Scoliosis Treatments for Children North Little Rock AR

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Stanley Joe P MD
(501) 663-6900
4301 Lochridge Road
North Little Rock, AR
 
Dr. Vuong Dao
(501) 753-0870
6205 Countryside Dr
North Little Rock, AR
Specialty
Pediatrics

Arkansas Otolaryngology Center
(501) 753-8444
4701 Fairway Avenue
North Little Rock, AR
 
Laura Reeves Mc Leane, MD
(501) 753-2788
North Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1984

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Dr. Krystal Leigh Castle
(501) 812-5378
724 W D Ave (H)
North Little Rock, AR
Specialty
Pediatrics

Bob Grosser, MD
(501) 771-3871
North Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Ziegler Aubrey W
(501) 663-8400
2504 McCain Boulevard Suite 118
North Little Rock, AR
 
Dr. Bob Grosser
(501) 771-3871
North Little Rock, AR
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Laura Reeves Mc Leane
(501) 753-2788
North Little Rock, AR
Specialty
Pediatrics

Robbie D Pesek, MD
(501) 364-1874
4808 Arlington Drive (H)
North Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2004

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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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