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USPSTF Issues Final Recommendation on Screening for Idiopathic Scoliosis

January 10, 2018

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released a final recommendation statement and evidence summary on screening for idiopathic scoliosis in children and adolescents 10 to 18 years of age. The Task Force concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in this population. This is a grade I recommendation.

The new USPSTF guidance updates the one released in 2004, which recommended against the routine screening of asymptomatic adolescents for idiopathic scoliosis.

Approximately 1% to 3% of children and adolescents in the United States have this idiopathic scoliosis. Screening usually involves looking at a patient’s back for any unevenness of the shoulders, spine, and hips.


U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Screening. January 2018. Available at: click here. Accessed January 9, 2018.