Scoliosis Treatments for Children Sparks NV

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Thomas Dianna MD
(775) 356-3553
2385 East Prater Way Suite 308
Sparks, NV
 
Lucia Michael MD
(775) 351-2600
2345 East Prater Way Suite 200
Sparks, NV
 
Beall Jeffrey K MD
(775) 358-4007
2385 East Prater Way Suite 205
Sparks, NV
 
Washoe Medical Center - Imaging Services- Mri-Cent
(775) 982-5087
910 Vista Boulevard
Sparks, NV
 
Sparks Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
(775) 359-7111
975 Roberta Lane
Sparks, NV
 
Johnson James W Ms Ccc-A-Advancdlgy of Nrthrn Nvda
(775) 358-4007
2385 East Prater Way
Sparks, NV
 
Dianna Jean Thomas, MD
2345 E Prater Way Ste 206
Sparks, NV
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1979

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Advanced Audiology of Northern Nevada
(775) 358-4007
2385 East Prater Way Suite 205
Sparks, NV
 
Dr. Dianna Jean Thomas
2345 E Prater Way Ste 206
Sparks, NV
Specialty
Pediatrics

Family Eyecare Associates
(775) 358-1020
1965 Baring Boulevard
Sparks, NV
 
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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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