Scoliosis Treatments for Children Pleasantville NJ

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Astin Jan K MD
(609) 677-9729
3100 Hingston Avenue
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
 
Adrene M Sellers Scott, MD
(256) 533-6311
22 N Franklin Blvd
Pleasantville, NJ
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med, Mobile Al 36688
Graduation Year: 1995

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Barry Mark Kessler, MD
(609) 645-8500
6529 Black Horse Pike
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1977

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Leong Mila MD
(609) 641-3700
2500 English Creek Avenue
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
 
Kid's Care Pediatrics PA
(609) 645-8500
6529 Black Horse Pike
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
 
Emiola Asemota Agabalogun, MD, FAAP
(609) 487-6507
23 Hartford Dr (H)
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1987

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Dr. Barry Mark Kessler
(609) 645-8500
6529 Black Horse Pike
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Specialty
Pediatrics

Kessler Barry MD
(609) 645-8500
6529 Black Horse Pike
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
 
Flick Jefferey DO
(609) 645-8500
6529 Black Horse Pike
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
 
Gidding Samuel MD
(609) 641-3700
2500 English Creek Avenue
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
 
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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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