New App from Shriners Hospitals for Children Helps Parents Detect Possible Signs of Scoliosis in Kids

Many parents do not know if their kids have been checked for scoliosis – an abnormal curvature of the spine that can limit mobility and affects millions of Americans. Doctors at Shriners Hospitals for Children® say that early detection of scoliosis is important for early intervention and more treatment options. Kids should be screened every year. Scoliosis is most commonly diagnosed between 10 and 15 years of age, when children grow rapidly. Some cases however, can go undetected. During this point in a child’s life fewer vaccinations are required so they may see a doctor less often.

A video accompanying this announcement is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjQxDmpjDZw

Shriners Hospitals for Children doctors teamed up with developers and parents to create the new SpineScreen app to give parents a quick, informal way to regularly monitor their child’s spine. The app detects curves when the phone is moved along a child’s back and also provides resources about scoliosis.

To help announce the launch of the app, Shriners Hospitals for Children partnered with D S Simon Media on a nationwide media tour and Facebook Live event. Amer Samdani, M.D., chief of surgery for Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia conducted over 30 television and radio interviews across the country and then answered online questions during a Facebook Live event after the media tour.

“Because there is often no known cause, monitoring for scoliosis is an important part of a child’s ongoing health care,” says Dr. Samdani. He adds, “It is a progressive condition, so early detection is key. At Shriners Hospitals, our care ranges from routine monitoring to some of the most advanced treatments for scoliosis. The earlier we see a child, the more options we have available.”

For more information, visit shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/scoliosis.

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