Scoliosis Treatments for Children Sun City West AZ

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Clinic for Chest Diseases
(623) 974-2434
13949 West Meeker Boulevard
Sun City West, AZ
 
Tinuola K Babarinde
(623) 975-5400
14506 W Granite Valley Dr
Sun City West, AZ
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Sun Radiology
(623) 544-7300
13909 West Camino Del Sol
Sun City West, AZ
 
Sun Valley Urology PC
(623) 584-4695
13907 West Camino Del Sol Suite 101
Sun City West, AZ
 
Dr. Le Hien Vu
(218) 741-0150
14418 W Meeker Blvd
Sun City West, AZ
Specialty
Pediatrics

Clinic for Digestive Diseases MD
(623) 214-9692
14300 West Granite Valley Drive Suite C9
Sun City West, AZ
 
Yip David S MD
(623) 556-5437
14300 West Granite Valley Drive
Sun City West, AZ
 
Surprise Pediatrics
(623) 876-9983
14418 West Meeker Boulevard
Sun City West, AZ
 
Arizona Ear Nose & Throat Center
(623) 975-1660
13949 West Meeker Boulevard Suite C
Sun City West, AZ
 
Babarinde Tinuola MD Faap
(623) 975-5400
14506 West Granite Valley Drive
Sun City West, AZ
 
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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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