Scoliosis Treatments for Children Wheeling WV

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FRUM James P MD Ms CCC SP
(304) 234-2060
58 16th Street
Wheeling, WV
 
Dr. Charles Henry Staab
(304) 242-3300
30 Medical Park Ste 223
Wheeling, WV
Specialty
Pediatrics

Latos D L PHYS
(304) 242-7751
Medical Park
Wheeling, WV
 
Hsinn-Hong Wang
(304) 243-1250
30 Medical Park
Wheeling, WV
Specialty
Adolescent Medicine

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Steven La Roi Mills, MD
602 Valley Professional Center South
Wheeling, WV
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Meharry Med Coll Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37208
Graduation Year: 1967

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Wheeling Clinic-A Division of Wheeling Hospitl Inc
(304) 234-2061
1 Medical Park
Wheeling, WV
 
Kenamond T G MD
(304) 234-1751
2101 Jacob Street
Wheeling, WV
 
Kettler Henry L MD
(304) 234-2110
Wheeling Clinic
Wheeling, WV
 
Dr. Laura Jane Blosser
(304) 243-1250
30 Medical Park Ste 202
Wheeling, WV
Specialty
Pediatrics

Charles Henry Staab III, MD
(304) 243-3070
30 Medical Park Ste 223
Wheeling, WV
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1974

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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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