Scoliosis Treatments for Children Nashua NH

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Dr. William P Lero
(978) 343-2775
280 Main St Ste 410
Nashua, NH
Specialty
Pediatrics

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England
(603) 891-4400
173 Daniel Webster Highway
Nashua, NH
 
Albert F Scaramella
(603) 883-1626
10 Prospect St
Nashua, NH
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Sumana Myneni, MD
8 Prospect St
Nashua, NH
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Siddartha Med Coll, Univ Of Hlth Sci, Vijayawada, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1997

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McNamee Susan L Arnp
(603) 595-7388
280 Main Street
Nashua, NH
 
Robey Carol W MD
(603) 880-1440
505 West Hollis Street Suite 101
Nashua, NH
 
Stacey A Kopp
(603) 577-4400
591 W Hollis St
Nashua, NH
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Dr. Lawrence Mark Learner
505 W Hollis St
Nashua, NH
Specialty
Pediatrics

Heart Center
(603) 889-4322
166 Kinsley Street Suite 301
Nashua, NH
 
Health Center
(603) 883-1626
10 Prospect Street
Nashua, NH
 
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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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