View Full Version : new here with a few questions

03-23-2009, 03:57 PM
we recently took my son for his five year checkup and the doctor thinks his right side looked raised when she checkd him for scoliosis. I can't see it and she wants us to go to a pediatric orthopedist. I was wondering what i should be looking for in his back. I took pics and can post them if i can figure out how. I am new to all this and wondering if he could have been leaning funny when she checked him. thanks

Karen Ocker
03-23-2009, 04:29 PM
It's hard to tell with pictures because of the lighting. Usually, when a child bends, one rib can be higher than another. With lumbar curves one hip can be higher than another.
It would have helped if the doctor showed you what she meant.
There's nothing wrong with consulting a pediatric ortho just to prove her wrong and give you peace of mind.

03-23-2009, 11:12 PM

I agree with Karen. It's difficult to tell from your pictures because of the lighting.

Here's a description of the Adams Forward Bending test:


The drawing shows someone with a fairly significant thoracic scoliosis curve. If your son has asymmetry, it would be beneficial to have him checked by an orthopaedist.

Good luck. I hope it's nothing.


03-25-2009, 11:34 AM
The only way to tell for sure is to get an xray at the orthopedists. If there's nothing, it will put your mind at rest, definitively. If there is a curve - which may or may not be large enough to be considered scoliosis, you'll have a baseline for future years. It is WELL worth the visit to the pediatric orthopedist (ideally one who is a member of the scoliosis research society, if possible). Good luck!