Scoliosis screenings for girls in grades 5 and 7, and boys in grade 9


For parents/guardians from Mrs. Stacie Morse, RN:
 
In accordance with state law, the school nurse will be conducting a screening examination for scoliosis (lateral curvature of the spine) on girls in grade 5 and 7, and boys in grade 9.
 
The screenings will be during the months of May and June.
 
Scoliosis is side-to-side curvature of the spine. Scoliosis affects thousands of American youngsters, mostly teen-age girls. Scoliosis is a correctable condition, but only if it is detected early and treated early.
 
Unfortunately, scoliosis is difficult to see in children. There is no pain, and no limitation of motion that alerts parents and children to the condition. There are some early signs, but they are not easy to see. There may be an uneven hemline or one leg seems longer than the other. Mild cases of scoliosis affect an equal number of boys and girls, but 90% of severe cases which require treatment are among girls. The cause of scoliosis is unknown. If the condition is detected early and appropriate treatment is carried out, progressive spine deformity can be prevented.
 
The procedure for screening is simple. The student's spine is inspected as he/she stands and bends. During the screening process, girls and boys will be checked separately. In order to check the spine, the upper portion of the body will be disrobed. Some girls may prefer to wear a bathing suit top under their clothing for this screening. Please have them bring one to school to keep in their locker. 
 
If Mrs. Morse has proof of a scoliosis examination on a current physical, they will not be required to undergo any examination.
 
If you have have any questions concerning this screening, please contact the school nurse:
 
Stacie Morse, RN
Otselic Valley Central School
PK-12 School Nurse
phone: 315-653-7218

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