Health Service Region 8 - Spinal Screening Program

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Javier Velez
7430 Louis Pasteur Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229
FAX:  210-949-2084 


In 1985 the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 832, which requires screening for abnormal spinal curves for students in grades 6 and 9 attending public and private schools.  The school is then required to notify the parents if a child shows any signs of a possible curvature.  Screening should be done during the growth spurt years, ages 10 – 14 (Grades 5 – 9), to detect spinal deformities early.

The screening requirement for children entering grades 6 and 9 may be met if the child has been screened for spinal deformities by a physician and a record has been provided.  Schools may implement a program that includes screening in the 5th and 8th grades, instead of grades 6 and 9.


Department of State Health Services Spinal Screening Program

Last updated October 5, 2012