Choosing Wisely:

Don’t screen adolescents for scoliosis.

Rationale and Comments: 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.
Sponsoring Organizations:
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Sources:
  • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
  • Disciplines:
  • Pediatric
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Orthopedic
  • References: • American Academy of Family Physicians. Scoliosis [Internet]. Leawood (KS): American Academy of Family Physicians; 2004 [cited 2013 Jul 23]. Available from:
    • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for idiopathic scoliosis in adolescents. Rockville (MD): U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. 2004 Jun. 3 p.

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