Scoliosis Treatments for Children Pocatello ID

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Nancy Mann, MD
(208) 282-4700
465 Memorial Dr,
Pocatello, ID
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1991

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Lloyd Robert Jensen, MD
(208) 232-1443
500 S 11th Ave # 4730
Pocatello, ID
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1992

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Heilman June E MD
(208) 235-2400
333 North 18th Avenue
Pocatello, ID
 
McGee Kraig C
(208) 232-2146
755 Hospital Way Suite B3
Pocatello, ID
 
McGee Kraig C Ear Nose & Throat
(208) 235-2400
755 Hospital Way
Pocatello, ID
 
Boehm Douglas K MD
(208) 235-2400
1352 East Center Street Suite A
Pocatello, ID
 
Blair Benjamin MD
(208) 233-2100
333 North 18th Avenue Suite D1
Pocatello, ID
 
Bohus Robert W FACS
(208) 547-3341
755 Hospital Way Suite A4
Pocatello, ID
 
Jensen Lloyd R MD
(208) 232-1443
500 South 11th Avenue Suite 204
Pocatello, ID
 
Birkenhagen W Kurt
(208) 232-7434
500 South 11th Avenue Suite 501
Pocatello, ID
 
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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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