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mari
4th March 2009, 03:45 AM
Hi everyone,
I would like to get try and get a law passed for manditory kyphosis screening in schools like they do scoliosis. If anyone has advise on who to contact or how to get the ball rolling on this matter it would be much appreciated.
Thank you for your support,
Mari

mark
4th March 2009, 08:39 AM
Hi Mari

You could start by lobbying your state representatives, senators and local politicians

Start getting some support from local orthopedic specialists and start petitions within the schools

Enlist the help of school governors, head teachers and teachers

tonibunny
4th March 2009, 12:44 PM
Hi Mari,

I would have thought that they'd check for Kyphosis as well as Scoliosis during the spine checks, and that any spinal abnormalities of any sort would be noted? Is this not the case?

Toni xx

mari
4th March 2009, 04:29 PM
They are supposed to check for abnormalities, but they don't specifically check for kyphosis. They only check using the forward bend test and look strainght down on the spine, which makes it difficult to tell the difference between a rounded spine from bending over and kyphosis. I was tested in school for scoliosis, but my kyphosis went undetected. It was not until I went to a specialist that it was descovered, which was a little to late because I had passed my growth spurt and I am now facing the decision of surgery.

tonibunny
4th March 2009, 04:41 PM
Do you mind me asking how you can screen for kyphosis - what checks should be made?

mari
4th March 2009, 10:36 PM
No problem at all. My doctor had me go in to superman pose. It is when you lay flat on your stomach with your hands stretched in front of you and then lift your arms and legs off the ground. If the hunch in the back straightens out, then it is postural and you just have to make a conscience effort to stand up straight. However, if the hump is still visible even in this position kyphosis is likely present and an x-ray is needed to varify this. It is not a hard test at all and I think it would be helpful to have this screening done when the scoliosis screening is taking place.

tonibunny
4th March 2009, 10:48 PM
Gosh, I didn't know that! Thanks for explaining :) In that case it might well be worth trying to get this check done at the same time as scoliosis checks. Good luck!

Unregistered
5th March 2009, 02:20 PM
Hi everyone,
I would like to get try and get a law passed for manditory kyphosis screening in schools like they do scoliosis. If anyone has advise on who to contact or how to get the ball rolling on this matter it would be much appreciated.
Thank you for your support,
Mari
While screening for scoliosis in school they are screening for any back abnormilities,including kyphosis. There does seem to be a need for better screning programs out there but yes any abnormal problems are to be reported. Kyphosis can be detected by leaning over as in leaning over for scoliosis if the kyphosis is actually there at the time. Sometimes when a person thinks they have true kyphosis and they lean foward and there back straightens out then it is thought to be from posture. I never had the test as you described and my kyphosis was obvious while standing,bending over and at all times. While in school they did the normal test such as bending over and one side of my back was always higher then the other and they did report this. I was never brought to a doctor for this however. This would be my parents fault not the school screning staff. It was almost or about thrity years ago and the testing is much better now. This is why so many people now are testing positive for kyphosis and years ago people just didn't have that much information on it. So yes there is screening for kyphosis in school while screening for scoliosis. The screening involves looking for any and all abnormalities. Many years ago it was like people only thought that kyphosis only affected the older people,now people realize that it does affect the younger people. Years ago there was not treatment for kyphosis now there is. A lot of the times kyphosis is not that bad at an early age as the person grows older it continues to progress. By the time I went to a doctor for my scheurmann's kyphosis I was about 35 and my curve was over 110. Kyphosis is better understood now then it was ten years ago, that is for sure. On the other had I wish my had been taken seriously as a younger age and it would not have gotten so bad. Now it is more understood and I am thankfull for our future generation as they will have the help that was not there thirty years ago.
Sally