It is mandatory that a scoliosis screening be done on all children in grades 5-8. The purpose of this program is to recognize the signs of spinal curvature at its earliest stages so that the need for treatment can be determined. Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine. In its early development, it is painless and develops gradually, especially during rapid adolescent growth. Kyphosis, sometimes called roundback, is an exaggerated forward bend of the spine and is often confused with poor posture. Many cases of curvature of the spine require only on-going observation by a doctor after diagnosis, but others get progressively more severe as the child grows and require active treatment. Early treatment can prevent the development of a severe deformity which can affect a person’s appearance and health.
If your child has had a physical within the school year, the postural screening results will be documented on their blue Health Assessment Record and recorded on the Cumulative Health Record (CHR). If this has not been done, I will do the screenings at the end of April and the beginning of May. If further consultation is recommended, you will be notified of the findings and it will be asked to seek further evaluation by your physician/Orthopedist.
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