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. Siraj Amanullah
(401) 886-6020
284 Blue Ridge Rd
Warwick, RI
Specialty
Pediatrics

Fletcher David P MD
(401) 737-2117
390 Toll Gate Road Suite 202
Warwick, RI
 
Johnny Chavarria, MD
(401) 737-4282
929 Main Ave
Warwick, RI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Esc Auto De Cien Med De Centro America, San Jose, Costa Rica
Graduation Year: 1990

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Nieto Carlos MD
(401) 739-4844
300 Toll Gate Road Suite 301A
Warwick, RI
 
Campbell Nathalie A MD
(401) 739-4350
215 Toll Gate Road
Warwick, RI
 
Dr. David P Fletcher
(401) 737-2117
390 Toll Gate Rd
Warwick, RI
Specialty
Pediatrics

Kent Urology Inc
(401) 737-5253
390 Toll Gate Road Suite 204
Warwick, RI
 
Bansal Sudhir PHYS
(401) 732-6828
215 Toll Gate Road
Warwick, RI
 
Tri County Urology
(401) 739-2984
400 Bald Hill 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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