How to recognize scoliosis?

recognize scoliosis with adams test clinically

The Adams test is an effective method to recognize a scoliosis clinically

1 minute that could change your child’s life.

What is idiopathic scoliosis?

Idiopathic scoliosis is a change in the spine characterised by three-dimensional curvature, and is four times more likely to affect girls than boys. Clinical examinations and x-rays can establish the existence and extent of scoliosis. X-rays also show the type of curvature.

To avoid exposure to x-rays, measuring devices such a scoliometers or imaging techniques such as the Formetric system are used in clinical examinations. Curvature can range from extremely slight to serious, and may be s-shaped or in the form of an elongated „C“.

Early treatment with modern, functional orthoses such as the RSC Brace can prevent scoliosis progressing or indeed even reduce the curvature. It will also improve the symmetry of the patient’s body.

What are the signs of scoliosis?

Parents who regularly observe their child’s posture and back will soon notice any change in his or her spine. Scoliotic deformation usually affects the entire spine, although in some cases there is only curvature of a specific section such as the lower region of the back (lumbar spine) or the upper back (thoracic spine).

The Adams Test is an extremely effective way for parents to find out whether their children are developing scoliosis. One of the most common signs of scoliosis is a protruding shoulder blade, usually the right shoulder. Other signs include uneven shoulders and the pelvis being to one side and higher on one side than the other. A lump on side and flat area or depression on the other in the lumbar region is another sign .

The early recognition test at home.

scoliosis examination with adams bending test standing

Normal posture, standing

Adams Test

Leaning forwardadams test to recognize scoliosis in forward bending


Important: Please note that these tests are designed to help you monitor and to raise your awareness of possible changes in your child. They are not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you notice your child developing signs of the above physical changes detailed, you should seek medical advice immediately. We can help you find experienced doctors in your region.