Scoliosis Treatments for Children Warwick RI

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Joseph M McNamara, MD
(401) 274-1100
101 Dudley St
Providence, RI
Business
Women & Infants Hospital
Specialties
Pediatrics

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Dr.ALLYSON HICKS
(401) 737-9240
215 Toll Gate Rd
Warwick, RI
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1990
Speciality
Pediatrician
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Alla Matsievskaya, MD
(401) 737-4343
430 Toll Gate Rd
Warwick, RI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Odessa Med Inst, Odessa, Ukraine
Graduation Year: 1980

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Radiology Associates
(401) 738-9002
469 Centerville Road
Warwick, RI
 
Dr. Siraj Amanullah
(401) 886-6020
284 Blue Ridge Rd
Warwick, RI
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Raymond Paul Zarlengo
(401) 737-9240
215 Toll Gate Rd Ste 104
Warwick, RI
Specialty
Pediatrics

James William Ziegler, MD
(401) 444-4612
430 Toll Gate Rd
Warwick, RI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Gainesville Fl 32610
Graduation Year: 1984

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Gerald Exil
(401) 737-7701
215 Toll Gate Rd
Warwick, RI
Specialty
Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurology

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Elizabeth Ann Forbes, MD
(401) 737-8467
46 Hewett St
Warwick, RI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1996

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Salk ROBT A Obstetrician
(401) 739-2000
166 Toll Gate Road
Warwick, RI
 
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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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