Voluntary school screening for scoliosis in Minnesota

J. E. Lonstein, S. Bjorklund, M. H. Wanninger, R. P. Nelson

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School screening for scoliosis is a well accepted technique for the early detection of spinal deformities. We reviewed the experience in Minnesota over the past eight years, with an average of one-quarter of a million children being screened yearly. Of the children screened, 3.4 per cent were referred for evaluation and scoliosis was found in 1.2 per cent. The number of children requiring operations for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis has diminished since 1970. The average curve for which a surgical procedure was done has also diminished from 60 to 42 degrees. The cost of the program is low, averaging 6.6 cents per student screened. This compares with a so-called time cost averaging thirty-five cents. Voluntary scoliosis screening in Minnesota is an efficient and cost-effective program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)481-488
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series A
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982


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