The Adams Forward Bending Test is the standard physical exam used most often in offices of pediatricians and primary care practitioners to screen for scoliosis. Parents can easily administer the Adams Forward Bending Test. During the test, children are asked to bend forward at the waist, keeping their knees and elbows straight. The examiner will look for an imbalance in the rib cage (where one side is higher than the other), any asymmetries of the trunk, any abnormal spinal curvatures, or any other irregularity along the back.


The following signs may indicate scoliosis:


• Head is not centred.

• Shoulders are at different heights.

• One shoulder blade is more prominent.

• Sides of rib cage are at different heights.

• Waist is uneven.

• One hip appears raised or shifted.

• Body leans to one side.

It should be noted that this is a simple screening test that can detect potential problems; it can not determine the severity of the deformity of the scoliosis curvature. If you notice any of the signs listed or suspect that your child may have scoliosis, you should schedule an exam with your family physician or call us for free screening test.

Scoliosis Physiotherapy Institute

Scoliosis Physiotherapy & Posture Centre

231 McLeod St.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2P 0Z8

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