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Medical History and Physical Exam for Scoliosis

A medical history for scoliosis includes gathering information about:

  • Age.
  • Age at first menstrual period.
  • Family history of scoliosis.
  • General health disorders.
  • The presence of heart or urinary tract problems at birth.
  • Past severe illnesses, operations, or injuries.

A physical exam to diagnose scoliosis includes:

  • Visually examining the back in several positions (such as standing straight and bending over).
  • Checking for birthmarks or other skin problems.
  • Examining the function of the brain and spinal cord and muscle strength.
  • Measuring height and weight.
  • Measuring leg lengths.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical ReviewerRobert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
Last RevisedJuly 21, 2011

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: July 21, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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