How is structural scoliosis diagnosed?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Structural scoliosis is typically diagnosed first through a physical exam. The doctor will ask the child to bend over into a position that makes a spinal curve more visible. X-rays will confirm the diagnosis and show the curve of the spine more definitively. If the doctor thinks that something, like a tumor or another condition, is causing the curve, more tests may be ordered. Children with structural scoliosis may need to be monitored closely by their doctors throughout childhood, to make sure that the curve does not get worse with time.

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