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Scoliosis (cont.)

Exams and Tests

The physical exam involves having the child undressed from the waist up. The child faces forward with the feet straight ahead and the palms inward. With the knees locked, the child slowly bends over at the waist and tries to touch their toes. The doctor then looks at the spine for evidence of an abnormal curvature.

X-rays may be necessary in order to measure the curvature. Depending on the degree of the curvature and whether it gets worse over time, the doctor may recommend treatment.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/10/2014
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