Scoliosis Treatments for Children Norwich CT

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Sridhar Kolala MD
(860) 886-2655
79 Wawecus Street
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(860) 889-3227
330 Washington Street
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(860) 892-2777
326 Washington Street
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(860) 886-1433
1 Towne Park Plaza
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Laurentiu Petre Galan, MD
(860) 885-0666
119 Sachem St
Norwich, CT
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James Dudley Healy, MD
(319) 277-1541
79 Wawecus St
Norwich, CT
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Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1956

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Timothy Joseph Sullivan, MD
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92 New London Tpke
Norwich, CT
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Medical School: Umdnj-New Jersey Med Sch, Newark Nj 07103
Graduation Year: 1982

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27 Lafayette Street
Norwich, CT
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Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1980
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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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