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Subject: SPINAL SCREENING scheduled for February 5th and 6th
A spinal screening will be offered to 6th grade girls, 7th and 8th grade boys and girls and boys who are new to Columbia Public Schools or who previously had an abnormal spinal screening.
Although this screening is not mandatory, it is an important part of our health program and we strongly urge l00% participation. If the student is not to participate, advance written notification by a parent/ guardian must be provided to the school nurse.
What is a spinal screening?
It is a quick and simple examination of the back to detect abnormalities such as scoliosis, a lateral curvature of the spine, and kyphosis, an abnormal backward protrusion of the spine.
What is the screening process?
All students need to be bare-backed to properly view the back. Girls may wear halter tops, sports bras or regular bras. The student stands on a designated mark in front of the screener. The nurse will ask the student to assume certain movements to visualize the shoulders, back and waist from different angles.
What happens if an abnormality is suspected?
Students will be re-examined after the first screening and parents/guardians will be notified if an abnormality is suspected. It is recommended to contact your health care provider for further medical evaluation.
What causes a spinal abnormality and how is it treated?
The cause of most spinal abnormalities is unknown. There seems to be a hereditary factor in some instances. Your provider will evaluate and determine the best plan of treatment. Most cases are evaluated over a period of time, while some may require braces or surgery.
Why have a spinal screening program?
Spinal abnormalities are not preventable. Early detection and appropriate treatment are the most effective means to prevent long term adverse effects.
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