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A lateral curvature of the spine that usually occurs more often in girls than in boys.

There are two types:

– Nonstructural Scoliosis

– Structural Scoliosis

Nonstructural Scoliosis – The curve in the spinal column disappears when the child tries to bends at the waist and touches the toes.  On the other hand when you assess a child with structural scoliosis, you will see a failure of the spinal curve to straighten when the child tries to bend forward with the knees straight.  For these patients, bracing can help slow the progression of the condition.

What To Remember for the NCLEX:

Note: If a child is wearing a brace.  Inform and educate the parents that the brace must be worn 16 to 23 hours each day.  Examine the skin daily to evaluate for any skin breakdowns.


X- Ray


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