Screening in Hong Kong
Forward Bending Test
Since the early 1995, the scoliosis school screening programme has been initiated in Hong Kong. The purpose of screening is to detect scoliosis at an early stage when it is mild and it can allow early intervention with bracing. Thus, the best time to conduct screening is in the early adolescence since this is when children reach their growth spurt. The commonly used screening tests for AIS are the forward bending test (FBT), the scoliometer measurement of angle of trunk rotation (ATR) and Moiré topography. These are all measures of surface deformity and are safe and easily performed.