child screening programme
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.
Read more about scoliosis on the NHS website.
UK NSC screening recommendation
The UK NSC does not recommend screening for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in adolescents. This is because is not enough evidence to show if detecting the condition earlier through screening results in better health outcomes than waiting until symptoms develop.
Supporting documents from the 2021 review
This document investigates whether a more detailed review can be conducted based on the available evidence.
This document summarises the review process including the public consultation comments.
Date previous review completed: 2021
Next review estimated to be completed: 2024 to 2025.
To see previous evidence reviews, visit the UK NSC archive.
Organisations interested in Scoliosis
These organisations have expressed interest in this recommendation and may submit responses to evidence reviews.
List of organisations
- British Orthopaedic Association
- British Scoliosis Research Foundation
- British Scoliosis Society
- Faculty of Public Health
- Institute of Child Health
- Royal College of General Practitioners
- Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
- Royal College of Physicians
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
- Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
- Royal College of Surgeons
- Scoliosis Association UK
- Scoliosis Awareness Ireland
- Scoliosis Ireland
- Support with Scoliosis Cymru