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Arkansas Act 95 of 1989 and Act 41 of 1987 requires that Arkansas Children be screened for scoliosis in selected grades. Rules and regulations implementing the act were adopted by the Arkansas Department of Health and filed in 1998 and revised in November of 2007.
III. Continued Definitions
1st Stage-Scoliosis Screening Procedure
3rd Stage-Recommendation for Referral
4th Stage-Referral System
1. explain the findings
2. define and discuss scoliosis
3. discuss the need for referral to a licensed physician
VI. Training Program
VII. Confidentiality of Information
VIII. Notification of Screening
X. Quality Assurance
The Arkansas Department of Education shall collect statistics on Scoliosis Screening activities in the state. The following information shall be reported annually:
1. the target population eligible for screening
2. the number of children screened
3. the number of children referred
4. the number of children seen by a physician
5. the number of children diagnosed with scoliosis by a physician
Abusecan be physical or sexual. It includes non-accidental physical injury, shaking a baby, tying a child up, and giving or exposing a child to alcohol or other drugs. Reasonable and moderate discipline (such as spanking) is generally not considered abuse as long as it does not cause injury more serious than transient pain or minor temporary marks and is administered by a parent or guardian. Arkansas code 12-12-503
School Nurses are Mandated Reporters
Child Abuse Hotline1.800.482.5964
Class C misdemeanor; willful failure to report: civilly liable for all damages proximately caused by that failure.
This changed in November 2007
Act 41 of 1987 states that "no child shall be screened if its parent or guardian objects to the screening in writing stating as the basis of the objection that it is contrary to the parent's or guardian's religious beliefs."
Four main areas:
A structurally normal spine that appears to have a lateral curve (scoliosis).
An abnormal increase in normal kyphotic (posterior) curvature of the thoracic spine which can result in a noticeable round back deformity.
An abnormal increase in normal lordotic (anterior) curvature of the lumbar spine.
This can lead to a noticeable "sway-back“ appearance.
Periodic medical examinations and x-rays
Skeletal maturity can be assessed by the Risser sign
Application of metal staples to the front of the spine.
Staples are inserted
between two vertebral bodies, which squeezes the growth plates and slows the growth of
that side of the spine.
Children’s Services (formerly known as
Children’s Medical Services)
Department of Human Services
Donaghey Plaza South
P.O. Box 1437 Slot 526
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437
(Nancy Holder, Program Manager)
Toll Free (800) 482-5850-ext.-22277
or (501) 682-2277
Shriners Hospitals for Children
(Shreveport or St. Louis)
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Scoliosis Screening for Early Detection
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare &
The Minnesota Spine Center