Scoliosis Screenings This Month at SCMS

Stephens County Health Department staff will conduct scoliosis screenings at Stephens County Middle School later this month for 7th and 8th graders.

The Health Department said the screenings will take place on Tuesday, November 19.

Scoliosis screening is designed to find abnormal spinal curvatures among children in grades 7 and 8.

Health Department officials said it is a simple and painless examination that is conducted in just a few seconds by trained professionals.

Public health and school officials said they strongly urge parents to allow their children to have this simple examination.

The Health Department said students in grades seven and eight will bring home letters from the school regarding this program.

It said parents who want their child to be screened do not have to do anything, but parents who do not want their children screened should return the letter to the school.

The purpose of this test is to detect spinal irregularities, because they are easier to correct if found early.

Officials said too often back curvatures are not discovered until so late that permanent damage has been done and drastic treatment is required.

Signs of scoliosis are found in about five to ten percent of children screened.