Scoliosis Treatments for Children Norfolk VA

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Lynelle W Slade Byrd, MD
1508 Norway Ct
Norfolk, VA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 2002

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Valerie Ann L Stallings, MD
(804) 683-2796
1395 Emory Pl
Norfolk, VA
Specialties
Preventive Medicine, Public Health And General Preventive Medecine, Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1968

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Howard Lee Rogers, MD
(904) 395-0111
1475 Harmott Ave
Norfolk, VA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Gainesville Fl 32610
Graduation Year: 1993

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Ellen Mary Fitzpatrick, MD
(716) 913-3403
3226 Locust Ave
Norfolk, VA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1999

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Portsmouth Community Health
(757) 533-9108
3415 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA
 
Dr. CAPT Jon D Mason
(757) 622-1198
1442 N Veaux Loop
Norfolk, VA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Lawrence M Pasquinelli, MD, FAAP
3025 Vendome Ter
Norfolk, VA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1991

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CAPT Jon D Mason, MD, FAAP
(757) 622-1198
1442 N Veaux Loop
Norfolk, VA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1978

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Mickunas Victor H Faap
(757) 640-0022
1909 Granby Street Suite A
Norfolk, VA
 
Michael Stanley Sullivan, MD
Norfolk, VA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci, Bethesda Md 20814
Graduation Year: 1996

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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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