The UK NSC recommendation on Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis screening
Find general information about population health screening.
Why is screening not recommended by UK NSC?
Screening for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis is not recommended because:
• there is no agreed cut off of the forward bend where doctors would agree that treatment is necessary - this means that some children would go on to have further tests when they would get better on their own and some would miss tests and treatments they would benefit from
• the further test is an X-ray examination - this would expose people to radiation which can be harmful
• it is also unclear whether treating people found through screening is better than waiting for symptoms to develop
More about Scoliosis
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine to one side. In those who have the condition, the spine bends either to the left or to the right. The bend can occur at any point along the spine from the top to the bottom. The curvature also varies from slight to severe. However, the chest area (thoracic scoliosis) and the lower part of the back (lumbar scoliosis) are the most common regions to be affected.
• British Orthopaedic Association
The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.
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