Scoliosis Treatments for Children Winchester KY

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Kuduk Michael K MD
(859) 744-6662
1110 McCann Drive
Winchester, KY
 
Clark Family Care
(859) 745-4469
29 Canary Lane
Winchester, KY
 
Dr. Ralph A Alvarado
(859) 744-5111
3250 McClure Rd
Winchester, KY
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Michael Karl Kuduk
(859) 744-6662
1110 McCann Dr Ste 4
Winchester, KY
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Elizabeth Ann Griffith
(859) 737-9997
406 David Ln
Winchester, KY
Specialty
Pediatrics

Central Kentucky Sleep Laboratory
(859) 744-5111
174 Pedro Way
Winchester, KY
 
Dr. Larry Lee Ertel
(859) 744-0067
1520 Boonesboro Rd
Winchester, KY
Specialty
Pediatrics

Winchester Medical Associates LLC
(859) 744-5111
475 Shoppers Drive
Winchester, KY
 
Mogilevski Aleksandr MD
(859) 737-1300
128 Professional Avenue
Winchester, KY
 
Michael J Perlmutter MD
(859) 901-9907
205 Floyd Clay Drive
Winchester, KY
 

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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