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Check Your Child’s Spine Health at Home for Free

This sponsored conversation is written by me ( or insert blog name) with SoFluential Media on behalf of Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

As a mom one of the things that is always in the back of my mind is that constant worry that something could be wrong with my daughter. That may be specific to my personality, I tend to worry about everything but my daughter’s health is hands down the most important.

Although I feel like I am doing everything I can to prevent issues, it is always reassuring to get health screenings regularly and now that I know about SpineScreen, I am able to check my daughters spine health at home for free. Spinescreen is an app developed by the orthopaedic specialists at Shriners Hospitals for Children, SpineScreen is a free app for parents to perform a preliminary spine check on their child in the comfort and privacy of their own home which is perfect for the busy back to school season.

SpineScreen detects abnormal curves when the phone is moved along a child’s back, giving parents a quick, informal way to regularly monitor their child’s spine. With SpineScreen, parents can also schedule annual reminders, learn the signs of scoliosis and explore treatment options.

When I was a kid the scoliosis checks were done at school and when it was your turn, they pulled you out of class and sent you to the nurses office. The nurses would run some funny feeling thing down our backs, I have no idea what it was because I never bothered to find out more information other than leave the classroom and go the the nurses office. They could have been drawing with a permanent marker and I wouldn’t have objected, I was just happy to get out of class.

I didn’t know much about scoliosis as a kid but I did know someone who suffered from it and so the idea that it was a serious condition wasn’t lost on me but I did lack the education on what it actually did to the body.

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that can limit mobility and sometimes lead to more serious health problems. An estimated 6–9 million people in the U.S., and millions more worldwide, have scoliosis. The condition is most commonly diagnosed between 10 and 15 years of age, when children grow rapidly. Some cases can go undetected because during this point in a child’s life fewer vaccinations are required so they may see a doctor less often. It is a progressive condition so early detection is key and this app can help you learn the signs of scoliosis and treatment options available. It allows you to perform a preliminary spine check on your child at home as well as schedule calendar reminders for annual screenings.

SpineScreen uses the phone’s internal level to measure a child’s back for possible signs of scoliosis. Once you download SpineScreen on the App Store or Google Play, simply move your smartphone along your child’s back and it will detect any abnormal curves of the spine. You will be asked to perform the scan twice to ensure an accurate reading. An instructional video is also available in SpineScreen. If the app measures a curve greater than seven percent on both scans, you will receive a reading that states your child’s spine rotation appears outside the acceptable range for a healthy spine. It will then prompt you to consult a professional health care provider for further examination to determine if this result is accurate and if further treatment is needed.

Should your child have scoliosis or other spinal conditions, Shriners Hospitals for Children is on the forefront of new diagnosis and treatment option and have 20 locations in the U.S., Mexico and Canada that specialize in the treatment of orthopaedic conditions. If you know a child Shriners Hospitals for Children may be able to help, have their parent or guardian call 800-237-5055

Aduke Schulist

Friday 1st of September 2017

I have two kids diagnosed with scoliosis. I'm not sure if it is something I'd feel comfortable trying to diagnose at home.

Melissa

Tuesday 5th of September 2017

I understand the hesitation but it is meant more as a first step rather than the actual diagnosis.

Chubskulit Rose

Friday 1st of September 2017

A friend of mine have this condition and she said it is painful most of the time. I will have to mention this app to her.

Lynndee

Friday 1st of September 2017

My mom was diagnosed with scoliosis years back, but I sure never thought of us getting checked for scoliosis. Great that there's an app to check it. Cool!

Victoria Heckstall

Thursday 31st of August 2017

Spine Screen looks great app. Because even at home you can check our loved ones without going to the hospital.

Lori Bosworth

Thursday 31st of August 2017

SpineScreen sounds like a great app for parents. I like that it's free also and can be used at home!