From 8 to 10 years, most children and adolescents are subject to review of scoliosis in a routine medical examination. Many states require public schools to examine their students for scoliosis, usually in fifth or sixth grade. During the examination, the health professional will ask the child to stand straight on, then you lean forward and try to touch your toes.
This forward-leaning position allows the health professional to observe the curvature of the spine, to detect whether the body is abnormally tilted to the left or right or if a blade is higher than the other. It is not known accurately the overall value of the routine examination.
If the school nurse or doctor suspect your child’s scoliosis specialist may refer you to a column, usually an orthopedic surgeon (a specialist who treats diseases of the bones and joints) to perform more tests. To help make the diagnosis, often made a series of spine radiographs. With these films, the specialist will determine the severity of scoliosis and the risk of worsening. Once made, the doctor will recommend a specific treatment.
Scoliosis is a condition that usually occurs during childhood or adolescence. Once the rapid growth of the bone ends after puberty, scoliosis usually does not worsen. As the spine undergoes normal weakness during adulthood, curvatures and symptoms may gradually get worse.