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Tampa Shriners Hospital surgeon describes new SpineScreen app during television appearance

Cheryl Lawing, M.D., says handy screening tool can alert parents to possible signs of scoliosis

Did you know that scoliosis affects 6 to 9 million people in the United States and millions more worldwide? And that it can also run in families? However, if caught early, scoliosis can be successfully treated with less intervention.

To help parents keep tabs on their children's spinal health, the medical specialists at Shriners Hospitals for Children have developed a new app called SpineScreen that can be downloaded on your smart phone for free. Tampa pediatric orthopaedic and spine surgeon Cheryl Lawing, M.D., tells Bay News 9 how the handy screening tool can help detect possible signs of scoliosis.