Are you worried that your child may have a curved spine? Perhaps you suffer from scoliosis yourself, and you'd like to know whether or not the condition has been passed to your son or daughter?
Fortunately, there is an informal test for scoliosis that may help to put your mind at ease. The Adams forward bending test - described below - is a quick and easy way to check your little one for signs of scoliosis. It can be performed at home and does not require any special medical equipment.
Please note that this test should not be used in lieu of a diagnosis from a qualified medical professional. If you believe that you or your child are suffering from scoliosis, be sure to see your GP.
The Adams Forward Bending Test
Here's a step-by-step guide to checking your child for scoliosis:
- Have your child take off their top and stand with their back to you.
- While your child is standing up straight, look for visible signs of scoliosis - do their shoulders, ribs, neck, waist and hips look symmetrical? Or do they appear to be skewed towards one side?
- Now ask your child to bend forward at the waist.
- Once your child is in the forward bending position, look at their back. Does one side of their rib cage look higher than the other?
While no body is perfectly symmetrical, any obvious unevenness that you notice may potentially be a sign of scoliosis. Again, we strongly recommend visiting a doctor if you are concerned that a spinal curvature may be present.
Here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, we provide effective non-surgical treatment for scoliosis sufferers of all ages. Click here to see before and after photos of our youngest patients, or get in touch today to arrange a consultation with us.