Scoliosis Treatments for Children Wilmington DE

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Stacey Beth Garfield, MD
Apt 3 1416 N Van Buren St
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2004

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Labowitz Russell J MD
(302) 655-0121
1902 North Scott Street Apt A
Wilmington, DE
 
Amanda Joanna Kay, MD
1925 Shallcross Ave
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 2000

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Dr. Deidre Christine Day
Wilmington, DE
Specialty
Pediatrics

Patricia H Purcell
(302) 428-1142
1508 Pennsylvania Ave
Wilmington, DE
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Allison Dorothea Kolody, MD
(302) 655-5859
912 Lovering Ave
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Pediatrics, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 2001

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Rastogi Pawan MD
(302) 571-9750
1306 North Broom Street
Wilmington, DE
 
Dr. Kathleen Ann Bowes
(302) 652-1616
1608 N Lincoln St
Wilmington, DE
Specialty
Pediatrics

Patricia Ann Purcell, MD
1508 Pennsylvania Ave Ste 2C
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1974

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Luft Jay D MD
(302) 658-0404
2300 Pennsylvania Avenue Suite 2A
Wilmington, DE
 
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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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