Don’t screen adolescents for scoliosis.
There is no good evidence that screening asymptomatic adolescents detects idiopathic scoliosis at an earlier stage than detection without screening , . The potential harms of screening and treating adolescents include unnecessary follow-up visits and evaluations due to false positive test results and psychological adverse effects , .
Yoga and movement re-education for the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis has been shown to improve stability of weak muscles; enhance range of respiration; increase postural tone in standing, sitting, and lying; and strengthen and lengthen the spine through specific postures used as traction . Movement re-education based on the integration of concepts of bio-mechanics and motor development has been shown to improve proprioception and awareness of functional movement, reduce pain and increase activity participation .
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