Scoliosis Treatments for Children Winchester KY

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Harold Stone Moberly, MD
(859) 744-2732
246 W Lexington Ave
Winchester, KY
Specialties
Family Practice, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1955

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Parell William
(859) 745-1126
1111 McCann Drive
Winchester, KY
 
Mogilevski Aleksandr MD
(859) 737-1300
128 Professional Avenue
Winchester, KY
 
Moore Scott G MD
(859) 745-4469
29 Canary Lane
Winchester, KY
 
Pinto Jerry S MD
(859) 744-5111
475 Shoppers Drive
Winchester, KY
 
Ralph A Alvarado, MD
(859) 744-5111
475 Shoppers Dr
Winchester, KY
Specialties
Pediatrics, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 1994

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Dr. Ronald Lynn Fulkerson
(859) 744-5655
1300 W Lexington Ave
Winchester, KY
Specialty
Pediatrics

Michael J Perlmutter MD
(859) 901-9907
205 Floyd Clay Drive
Winchester, KY
 
Terrell Freddie L MD
(859) 737-4411
1114 McCann Drive
Winchester, KY
 
Dr. Larry Lee Ertel
(859) 744-0067
1560 Boonesboro Rd
Winchester, KY
Specialty
Pediatrics

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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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