Scoliosis Treatments for Children Palmer AK

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Moser Michael R MD
(907) 745-1777
425 East Dahlia Avenue Suite L
Palmer, AK
 
Lentz Ellen FNP
(907) 745-1777
425 East Dahlia Avenue Suite L
Palmer, AK
 
The Family Health Center P C
(907) 745-1777
425 East Dahlia Avenue Suite L
Palmer, AK
 
Sloan Linda J MD
(907) 745-1777
425 East Dahlia Avenue Suite L
Palmer, AK
 
Milton Kwock Wah Lum, MD
(907) 352-6200
1700 Bogard Rd
Wasilla, AK
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1972

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Alaska Imaging Associates LLC
(907) 745-7959
634 South Bailey Street
Palmer, AK
 
Alaska Urological Associates APC
(907) 276-2803
634 South Bailey Street Suite 105
Palmer, AK
 
Alaska Southcentral Urology Specialists
(907) 376-9166
West Valley Medical
Palmer, AK
 
Petroleum Gay W Pa-C
(907) 745-1777
425 East Dahlia Avenue Suite L
Palmer, AK
 
Cathy Baldwin-Johnson Faafp
(907) 352-6200
1700 Bogard Road
Wasilla, AK
 
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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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