The Stephens County Health Department will conduct scoliosis screenings next week at Stephens County Middle School.
The screenings will be conducted on 7th and 8th graders at the middle school on Tuesday.
Scoliosis is curvature of the spine.
District Two Public Health Spokesman Dave Palmer said that screening for scoliosis now is designed to find the condition early in order to better treat it.
“The screening is designed to find it early in children in grades 7 and 8 and it is a simple and painless examination,” said Palmer. “It is just a visual inspection of the curvature of the spine. When you find it early, it is much easier to correct.”
Palmer went on to say that students in grades 7 and 8 at Stephens County Middle School are receiving letters about the testing to give to parents.
“When they get the letter from the school, they do not have to do anything if they want their children to be screened,” said Palmer. “If they do not want their children to be screened, they should return the letter to the school.”
Public health and school officials said they strongly urge parents to allow their children to have this test, which is conducted in just a few seconds.