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April 5, 2000

School-Based Scoliosis Screening

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(13):1689. doi:10.1001/jama.283.13.1685

To the Editor: The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) agrees with the findings of the recent article by Dr Yawn and colleagues1 on school-based scoliosis screening as they relate to severe idiopathic scoliosis. However, the ACA believes continued screening is important for school-aged children for a number of reasons.

While medical doctors often look only for genetic malformations in children, doctors of chiropractic also screen for dysfunctional joints to which the dynamic musculoskeleton—particularly the spine—must compensate.