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 Based on the last UK NSC review of this condition that occurred in March 2021.

Screening is not currently recommended for this condition.

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

Evidence map
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.

Review cycle

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

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