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Scoliosis Spinal Disord. 2016 Sep 9;11(1):27. doi: 10.1186/s13013-016-0086-7. eCollection 2016.

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and back pain.

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Department of Rheumatology, HFR Fribourg-Hôpital Cantonal, 1708 Fribourg, Switzerland ; University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland ; Department of Orthopedics, NYU, New York, USA.
Spine Unit, Hospital Vall Hebron, 08035 Barcelona, Spain ; Spine Unit Hospital Quirón, 08023 Barcelona, Spain.


This broad narrative review addresses the relationship between adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) and back pain. AIS can be responsible for low back pain, particularly major cases. However, a linear relationship between back pain and the magnitude of the deformity cannot be expected for any individual patient. A large number of juvenile patients can remain pain-free. The long-term prognosis is rather benign for many cases and thus a tailored approach to the individual patient seems mandatory. The level of evidence available does not allow stringent recommendations for any of the disorders included in this review.


Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis; Back pain; Conservative management; Natural history; Surgical treatment

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