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Scoliosis Diagnosis

  •  Scoliosis may be detected by your family doctor while performing a routine check-up. If necessary, it will be confirmed with an X-ray of your back.
  • School screening, unfortunately, is not very common in most countries but it is the best way to detect scoliosis early. Usually, this is done using an instrument call a scoliometer, which is a simple angle finder or inclinometer that measures rotations of the spine/rib cage. A nurse, or other healthcare professional with special training, can check a child within two minutes using a scoliometer. It is simple to use and it is even possible for a parent to check their own child following some simple instructions.
  • It is important to follow-up on the deformation evolution, especially during childhood. This surveillance must be done by an orthopaedic doctor through regular check-ups, every 3 to 6 months, depending on the severity of the curve, the age of the child and the family history. These check-ups include a physical examination and an X-ray, if necessary.
  • Scoliosis is quantified by the measurement of the angle of your spine curvature on the X-ray. This is called the Cobb angle.
  • General non-surgical treatment indications are: skeletally immature children with curves of 15: or more combined with either proven progression (5: or more in six months or less) or strong family history.


Should you recognise any of these possible symptoms, contact your family doctor.

Normal (fig. 1)

  • head centred over mid-buttocks

  • shoulders level

  • shoulder blades level, with equal prominence

  • hips level and symmetrical

  • equal distance between arms and body

Possible Scoliosis (fig. 2)

  • head alignment to one side of mid buttocks

  • one shoulder higher

  • one shoulder blade higher with possible prominence

  • one hip more prominent than the other

  • unequal distance between arms and body

Normal (fig. 3)

  • both sides of upper and lower back symmetrical
  • hips level and symmetrical

Possible Scoliosis (fig. 4)

  • one side of rib cage and/or the lower back showing uneven symmetry

Normal (fig. 5)

  • even and symmetrical on both sides of the upper and lower back

Possible Scoliosis (fig. 6)

  • unequal symmetry of the upper back, lower back or both