I will be doing scoliosis (spinal) screening at PJMS 2nd semester.  The purpose of spinal screening is to detect signs of spinal curvature in its earliest stages.


    Scoliosis, the most common spinal abnormality, is a side-to-side curve of the spine.  It is usually detected in childhood or early adolescence.  Most cases of spinal curvatures are mild and require only ongoing observation.  Mild curvatures are often noticeable only to those trained in detecting spinal abnormalities.  Others may become progressively more severe as a child continues to grow.  Early detection and treatment can prevent the development of a severe deformity which can later affect the health and appearance of the individual.  This program has been in effect, both in our district and in other school districts, throughout the United States and many students have benefitted from the early recognition of a correctable deviation plus preventing permanent disability.


    The procedure for screening includes observation of your child’s chest, back, legs and arms while standing and bending forward.  A t-shirt and shorts is the best attire for the screening so it is done in PE as much as possible but other times may be utilized as schedules allow.


    You will be notified ONLY if medical follow-up is necessary.


    If you have any questions, please contact me.

Last Modified on November 11, 2016