Scoliosis Treatments for Children Montrose CO

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Dr. Jennifer Bruce Sanderford
(970) 249-2421
947 S 5th St
Montrose, CO
Specialty
Pediatrics

Patrick E Henderson DO
(970) 249-6968
156 Colorado Avenue
Montrose, CO
 
D'Arrigo Kathleen J MD
(970) 249-2421
947 South 5th Street
Montrose, CO
 
Dr. Romeo Gonzaga Icasiano
(970) 249-2421
947 S 5th St
Montrose, CO
Specialty
Pediatrics

Wiard Thomas D MD
(970) 249-2421
947 South 5th Street
Montrose, CO
 
Coburn David A MD
(970) 240-0833
835 South 1st Street
Montrose, CO
 
Jennifer Marie Barker, MD
800 S 3rd St
Montrose, CO
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1998

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The Pediatric Associates
(970) 249-2421
947 South 5th Street
Montrose, CO
 
Dr. Jennifer Marie Barker
(610) 565-3336
800 S 3rd St
Montrose, CO
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Mary Louise Vader
(970) 249-2421
947 S 5th St
Montrose, CO
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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