Early detection and treatment of abnormal spinal curves during growth can make a tremendous difference in the health of the mature spine. Keep an eye on your growing child’s spine, especially between the ages of 9 and 14 with this simple test:
Adams Forward Bending Test:
Have your child stand with their feet together and round their spine as they try to touch their toes. If you notice a “hump” in the spine on one side, there may be an abnormal curvature developing. These “humps” are most commonly seen on the right upper back or the left lower back and may not be as noticeable when your child is standing.
When a child with a scoliosis bends forward, it becomes easier to see changes because of how the spine twist changes the shape of the rib cage as seen below. What we often notice first in children is this rib “hump” rather than the spine twist.
During this forward bending test, the child may also side bend their body one way or appear to have an overly flat, or overly round spine between the shoulder blades. If you have concerns about what you may be seeing in your child – please check in with your doctor or stop by with your child at Advance Physical Therapy. We will be happy to perform a free screen for your child.