What increases my risk for structural scoliosis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Evidence shows that structural scoliosis may run in families, so if your mother or father has structural scoliosis, you may be at a higher risk for the condition. Additionally, people with other muscular, skeletal, or neurological conditions, like muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy, may develop structural scoliosis. Though scoliosis affects both boys and girls equally, girls are much more likely to experience worsening symptoms of structural scoliosis. Structural scoliosis typically develops and worsens during growth spurts, so children who are growing are at a higher risk than adults.

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