Scoliosis Screening

Scoliosis is a lateral or sideways curve in the spine that is apparent when viewing the spine from behind. A mild degree of scoliosis is common, occurring in up to 50 per cent of the population. Scoliosis generally does not require any specific treatment. However, severe scoliosis does indeed need treatment.

For more information about scoliosis, visit: http://www.eurospine.org/idiopathic-scoliosis.htm

Goal of the WSC Scoliosis Program

  • Educate and train teachers and nurses
  • Identify children at risk
  • Manage early so that spinal problems are dealt with prior to adulthood (refer to WSC clinic)
  • Improve quality of life of children with scoliosis
  • Determine the incidence of scoliosis in host countries

World Spine Care has now screened over 1000 primary school students in the village of Shoshong and the town of Mahalapye in Botswana. Screenings are ongoing and performed throughout the year. Local physiotherapists and nurses have been trained in scoliosis screening and will help expand this program across the country.

The scoliosis screening will be implemented in Moca, Dominican Republic with the goal of expanding it across the country as well.