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You will have already observed the child from the side and from behind as part of your general assessment. It is important to assess forward flexion and look for a smooth curve of the spine from the side and from the back.
PGALS is a quick screening examination of the musculoskeletal system and applicable to the school-aged child. It is an important part of your assessment of the child and the findings need to be considered in the context of your history and an overall assessment. A normal screening examination suggests there is no significant abnormality of the child’s musculoskeletal system. If the screening examination is abnormal this will help you to focus your more detailed regional examination which is not covered here in this video.