New app helps check for scoliosis - KCTV5

New app helps check for scoliosis

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Shriners Hospitals for Children is rolling out a free app this August called SpineScreen. (KCTV5) Shriners Hospitals for Children is rolling out a free app this August called SpineScreen. (KCTV5)
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Has your child been checked for scoliosis? There's soon going to be an app to help you out with that.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is rolling out a free app this August called SpineScreen.

It’s meant to give parents a quick, informal way to monitor their child’s spine at home.

The app is designed to detect curves when the phone is moved along a child’s back.

According to Doctor Natasha Burgert, with Pediatric Associates in the Plaza, detecting scoliosis early is the key to the best treatments.

Though, she said this app should only be used as a preliminary check.

“This might be a nice screening tool that parents can use at home if they’re worried. Certainly if you have a family history. Scoliosis can be genetic. So it can be a great tool to have. But I think the caution for a lot of these apps is it’s not going to necessarily tell you the answer. It’ll tell you whether or not you need to go see the doctor for more answers,” Burgert said.

Scoliosis is most commonly diagnosed in a child during the years between 10 and 15 years of age, when children grow rapidly.

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