Monday Morning Health Tip – Scoliosis Screening Part 2: The Latest Research
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|In-School Scoliosis Screening Part II: The Latest Research
Think your child doesn’t need to be screened by a doctor of chiropractic for scoliosis because he or she receives yearly in-school evaluations? Think again. Late-breaking research reveals that, in general, school-based scoliosis screenings are ineffective. Dr. Smith is unnerved by these reports, and is working to educate the community about effective scoliosis detection strategies.
The research indicates that in-school scoliosis screenings are faulty. Here are the most prevalent reasons:
- In-school screenings are not conducted by doctors who focus on the spine.
- School-based screenings lack the regular follow-up vital to controlling scoliosis.
- The screenings are not comprehensive. Research reveals that the most popular evaluation tool used at these screening, the forward-bending test, fails to detect many cases of scoliosis. (Spine 2010;35:1061-71.)
Even if your child has tested negative in school screenings, it is still essential to schedule your child for a chiropractic evaluation.
If your child has already been diagnosed with scoliosis, make sure to schedule a chiropractic checkup before turning to more aggressive treatment options, which may have adverse effects. Dr. Barbara Smith
Chiropractor and Health Educator
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