Scoliosis Treatments for Children Ridgeland MS

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Mississippi Asthma & Allergy Clinic PA
(601) 898-1877
680 Highway 51
Ridgeland, MS
 
Scott Medical Imaging
(601) 957-6447
730 Ridgewood Road
Ridgeland, MS
 
Dr. Leslie Lamar Jones
(601) 856-2598
297 Highway 51 Ste B
Ridgeland, MS
Specialty
Pediatrics

Nancy G Wahl, MD
(601) 853-2383
107 Claiborne Chase
Ridgeland, MS
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Gainesville Fl 32610
Graduation Year: 1983

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Catherine Cooley Faulk, MD, FAAP
(601) 898-0619
313 Redbud Pl
Ridgeland, MS
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1996

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Dr. Leslie Kay Delaney
(601) 856-2598
297 Highway 51 Ste B
Ridgeland, MS
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Suzanne Burvant Senter
(704) 721-2060
Ridgeland, MS
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Sheryll Fletcher Vincent
(601) 362-5321
Ridgeland, MS
Specialty
Pediatrics

Donna Sue Tafor, MD
(601) 605-1744
418 Autumn Creek Dr
Ridgeland, MS
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1995

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Jones Leslie L Faap
(601) 856-2598
297 Highway 51
Ridgeland, MS
 
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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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