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Scoliosis Testing Raises A Lot of Questions

by Sue Hubbard, M.D.

It seems that it is school screening season for scoliosis (curvature of the spine) in our area and I am seeing a number of ‘tweens who are being referred for evaluation of possible scoliosis. The testing is typically done in the middle school years as children approach puberty or are in early puberty. The screeners look at several areas of a child’s back, including shoulder symmetry, scapular symmetry, hip level, and observation of the spine while standing and then lastly during forward flexion

Again, this is just a screening procedure in hopes of identifying those children who may show early signs of scoliosis and have appropriate intervention if necessary.

I have noticed several referrals from schools and when I have seen the child there has already been a great deal of worry that they are “going to wear a brace for life, and never go to school again”, or even “have surgery right away”. Several of the kids were not even clear what they were having done, but they knew it was “BAD” that they got a note and one boy said he overheard “we’ve got an early one”. Problem was he wasn’t clear what they were talking about and of course thought the worst.

So, if your child is screened and shows any abnormality, before jumping to conclusions and going to the internet (which typically may show the worst cases), reassure your son or daughter that you are taking them to their pediatrician to get a second opinion, as well as further information. Due to the fact that we screen early, most referrals may only show one shoulder being slightly higher, or one hip a little higher, and in that case it may be most appropriate to watch the child every six months to see if the asymmetry changes and worsens. It is most important to keep a close eye on these changes during the period of rapid growth during puberty. You do not want to wait two years to check again. By keeping a close eye, if the problem does worsen, x-rays will be taken to determine the degree of curvature. At that point, the child may possibly be braced, and typically just in the after school hours and at night. Early bracing usually prevents the need for surgery. When found early and treated you can mitigate long-term problems with severe scoliosis.

That’s your daily dose, we’ll chat again tomorrow.

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