In a recent article published in the Paramus Daily Voice, Roger F. Widmann, MD, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, discusses early child scoliosis detection as part of a five segment series.
Dr. Widmann mentions, “Scoliosis is usually detected by a pediatrician or school nurse during school screening or parent (often times some asymmetry of the rib cage may be noted while a child is in a bathing suit or when trying on clothes). A child with scoliosis may have a protruding scapula or uneven hips, where one leg appears longer.”
Dr. Widmann continues, “At HSS, in children younger than ten years of age, an MRI of the entire spine is recommended. MRI images can help the orthopedist detect the presence of other problems such as syrinx, a cyst in the spinal cord, or tethered cord, in which the spinal cord is abnormally attached to the bony spine.”