Scoliosis is not a diagnosis, but rather a description of a structural alteration that occurs in a variety of conditions. The objective in developing this guideline was to assist the pediatrician in the evaluation of scoliosis and to determine when a referral to a pediatric orthopedist is warranted.
This guideline includes the following:
1.) Definition of scoliosis by category-neuromuscular, congenital, and idiopathic;
2.) Presentation of concern;
3.) Evaluation to include history, physical exam, radiographic evaluation and risk for progression;
4.) Referral recommendations; and
5.) Treatment options, which may include, but not be limited to, observation, bracing and/or surgery.
If you are a physician and would like more information on the Clinical Practice and Referral Guideline for Scoliosis, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a parent and concerned that your child may have a spinal curvature, please consult with your child’s pediatrician or primary care physician.