Home Screening Test

Congratulations, you have taken the first steps in screening your child for scoliosis at home. You will need 23 adhesive paper dots or a Sharpie marker pen (or equivalent to) to execute this test. This test has not been designed to replace a physician exam and/or independent judgment about scoliosis. Always consult your doctor for medical condition.

Listed below are a few characteristics recently found to be associated with, and frequently plagues scoliosis sufferers:

· Mood Swings
· Difficulty falling asleep at a reasonable time
· Tired and exhausted late in the afternoon, with an energy surge late at night
· Preferred diet would consist of pizza, cheese, milk, and cereal
· Frequently experiences difficulty waking up in the morning
· Hypoglycemic tendencies during the day (11:00, 2:00, and 4:00)
· Frequently runs into door jams and coffee tables
· Taller and thinner than most classmates

The primary goal of this screening test is to help parents discover the first signs of scoliosis in the comfort of your own home. We have designed these step-by-step illustrated instructions to simplify the use of the test. Please complete the screening as described. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at Advanced Bracing Systems (225) 752-4912.

SCOLIOSIS SCREENING

For the comfort of the (female) child being screened, we suggest the use of a 2-piece bathing suit. Place an adhesive paper dot on each of the protrusions (bumps) in the middle of your child’s back. The first 6 dots are to be placed on the bumps in the back of the neck, 12 of the dots on the bumps of the mid-back, and 5 of the dots on the bumps of the lower back. It is important to place the dots properly, as described below, to avoid inaccurate findings. By following each step of the screening test, the normal side-to-side bending of the spine is easy to see. The disease of scoliosis affects the normal side motion of the spine.

Step 1
The child should be facing away from you. Ask the child to tuck their chin toward their chest. Place a paper dot at the most easily felt bony portion of the base of the neck, and continue upward placing dots on each of the bumps until reaching the base of the head.


Step 2
After completing the neck area, continue placing the paper dots on the prominent spinal bumps continuing down to the hips.

With the child still facing away from you, move back to an arm’s length. The dots should appear to form a straight vertical line. Look at the dots for any deviation from vertical. Please note if curvature is present (yes) (no), and then continue to the next step.

Step 3
Ask the child to bend to their left, comfortably without pain or assistance. Is there a smooth arc when bending? (yes) (no)? Please note if any segments of the spine appear to be straight rather than arching. (See photo)

Step 4
Ask the child to bend to their right, comfortably without pain or assistance. Is there a smooth arc when bending? (yes) (no)? Please note if any segments of the spine appear to be straight rather than arcing. (See photo) Does it appear that there is equal bending to the left and right? If you are unsure, repeat steps 5 and 6 several times to properly screen the side motion. Is there greater motion on the (left) (right) or (equal)?


Step 5
Ask the child to place their palms together and bend forward.
Observe for the following signs:
Ribs appear higher on one side yes no
Lower back appears higher on one side yes no
Shoulder blade appears higher on left right
Hip appears higher on left right
Distance between arm and hip greater on left right equal
Head tilting toward left right equal

Step 6
Ask the child to stand up and observe for the following:
Ribs appear higher on one side yes no
Lower back appears higher on one side yes no
Shoulder blade appears higher on left right
Hip appears higher on left right
Distance between arm and hip greater on left right
Head tilting toward left right

Step 7
Ask the child to face you and observe for:
Shoulder blade appears higher on left right
Hip appears higher on left right

Early detection and proper proactive treatment is the key to success. Conservative treatment including: specific nutrients, exercises, and muscle strengthen/re-education are often beneficial in the recovery from scoliosis. Paul Harrington, known for inventing the surgery that implants metal rods in scoliotic spines, stated in 1963, “Surgical instrumentation will not cure the disease of scoliosis.”

This test is for screening purposes only. It is not intended to take the place of a full diagnostic evaluation. If any of the screening results appear abnormal, further examination with x-rays may be needed for proper scoliosis diagnoses. If you would like to purchase the original test kit for $5.95, please call 225-752-4912.