Scoliosis Treatments for Children Salem NH

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Deepak Sharma, MD
(603) 893-8030
23 Stiles Rd
Salem, NH
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Gov'T Med Coll, Kashmir Univ, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India
Graduation Year: 1976

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Noah Laban Rosenberg, MD
(603) 432-2803
18 Pelham Rd
Salem, NH
Specialties
Pediatrics, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Pa, Philadelphia Pa 19129
Graduation Year: 1993

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Arora Priyanka MD
(603) 893-1521
23 Stiles Rd
Salem, NH
 
Dr. Laura Ellen Olszewski
(205) 987-4444
254 N Broadway
Salem, NH
Specialty
Pediatrics

Korbey Azar A MD
(603) 893-7905
22 Main Street
Salem, NH
 
Advanced Digital Imaging
(603) 893-1893
90 Stiles Rd
Salem, NH
 
Dr. Lisa M Fitzgibbons
(603) 893-4901
23 Stiles Rd Ste 210
Salem, NH
Specialty
Pediatrics

Lisa M Fitzgibbons, MD, FAAP
(603) 893-4901
23 Stiles Rd Ste 210
Salem, NH
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1997

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William B Feldmann, MD
(603) 893-7905
22 Main St
Salem, NH
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med, Brooklyn Ny 11203
Graduation Year: 1991

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Sakr Ossama MD
(603) 893-9050
23 Stiles Road
Salem, NH
 
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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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