Screening for Idiopathic Scoliosis in Adolescents

Richards, B. Stephens; Vitale, Michael G.
January 2008
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, American Volume;Jan2008, Vol. 90-A Issue 1, p195
Academic Journal
This article presents an information statement from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Scoliosis Research Society, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, and the American Academy of Pediatrics with regard to scoliosis screening in schools to identify adolescents at risk for scoliosis. Opponents to such screening cite its low predictive value and the cost-effectiveness of referral. Some are also concerned with possible unnecessary treatment, including the use of braces and the effect of radiation exposure from radiographs.


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