Does scoliosis run in families?

The cause of most cases of scoliosis is unknown. However, many doctors have noticed that scoliosis appears to run in families. Ideally, if someone in your family has scoliosis, your doctor should screen you and your children regularly.

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Who is most at risk for scoliosis?
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Can men also get scoliosis?
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Can scoliosis be inherited?
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Whether or not scoliosis can be inherited, and the etiology for scoliosis, remains largely unknown. ...
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How does family history affect the risk for scoliosis?
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Family history is not yet known to affect the risk of scoliosis. However, some new research demonstr...
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