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What to Expect from a Scoliosis Screening

Published on June 10th, 2020

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine, sometimes described as a C- or S-shaped curve. It can be found in the upper back, the lower back, or in both areas of the spine. There are many possible causes of scoliosis, including genetic, mechanical, biomechanical, and hormonal factors. Some adults develop scoliosis later in life, but it is often detected at an early age. If you have a child between the ages of 10-14, you may want to take them to one of our four locations for a scoliosis screening. Here’s what to expect.

1. Consultation and Observation

When you arrive for your appointment, we will begin the screening with a conversation about your experiences, including any back pain. We will make observations about the prominence of your shoulder blades and the symmetry of your shoulders and waist.

2. The Adam’s Forward Bend Test

Named after the physician William Adams who first described it, the Adam’s Test is a common feature in scoliosis screening. During the test, the person being screened is asked to bend forward at the waist, allowing the screener to make notes about the posture.

3. Scoliometer Measurements

A small instrument called a Scoliometer allows for immediate and non-invasive measurements to be taken of the person’s spine. This tool measures the degree of asymmetry across a person’s back. Readings within a certain range may warrant an x-ray to confirm the diagnosis.

Contact Our Chiropractors in Chicago, IL

We staff many qualified chiropractors in Chicago, IL who can help identify back issues and provide scoliosis solutions. If you have any questions regarding this or any other service we offer, contact us today.


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