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Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty. While scoliosis can be caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, the cause of most scoliosis is unknown. For further information visit

Simple Checklist for the Early Detection of Scoliosis

Is one shoulder higher than the other?
Is one shoulder blade more prominent than the other?
Does one hip seem higher or more prominent than the other?
  Is there a greater distance between the arm and the body on one side than on the other, when the arms are hanging down loosely at the sides?
Is there a larger "crease" at one side of the waist than at the other side?
  Does the child have a "swayback" (lordosis)?
Does the child have "round shoulder" or "humpback?" (kyphosis)
Does the child seem to "list" or lean to one side?

When the child is bending forward with the arms hanging down loosely with the hands even and the palms touching each other at about the level of the knees:

  Is there a hump in the rib area?
Is there a hump in the lumbar region (near the waist)?

If you answered "yes" answers it is advised that you consult with your physician, an orthopedist, or your pediatrician for further evaluation.

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Last Modified on Monday, April 23, 2018