Scoliosis Treatments for Children Pleasantville NJ

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Kaufman Barry P MD
(609) 407-1220
3205 Fire Road
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
 
Chang- Ho MD Faap
(609) 641-0200
1919 New Road
Pleasantville, NJ
 
Kid's Care Pediatrics PA
(609) 645-8500
6529 Black Horse Pike
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
 
Lowe Neurosurgical Associates Inc
(609) 601-6363
1999 New Road
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
 
Atlanticare Behavioral Health - Administration- Fi
(609) 272-1144
2511 Fire Road Suite B10
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
 
Dr. Cheryl Ann Kuponiyi
(609) 347-5738
104 Treetop Ln
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Specialty
Pediatrics

Cheryl A Kuponiyi
(609) 601-6366
303 Central Ave
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Maleki Dordaneh MD
(609) 407-1220
3205 Fire Road
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
 
Keiner Lisa DO
(609) 272-9040
22 North Franklin Boulevard
Pleasantville, NJ
 
Minda Unidad S Roan, MD
(609) 645-8500
6529 Black Horse Pike
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1978

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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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