Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS): ‘the current state of affairs’. Part one


Generally spoken, scoliosis is an underestimated problem. Worldwide 280 million patients are suffering of scoliosis and in the future it will further increase by natural population growth. That is not the only reason for the explosive increase of AIS patients, it is also as a result of other factors.

The current situation shows that the problems within the Idiopathic scoliosis care are extensive and a concatenation of factors, maintained by the vicious circle in which it is situated.

Revealing the etiology of AIS, is the best base to start finding long term solutions. Without this ‘science’, the cycle will never be broken and all problems still remain the same.


At present, reintroduction of school screening is meaningless, since there is no ‘conservative’ treatment     combating scoliosis effectively. All existing conservative therapies are symptom-fighters and don’t address   the cause of scoliosis, which is one of the reasons why AIS is recurrent.

As a results of these conclusions the waiting lists in hospitals will further increase, there will be more operations, more children will be exposed tosevere health risks and school screening will always remain debatable.

Professor Ludwig van Rijn, head of orthopedic department Maastricht UMC + and author of the article: ‘currently screening is certainly of great use’, and emphasizes: ‘The consequences of abolition on the screening are now starting to become clear. At present, children come to the clinic with severe curves. Severe back disorders are not noticed in time’.

Due to the abolition of school screening, children diagnosed with AIS, are nowadays most of the time discovered by coincidence. This results in an alarming increase of the number of children with large curves, which appears on the first consultation with their physician. It is too late for conservative treatment and mostly surgery is the only option.
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List of sources.

  • Zon Mw 2013: Report: ‘Youth Health Care Program Guidelines 2013-2018 Scoliosis’.
  • TNO 2012: ‘A brief review of the basic responsibilities youth healthcare’.
  • Pr. Dr. V. Serdyuk at the University of Odessa-Ukraine: ’Balance non-surgical therapy or infantile and juvenile idiopathic scoliosis 2014’.
  • Pr. Dr. T. Karski at the University of Lublin Poland, Scientific Research 2014: ‘The biomechanical etiology of the so-called idiopathic scoliosis.
  • 2014, Norwegian study of: cost of school screening and treatment in idiopathic scoliosis.
  • 2013, Investigation of Scoliosis Research Society International Task: on school screening.
  • 2013, Oral presentation Sosort of the National Scoliosis Foundation USA.: on school screening.
  • 2012, Norwegian Research; ‘scoliosis detection, school screening’.
  • 2014, Pr.dr.L.van Rhijn, head of orthopedic department Maastricht UMC+: ‘Screening is certainly of great use’.




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