Scoliosis Treatments for Children Woodbridge VA

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Clinton Mark J Fccp
(703) 878-0924
2296 Opitz Boulevard
Woodbridge, VA
 
Prince William Pediatrics Center
(703) 492-1400
14904 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Woodbridge, VA
 
Dr. Jocelyn D Trent
(703) 878-2233
2296 Opitz Blvd Ste 403
Woodbridge, VA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Manolisa Tandoc Cornel, MD
(703) 499-9655
220 Optz Blvd Ste 340
Woodbridge, VA
Specialties
Pediatrics
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Male
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Graduation Year: 1988

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Krishna Prasad Madiraju
(703) 492-7000
2024 Opitz Blvd Ste A
Woodbridge, VA
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Pediatrics

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Madiraju Krishna P Faap
(703) 492-7000
2024 Opitz Boulevard Suite A
Woodbridge, VA
 
Dr. Paula Ann Labriola
1924 Opitz Blvd
Woodbridge, VA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Puglise Joseph V Faap
(703) 494-1144
1924 Opitz Boulevard
Woodbridge, VA
 
Donna M Ms
(703) 878-0777
2280 Opitz Boulevard
Woodbridge, VA
 
Dr. Krishna Prasad Madiraju
(360) 397-3250
2024 Opitz Blvd Ste A
Woodbridge, VA
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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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