Scoliosis Treatments for Children Okmulgee OK

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Dr. Edward Wendell Osborn
(918) 756-8371
1101 S Belmont Ave Ste 205
Okmulgee, OK
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Wendy Yvonne Pitt
(606) 928-2658
1313 E 20th St
Okmulgee, OK
Specialty
Pediatrics

Baumann Walter E MD
(918) 756-4233
1815 Hillcrest
Okmulgee, OK
 
Naila Paul
(918) 756-8371
1101 S Belmont Ave
Okmulgee, OK
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Okmulgee Memorial Hospital Inc
(918) 756-4233
1401 Morris Drive
Okmulgee, OK
 
Hope Program
(918) 756-4233
1401 Morris Drive
Okmulgee, OK
 
Naila Paul, MD
(918) 758-1565
1411 Tiffany Ln
Okmulgee, OK
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Khyber Med Coll, Univ Of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1984

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Noel E Gattenby
(918) 756-8371
1101 S Belmont Ave
Okmulgee, OK
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Gattenby Noel DO
(918) 756-8371
1101 South Belmont Avenue
Okmulgee, OK
 
Malati Hani R MD
(918) 756-9271
1101 South Belmont Avenue Suite 101
Okmulgee, OK
 
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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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