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doctor may test a young person for
scoliosis during a routine physical exam. In schools,
screening may be provided annually for students between the ages of 10 and 14
(grades 5 through 9). The exam takes about 30 seconds and may be done by a
school nurse or physical education teacher.
Some states require screening for scoliosis by law.
But health experts don't agree with whether or not to screen for scoliosis.1, 2 Screening can lead to early treatment and may prevent curves from getting worse, but screening can also lead to more testing or treatment for children who would not have needed it.
Some experts believe that children (especially daughters) of women who have scoliosis should be screened for scoliosis regularly throughout their late
childhood and teen years.3
If you are concerned about screening for scoliosis, talk to your child's doctor.
information, see the topic Scoliosis.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2004). Screening for Idiopathic Scoliosis in Adolescents: Recommendation Statement. Available online: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsaisc.htm.
Richards BS, Vitale M (2007). SRS/AAOS Position statement: Screening for idiopathic scoliosis in adolescents. An information statement. Available online: http://www.aaos.org/about/papers/position/1122.asp.
Hu SS, et al. (2006). Lumbar disc herniation section
of Disorders, diseases, and injuries of the spine. In HB Skinner, ed.,
Current Diagnosis and Treatment in Orthopedics, 4th ed.,
pp. 246–249. New York: McGraw-Hill.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerRobert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
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