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Scoliosis is a spinal deformity that affects approximately 7 million people in United States. The most common age of onset of idiopathic scoliosis is between 10-15 years old. If left untreated, there is a possibility that scoliosis can progress to a severity that requires surgery to correct spinal curvatures. However, if detected early enough, scoliosis can be managed via noninvasive techniques, which research has shown to be extremely effective in halting the progression of curvatures and preventing the possible need for surgery. In order to detect scoliosis early enough to begin noninvasive treatment, screening programs are essential. Screening for scoliosis in the primary care setting is often provider dependent, and not all states have guideline that require mandatory screening in schools. This project investigates the possible health impacts of scoliosis, attitudes towards screening and early detection, and presents an intervention to help raise awareness and provide education about scoliosis and the benefits of screening to parents of Burlington youth.

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scoliosis, screening, early detection, schools, brace, spinal fusion, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, Vermont, Connecticut

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Getting Ahead of the Curve: Screening and Early Detection of Scoliosis in Adolescents to Prevent Progression of Spinal Deformity