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In-School Scoliosis Screening Not Effective

Monday, 03 November 2008 18:32
How effective are school-based screening programs for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis? To answer this question, researchers sifted through data on 2,242 subjects who had attended kindergarten or first grade in Rochester, Minnesota between 1979 and 1982. All subjects underwent annual scoliosis screenings in grades 5 through 9.

A total of 92 children were referred for further evaluation, although only 74% of these students received a chiropractic or medical follow-up examination. Altogether, 27 of the students referred for evaluation were diagnosed with scoliosis by age 19. However, only five of these subjects were treated for the disorder. The study's authors concluded that in-school scoliosis screening is not effective. Instead, they stress that parents and health care practitioners should monitor pediatric patients for signs of scoliosis. The report was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Yawn BP, Yawn RA, Hodge D, Kurland M, Shaughnessy WJ, Ilstrup D, Jacobsen SJ   A population-based study of school scoliosis screening   JAMA 1999 (Oct 20);   282 (15):   1427-1432