How Do Kids Find Out if They Have Scoliosis?

By July 19, 2011General

Sometimes scoliosis will be easily noticeable. A curved spine can cause someone’s body to tilt to the left or right. Many kids with scoliosis have one shoulder blade that’s higher than the other or an uneven waist with a tendency to lean to one side. These problems may be noticed when a kid is trying on new clothes. If one pant leg is shorter than the other, a kid might have scoliosis. It’s also possible that the kid does not have scoliosis, but one leg may be slightly shorter than the other or the ribs may be uneven.

You might get examined for scoliosis at school or during a doctor visit. In the United States, about half of the states require public schools to test for scoliosis. It’s an easy test called the forward-bending test, and it doesn’t hurt at all. It involves bending over, with straight knees, and reaching your fingertips toward your feet or the floor. Then, a doctor or nurse will look at your back to see if your spine curves or if your ribs are uneven.

Sarah is a 12-year-old junior high school student who was screened by the school nurse for scoliosis. She was found to have a prominent shoulder blade and one shoulder higher than the other. Her hips are uneven, and when she bends forward, a rib prominence is noticed. The nurse sent a note home requesting a scoliosis evaluation. Sarah was happy that she was finally getting her back examined because she does not like the way she looks in a bathing suit or enjoy shopping for fancy dresses for her school dances because the fit is uneven.

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