Scoliosis Treatments for Children Yakima WA

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Mary Frances Fischer, MD
(509) 575-5577
111 S 11th Ave Ste 220
Yakima, WA
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1990

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Newstead Robert MD
(509) 249-3900
111 South 11th Avenue
Yakima, WA
 
Lemp Melissa MD
(509) 452-4520
1806 West Lincoln Avenue
Yakima, WA
 
Gary Carl Lang, MD
(509) 575-0114
314 S 11th Ave Ste A
Yakima, WA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1971

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Jocelyn Pedrosa, MD
(509) 972-3321
PO Box 2605
Yakima, WA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Philippines, Coll Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1991

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Lovern W Jack MD
(509) 249-3900
111 South 11th Avenue
Yakima, WA
 
Dr. Gary Carl Lang
(509) 575-0114
314 S 11th Ave Ste A
Yakima, WA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Bracchi Roger MD
(509) 452-4520
1806 West Lincoln Avenue
Yakima, WA
 
Dr. Cristian V Chiritescu
(509) 575-0114
314-A S 11th Ave
Yakima, WA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Brian B Ullom, MD
(915) 944-8900
3105 W Chestnut Ave
Yakima, WA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tx Tech Univ Hlth Sci Ctr Sch Of Med, Lubbock Tx 79430
Graduation Year: 1992

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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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