Scoliosis Treatments for Children Waterloo IA

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Nakhasi A K MD
(319) 272-8644
2710 Saint Francis Drive
Waterloo, IA
 
Lori Ann Shockley, MD
(319) 272-5000
2710 Saint Francis Dr
Waterloo, IA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1994
Hospital
Hospital: Covenant Med Ctr, Waterloo, Ia
Group Practice: Covenant Clinic

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Eagan Christopher DO
(319) 272-5000
2710 Saint Francis Drive Suite 319
Waterloo, IA
 
Anand Nithi S Md MPH
(319) 272-8644
2710 Saint Francis Drive Suite 302
Waterloo, IA
 
Dr.Lori Shockley
(319) 272-5000
2710 Saint Francis Dr # 510
Waterloo, IA
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi
Year of Graduation: 1994
Speciality
Pediatrician
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Hospital: Covenant Med Ctr, Waterloo, Ia
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Lori A Shockley
(319) 272-5000
2710 Saint Francis Dr
Waterloo, IA
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Rotenberg Dov MD
(319) 272-5000
2710 Saint Francis Drive Suite 411
Waterloo, IA
 
Foens C S MD Covenant Cancer Treatment Center
(319) 272-2800
200 East Ridgeway Avenue Suite 400
Waterloo, IA
 
Covenant Clinic - Family Practice- Waverly Health
(319) 272-5000
2710 Saint Francis Drive Suite 210
Waterloo, IA
 
Sutherland John MD
(319) 272-2112
2055 Kimball Avenue
Waterloo, IA
 
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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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