Scoliosis Screening

  • Make scoliosis screening part of your child's annual exam. As of July 2009, Legislative Bill No. 1322 was passed and signed to rescind scoliosis screening in public schools.  In previous years, school nurses screened all students in 5th, 7th & 9th grades annually. Scoliosis screening is not conducted at school.

    Our nurses encourage you to have your son or daughter checked by your health care provider when they have their yearly physical exam. If you are concerned and unable to access a health care provider, please contact the building school nurse to request a scoliosis screening.

    What is scoliosis?
    Scoliosis is an abnormal side-to-side curvature of the spine that may cause deformity and pain if undiagnosed. Most scoliosis goes undetected and does not cause any problems. Occasionally scoliosis is bad enough that bracing or surgery is indicated.

    The symptoms of scoliosis are uneven musculature on one side of the spine. This may look like a rib hump, a prominent shoulder blade, one shoulder being higher than the other or an uneven hip. Pain is occasionally considered a symptom of scoliosis.