(620) 241-4272
1233 North Main Street
Mcpherson, KS
Gaeddert Wade A MD
(620) 245-0148
1000 Hospital Drive
Mcpherson, KS
Dr. Vernon Alexander Mills
(913) 727-6046
3550 S 4th St Ste 120
Leavenworth, KS

Dr. Suguna Venumbaka Reddy
(316) 321-7550
700 W Central Ave Ste 108
El Dorado, KS

Dr. Kirsten Reilly
(816) 218-2500
Stilwell, KS

McPherson Surgery Association
(620) 241-0917
1000 Hospital Drive
Mcpherson, KS
Barbara Jean Allphin, MD
(816) 234-3851
2700 W 66th St
Shawnee Mission, KS
Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine-Pediatrics
Medical School: Univ Of Mo-Kansas City Sch Of Med, Kansas City Mo 64108
Graduation Year: 1975

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Kretsinger W Brock DO
(620) 343-6800
1301 West 12th Avenue Suite 201
Emporia, KS
Dierenfeldt W Travis MD
(785) 539-0156
1213 Hylton Heights Road Suite 101
Manhattan, KS
Dr. Vernon Lee Branson
(913) 843-7171
Medical Arts Bldg 3346 Maine
Lawrence, KS

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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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