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Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida PA
(863) 382-1146
3670 USHighway 27 North
Sebring, FL
 
Cavalcant Roy D MD
(863) 471-1888
6801 USHighway 27 North
Sebring, FL
 
Central Florida Open MRI
(863) 402-0938
2821 USHighway 27 North
Sebring, FL
 
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(863) 382-4800
3838 USHighway 27 South
Sebring, FL
 
Bhatt Bipin MD Fccp - Soham Pulmonary Group
(863) 382-8877
6801 USHighway 27 North
Sebring, FL
 
Desai Asay S MD
(863) 382-8811
3650 Emergency Lane
Sebring, FL
 
Calleja Dan MD Fccp
(863) 382-8877
6801 USHighway 27 North
Sebring, FL
 
Dr. J Jesus Diaz
(713) 759-1641
3581 S Highlands Ave
Sebring, FL
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dizziness & Hearing Rehabilitation Center
(863) 382-2999
3200 Physicians Way
Sebring, FL
 
Pedro E Montanez, MD
(863) 453-8500
119 US Highway 27 N
Sebring, FL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936
Graduation Year: 1982

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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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