Scoliosis in Adolescents

Recommendation

Do not screen adolescents for scoliosis.

  • There is no good evidence that screening asymptomatic adolescents detects idiopathic scoliosis at an earlier stage than detection without screening.
  • The potential harms of screening and treating adolescents include unnecessary follow-up visits and evaluations due to false positive test results and psychological adverse effects.

Sources
AAFP Recommendation: http://www.aafp.org/online/en/home/clinical/exam/scoliosis.html
USPSTF: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsaisc.htm(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)