Call your doctor to
have your child evaluated for
You observe a curve in your child's
You notice that something about your child's posture looks
unusual, such as ribs that stick out, one shoulder that is higher than the
other, one hip that is higher than the other, or an uneven
You observe that your child's clothes don't fit properly
or that his or her hems don't hang evenly.
A school screening
program recommends that your child see a doctor.
If you suspect that your child has a spinal
curve, ask a health professional to look at it, either through a school
screening program or during a doctor visit. Early detection could lead to early
treatment and could prevent a curve from getting worse.
Neck strain is often just called whiplash. Although it's usually associated with car accidents, any impact or blow that causes your head to jerk forward or backward can cause neck strain. The sudden force stretches and tears the muscles and tendons in your neck.
Neck strain afflicts many amateur and professional athletes. People who play contact sports like football are especially prone to neck strain.
Neck strains are often confused with neck sprains. They're a bit different. Neck strains are...
results of a school screening program suggest that your child may have a spinal
curve, follow up with your doctor. Most curves that are found through school
screening programs are normal variations in the spine or mild scoliosis, and
these curves usually require only regular observation.
Who to see
The following health professionals could identify and
A doctor who specializes in surgery of the bones (orthopedic surgeon) may be consulted if the person has
a large curve. The orthopedic surgeon will evaluate the curve and may recommend
bracing or surgery.
A health professional who fits people with
specially designed assistive devices (orthotist) can build and fit a custom