This is something that a lot of you would have heard heard about and there are many different forms of it.
The most common one we see in Malaysia is Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis.
Don't worry about those words, they're a bit confusing.
The most important thing is that we pick this condition up early.
Most countries have a Scoliosis screening programme.
Unfortunately, Malaysian schools don't have that.
So what we need to do is we need to learn how to do that at home.
Scoliosis means instead of being straight, the spine is bent or curved, or Senget, as we say, in Malaysia.
X-ray indicating that a patient clearly has Scoliosis (S shape)
And it's important that we catch this early, it's more common in girls.
It tends to occur six or seven times more commonly, and girls, and more commonly, even in ballet dancers, it's important that we screen kids from roughly around the age of nine or 10.
And it's very easy to do, what we get them to do is we get them to put their hands together and bend over and we look from the back to see if one shoulder is higher than the other.
That's the easiest way to do it, called the Adams test.
So get your hands together and bend over and look from the back to see if one shoulder is higher than the other.
We do it for free as a community service here at Spine and Joint.
You're more than welcome to bring your children from the age of nine, up to the age of 16 or 17.
If we feel that your child may need to have an X-ray then we will refer them out for an X-ray at an X-ray facility.
But we believe in picking up problems before they become something that requires surgical treatment.
In most cases, we can help with Scoliosis.
In some cases, it's inevitable that it might end up in surgery.
But the key thing is picking up early that your child has Scoliosis.
Free Scoliosis Screening at Spine and Joint
Contact us to make an appointment and get a free Scoliosis screening for your child, alternatively you may call 03 - 6204 9100 or directly to any of our outlets as listed on www.spineandjoint.asia.