Early diagnosis of scoliosis is important. Your child’s pediatrician should check for scoliosis at every yearly physical exam. If your child’s spine shows signs of curvature, the doctor may monitor it closely with X-rays every few months. If the curve worsens, or is more than 25 degrees, your doctor may refer you to the CHOC Spine Center, where our spine specialists have fine-tuned the most innovative and proven scoliosis treatments available.
Testing for scoliosis can be done at home, at the school or in the doctor’s office. For the most accurate diagnosis we always recommend making an appointment with your pediatrician. When testing for scoliosis, the screening may include:
- Checking for shoulder high asymmetry
- Evaluate the iliac crest for variation in heights
- Adams forward bend test
In our scoliosis screening exam video, you will see how to check for scoliosis: