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Accurate Detection Strategies for Adolescents with Scoliosis

Do You See Adolescent Patients as Part of Your Practice?

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is a complex condition and affects up to approximately 5% of young people*. It’s likely that no matter your health profession, you will see a patient with scoliosis at some stage in your career.

In this situation, it’s essential that you have some understanding of AIS, to be able to:

  • Recognise warning signs, symptoms and red flags
  • Screen patients appropriately
  • Discuss findings with patients and caregivers of patients
  • Where appropriate, refer the patient for further assessment.

This short introductory course (approx. 2 hours) is designed to improve health and medical professionals’ understanding of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), the importance of early identification, screening and referral pathways to ensure patients receive appropriate care.

Screening and Detection

It is also a good foundation for our Essentials of Scoliosis Management course, which offers a more in-depth approach to understanding scoliosis management in children and adults.

Level: Introductory
Cost: USD $99

Format: The course consists of several online modules, reading, handouts and quizzes. All content should take approximately 2 hours to complete. All material is contemporary, and evidence based. Learners are required to complete all modules in order.
Assessment: Quiz questions in each module will measure important milestones in knowledge (100% pass rate required). Multiple attempts are permitted. Handout notes are provided.
CPD hours: You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course confirming that you have completed 2 hours of continuing professional development (Please seek confirmation of your CPD requirements with your accrediting organisation).
Access: Once enrolled you have 3 months (90 days) access to the course.

Screening and Detection

Key Topics Covered:

  • Foundational knowledge of AIS, including definition and prevalence
  • The current outlook of early detection in the community, missed diagnoses, and risk factors for curve progression
  • Screening procedures and tools for health and medical practitioners
  • Diagnostic process, including X-rays and other indicators
  • The importance of multidisciplinary care, through understanding the role of healthcare professionals and dedicated scoliosis clincians
  • Treatment options, including current best evidence-based practices

Who Should Enrol?

Health and medical professionals who:

  • May see adolescent (10-18 years old) patients as part of their practice
  • Do not specialise in scoliosis but would like to acquire some fundamental knowledge in this area to build confidence in identifying potential cases and understanding referral pathways
Understanding Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis?

Meet the Instructor – Rose Marchese

Head of Education & Research, Physiotherapist

Rose manages education, training and research at ScoliCare, is a physiotherapist, speaker, educator, and writer, and has extensive experience in assessing and treating patients with scoliosisRose has completed advanced training in scoliosis specific rehabilitation, including Schroth, SEAS, and Lyon methods.

She has also been instrumental in further developing the ScoliBalance concept created over many years by ScoliCare’s CEO, Dr. Jeb McAviney. ScoliBalance is ScoliCare’s physiotherapeutic scoliosis specific exercise program which is followed in ScoliCare clinics and by ScoliBalance Providers worldwide.

Rose is a SOSORT member and a member of the Scoliosis Research Society.


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-2. Weinstein S, Zavala DC., Ponseti IV. (1983) Idiopathic scoliosis: long-term follow-up and prognosis in untreated patients. . Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Am 63:702-712

-3. Weinstein S (1986) Idiopathic scoliosis. Natural history. . Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 11:780-783

-4. Weinstein S, Dolan, L, Spratt, K., Peterson, K., Spoonamore, M., and Ponseti, I. (2003) Health and function of patients with untreated idiopathic scoliosis: A 50-year natural history study. JAMA 289:559-567. doi: doi:10.1001/jama.289.5.559

-5. Asher MA, Burton DC (2006) Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: Natural history and long term treatment effects. Scoliosis 1:2-2. doi: 10.1186/1748-7161-1-2

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