The Jackson County School System conducts a Scoliosis Screening Program for all sixth- and eight-graders to identify students with signs of abnormal curvature of the spine.
It is known that two children out of every 100 may have scoliosis. If this condition is detected early and appropriately treated, progressive spine deformity can usually be prevented.
In the simple screening procedure, a nurse looks at the child’s back in the standing position and while bending forward. Boys and girls are screened separately and individually. Girls should wear a bra or sports bra under their clothes on the day of screening.
If your child has a suspected curvature, you will be notified and asked to take your child to your family physician or an orthopedic doctor for further evaluation.
A few weeks prior to the screening students will bring home a form their parents may sign if they do not want their children screened. This form must be returned to the nurse prior to screening day.
If you have any questions, please contact the nurse at your child’s school.