ZocdocAnswersHow can I check my kid for scoliosis?

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How can I check my kid for scoliosis?

My son is very active and I don't want him to hurt himself.

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Some questions to consider include have you noticed anything in regards to his stance, his back when he bends over, or any other issues with his body that appear to be asymmetric? Is there any family history of back problems or scoliosis? Does he complain of any back pain or breathing difficulty? These are questions to consider and discuss with your pediatrician as he or she will best be able to evaluate your son's medical history, presenting symptoms and clinical exam and decide whether further evaluation is necessary. This may include imaging studies or a referral to a specialist depending on what is found. In general, children are screened at very early ages for scoliosis so the likelihood that your child has scoliosis that has not been diagnosed is low, but of course, this does not mean that it is impossible. For these reasons, it is important that you are evaluated by your pediatrician as he or she will be able to answer your questions with regards to this possibility and if your son does indeed have scoliosis, whether further work up is required and whether any restrictions should be placed on his activity.

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