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What does it mean to get scoliosis screening?

What does it mean to get scoliosis screening?

Check for scoliosis: Scoliosis screening is done in schools for adolescents to check for any obvious abnormal spinal asymmetry or curvature on physical examination. This may include a "hump" along the ribs - especially seen with forward bending, having 1 shoulder higher than the other, tight hamstrings, abnormal scoliometer measurement, etc. If an abnormality is suspected, then a referral to a physician is given. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more


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How early should scoliosis screening start? My daughters are in middle school and haven't yet been screened for scoliosis. When should screening start? .

How early should scoliosis screening start? My daughters are in middle school and haven't yet been screened for scoliosis. When should screening start?

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Varies: Most scoliosis screening programs do begin in the middle school age, usually by the age of 9-10 years old. Although scoliosis screening is somewhat controversial (because so many cases are detected that dont really need treatment), the benefit is that in some cases early treatment can prevent the need for future surgery. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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What happens if there are suspicion of scoliosis, who can screen for scoliosis?

What happens if there are suspicion of scoliosis, who can screen for scoliosis?

Many physicians: Any family practice, orthopedic, or internal medicine physician. Usually includes physical exam and radiograph of spine. ...Read more

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Can i get a crooked spine/Scoliosis by sitting diagonally with my head tilt to the screen and lying diagonally on my bed with my head tilt to the tv?

Can i get a crooked spine/Scoliosis by sitting diagonally with my head tilt to the screen and lying diagonally on my bed with my head tilt to the tv?

Scoliosis: No, scoliosis is not caused by posture . It is typical a congenital (birth) or genetically related condition of the teenage years. Poor posture may cause neck/back muscle pain, but will not lead to permanent deformity ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible to correct congenital scoliosis thru minimally invasive method?

Please explain if it is possible to correct congenital scoliosis thru minimally invasive method?

This depends how: Severe the scoliosis is. If it is mild, postural and bracing can help correct it slightly. However, if it is advanced, there is not much that can be done with minimally invasive procedures. ...Read more

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What is congenital scoliosis?

What is congenital scoliosis?

Type of spine curve: There are multiple reasons for scoliosis &one is known as a congenital type which is when there is a deformity of the bones ( vertebra) of the spine that one is born with & leads to an early curvature of the spine. Some don't need surgery & others do. They tend to not respond to bracing & can be very progressive in terms of a rapidly worsening curve & may be associated with other medical issues. ...Read more

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What can I do about congenital scoliosis?

Orthopedic follow up: Congenital scoliosis should be followed closely by an orthopedic doc that treats scoliosis. The issue is usually that one side of the spine grows faster than the other due to failure of one or more segments to separate or form. It progresses over time as the child grows. ...Read more

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Can surgery be used to treat congenital scoliosis in children? My child was born with congenital scoliosis. Can she have surgery to correct it, or does she have to wait until she's an adult? .

Can surgery be used to treat congenital scoliosis in children? My child was born with congenital scoliosis. Can she have surgery to correct it, or does she have to wait until she's an adult?

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Talk to MD: You have to find out wether the scoliosis is affecting the child. In severe cases scoliosis can cause pain and interfere with breathing. In minor cases it is detectable on examination, but is not interfering with the patient's lifestyle. If it is the latter case you may not need surgery at all. Talk to your md about options. ...Read more

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I have congenital scoliosis surgery question, any suggestions?

Yes: Yes you could see an orthopedic surgeon with a specialty for the treatment of scoliosis. Also, if you list your specific question on healthtap, i will try to look for it and answer it if i can. Thank you. ...Read more

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Is it true that congenital scoliosis is life threatening?

Not typically: not typically. The two exception to that are if the curve has been allowed to progress to an exceptionally large degree that it effects lung or cardiac function, which is quite rare nowadays. Or two, if the patient has other associated conditions with the scoliosis such as congenital heart or kidney problems which can be seen in a small percentage of cases. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hellman
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Abnormal Curvature Of The Spine (Definition)

Abnormal curvature of the spine is a symptom in which a person's spine has sideways curvature (either to the left or to the right), or has too little or too much curvature in the front-back direction. Normal front-back spine curvatures exist in the neck, the chest, the lower back, ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Scoliosis (Definition)

Scoliosis is a condition where patients have an abnormal curvature of ...Read more