Choosing Wisely®

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)

This recommendation is provided solely for informational purposes and is not intended as a substitute for consultation with a medical professional. Patients with any specific questions about this recommendation or their individual situation should consult their physician.

About Choosing Wisely®

The Choosing Wisely®(www.choosingwisely.org)  campaign was created as an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation(www.abimfoundation.org) to improve health care quality. More than 50 specialty societies have identified commonly used tests or procedures within their specialties that are possibly overused.

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