Diagnosis Orthopedics


To make a diagnosis, a spine specialist will record your medical history, including information about your symptoms, previous treatments and family history of scoliosis.

A physical examination will include tests to measure your range of motion, balance, reflexes, muscle strength, sensation and neurologic function.

Standing X-rays, from the front and side, will be taken to document the curvature of your spine and to determine how fast the curve is progressing.

MRIs and CT scans may be performed to determine the health of the discs above and below your curve and to determine if there is any nerve compression.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.