Why Early Detection of Scoliosis Matters

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) While many kids are going back to school over the next week, it might be a good time to check your child’s back for scoliosis. Raising awareness for scoliosis, M.D. Graham Fedorak from Shriners Hospitals for Children, Skyler Day and Pete Day joined Good Morning Utah with Hailey Higgins.

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that can limit mobility and sometimes lead to more serious health problems. An estimated 6-9 million people in the U.S., and millions more worldwide, have scoliosis.

Scoliosis is most commonly diagnosed between 10 and 15 years of age, when children grow rapidly. Some cases, however, can go undetected for periods of time because during this point in a child’s life fewer vaccinations are required, so they may see a doctor less often. Early detection is the best way to prevent curve progression. We recommend routine scoliosis screenings for all children and adolescents

Skyler was diagnosed with scoliosis when her mom checked her back after getting a flyer from school, realizing something wasn’t right. At Shriners Hospital, they discovered that she had a more complex than usual form of scoliosis that progresses rapidly, caused by Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Chiari Malformation. She had a successful outcome at Shriners Hospital and has been able to pursue her dreams in acting.

Skyler is now a patient ambassador for Shriners Hospital, something she’s excited about now for other kids like her is the new SpineScreen app.

SpineScreen is a helpful educational tool for parents! SpineScreen is a free app for parents to perform a preliminary spine check on their child in the comfort and privacy of their own home. It detects abnormal curves when the phone is moved along a child’s back, giving parents a quick, informal way to regularly monitor their child’s spine.

Many people think of scoliosis as a 2-dimensional deformity, but there’s a lot of rotation in the rib cage. The SpineScreen app measures rotation which correlates to spinal curvature.

Once you download SpineScreen on the App Store or Google Play, simply move your smartphone along your child’s back and it will detect any abnormal curves of the spine. You will be asked to perform the scan twice to ensure an accurate reading. An instructional video is also available in SpineScreen

If the app measures a curve greater than 7 % on both scans, you will receive a reading that states your child’s spine rotation appears outside the acceptable range and prompt you to consult a professional health care provider for further examination

If you suspect any abnormality, be seen by an expert.
Shriners Hospitals for Children – Salt Lake City referral hotline: 800-314-4283 / www.shrinersSLC.org

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