AAOS endorses scoliosis screening statement

By Mary Ann Porucznik

The AAOS has joined the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in endorsing an information statement about screening for idiopathic scoliosis in adolescents. The statement, which was authored by B. Stephens Richards III, MD, and Michael G. Vitale, MD, is called an educational tool and not the product of a systematic review.

Although the statement does not go so far as to recommend school screening programs, it does encourage the continuation of such programs where they currently exist. It also states that the endorsing organizations would not support any recommendations against screening.

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