Natural history and school screening for scoliosis

J. E. Lonstein

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With the widespread use in the United States and abroad of school screening for the early detection of scoliosis, a large number of children are referred for evaluation. The majority of these children have idiopathic scoliosis and minor curvatures. The physician (family practitioner, pediatrician, or orthopedist) has to know how common idiopathic scoliosis is, and how many curves will progress to severe deformities or lead to problems in adulthood. This article covers the prevalence of idiopathic scoliosis, the incidence of progression, factors related to progression, and school screening for the detection of spinal deformities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-237
Number of pages11
JournalOrthopedic Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988


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