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What increases my risk for scoliosis?

Evidence shows that scoliosis may be hereditary, so if your mother or father has scoliosis, you may be at a higher risk for the condition. Additionally, people with other muscular, skeletal or neurological conditions, such as muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy, may develop a certain type of scoliosis. Although scoliosis affects both boys and girls, girls are more likely to have more severe cases. Scoliosis typically develops and worsens during growth spurts, so children who are still growing are at a higher risk for scoliosis than adults.

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