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Scoliosis is a lateral curvature of the spine that is greater than 10 degrees and is seen in 3% of the population (Hollier, 2021). Scoliosis can be seen in different stages of life, like infantile, juvenile, and adolescent so continuous assessments are needed. The continuation of assessments is due to scoliosis causing debilitating problems. Response to Student Post

Some contribute to a reduction in space for other organs when curvature occurs if not addressed on time. Some risk factors that are typically linked to scoliosis are unequal leg lengths, anomalies of the spinal column, family history of scoliosis, cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy (Bickley, 2020). Response to Student Post

Some assessment findings are unequal areas of the body, some being the shoulder height, waist angles, rib prominences, and chest and back asymmetry. Girls tend to have a higher risk and require to be assessed twice once at age 10 and again at age 12. Boys are just required to be checked once and that is between ages 13 and 14.

Diagnostic studies include an x-ray of the entire spine, hip joint included to evaluate the degree of the curvature deformity. MRI or CT can also be used for R/O of congenital abnormalities (Hollier, 2021). Prevention screening is encouraged due the early identification will assist in the prevention of further complications and prevent the need for more invasive treatment in the future. Response to Student Post

There are a lot of preventative assistance and workups that have taken place to assist in the early detection of scoliosis in many individuals. Due to those protocols, there are fewer and fewer individuals debilitated due to scoliosis.


Bickley, L. S. (2020). Bates’ guide to physical examination and history taking (13th ed.). Wolters Kluwer.

Hollier, A. (2021). Clinical Guidelines in Primary Care (4TH ed.).



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