Scoliosis | Diagnosis & Tests

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How can I tell if my child has scoliosis?

Look at your child's spine to see if it curves or if it is straight. Also check to see if one shoulder is lower than the other.

Many public schools check for scoliosis in the 5th or 6th grade. Your doctor may also examine your child for scoliosis at a regular check-up. Your doctor may be able to tell if your child has scoliosis just by looking at your child's back when it is in different positions. Your doctor may have your child stand and bend over to touch the toes. Sometimes X-rays help show the curve in the spine.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 05/96

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