Spinal Screening Program

Sign up for e-mail updates.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Spinal Screening Program was established by the Texas Legislature to detect abnormal spinal curvature in students. The program is required to adopt rules as mandated by the statute.

School-based spinal screening helps to identify adolescents with abnormal spinal curves and refer them for appropriate follow-up by their primary care physician. Screening can detect scoliosis at an early stage, when the curve is mild and may go unnoticed. Early detection is key to controlling spinal deformities.


2018 Spinal Screening Manual Addendum

We are currently working on updating our Spinal Screening Manual with the policy changes for the 2018-2019 school year. 
Until that time, please use the following addendum in conjunction with the Spinal Screening manual. 
View the Spinal Screening Addendum.

Vision, Hearing and Spinal Screening Program Webinar Recording 

Due to technical difficulties during the recent Vision, Hearing and Spinal Screening Programs webinar on May 23, 2018; the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has re-recorded this webinar. All of the same material is covered in the new recorded version. 

This Vision, Hearing and Spinal Screening Programs webinar covers program changes for School Year 2018-2019. 

Spinal Screening Policy Effective 2018-2019 School Year

House Bill 1076, 85th Legislature, Regular Session, 2017, allows the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to consider the most recent, nationally-accepted, peer-reviewed recommendations when considering appropriate age for conducting mandatory spinal screening. View the Spinal Screening Policy to be implemented during the 2018-2019 school year. 

Schools must follow the rules currently in effect for the 2017-2018 school year, which require schools to conduct spinal screenings for children in grades 6 and 9, following screening procedures recommended by the national standards set by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). 

Contact Us

Texas Department of State Health Services 
Spinal Screening Program - Mail Code 1818
PO Box 149347 | Austin, Texas 78714-9347
1100 West 49th Street | Austin, Texas 78756-3199
Phone: 512-776-7420 | Toll Free 1-800-252-8023, extension 7420 
Fax: 512-776-7256 
Email: vhssprogram@dshs.texas.gov

Last updated June 21, 2018