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i'm posting this because it came up in a kaplan qbank online question. and i chose spine xray to be the answer when what they were looking for was Adam's test.

Adams Forward Bend Test. The screening test used most often in schools and in the offices of pediatricians and primary care physicians is called the Adams forward bend test.
The child bends forward dangling the arms, with the feet together and knees straight. The curve of structural scoliosis is more apparent when bending over. In a child with scoliosis, the examiner may observe an imbalanced rib cage, with one side being higher than the other, or other deformities.
The forward bend test is a test used most often in schools and doctor's offices to screen for scoliosis. During the test, the child bends forward with the feet together and knees straight while dangling the arms. Any imbalances in the rib cage or other deformities along the back could be a sign of scoliosis.

Scoliosis Adam's Forward Bend Test
The forward bend test, however, is not sensitive to abnormalities in the lower back, a very common site for scoliosis. Because the test misses about 15% of scoliosis cases, many experts do not recommend it as the sole method for screening for scoliosis.
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