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SOSORT consensus paper: school screening for scoliosis. Where are we today?

Theodoros B Grivas1*, Marian H Wade2, Stefano Negrini3, Joseph P O'Brien4, Toru Maruyama5, Martha C Hawes6, Manuel Rigo7, Hans Rudolf Weiss8, Tomasz Kotwicki9, Elias S Vasiliadis1, Lior Neuhaus Sulam10 and Tamar Neuhous11

Author Affiliations

1 Orthopaedic Department, "Thriasio" General Hospital, G. Gennimata Av. 19600, Magoula, Attica, Greece

2 PT Practice, New York, USA

3 ISICO (Italian Scientific Spine Institute), Milan, Italy

4 President & CEO, National Scoliosis Foundation (NSF), Boston, USA

5 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Saitama MedicalCenter, Saitama Medical University, 1981 Kamodatsujido, Kawagoe, Saitama 350-8550, Japan

6 University of Arizona, Tucson AZ 85721, USA

7 Instituto Èlena Salvá, Barcelona, Spain

8 Asklepios Katharina Schroth Spinal Deformities Rehabilitation Centre, Bad Sobernheim, Germany

9 University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland

10 Bpt physiotherapist specialist in treatment of spinal deformities, Moshe Dayan st. 18 Modiin, 71700, Israel

11 pt physiotherapist specialist in treatment of spinal deformities, Moshe Dayan st. 18 Modiin, 71700, Israel

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Scoliosis 2007, 2:17  doi:10.1186/1748-7161-2-17

Published: 26 November 2007

Abstract

This report is the SOSORT Consensus Paper on School Screening for Scoliosis discussed at the 4th International Conference on Conservative Management of Spinal Deformities, presented by SOSORT, on May 2007. The objectives were numerous, 1) the inclusion of the existing information on the issue, 2) the analysis and discussion of the responses by the meeting attendees to the twenty six questions of the questionnaire, 3) the impact of screening on frequency of surgical treatment and of its discontinuation, 4) the reasons why these programs must be continued, 5) the evolving aim of School Screening for Scoliosis and 6) recommendations for improvement of the procedure.