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How does scoliosis affect women differently than men?

Luke Macyszyn, MD
Neurosurgery
Women are five to 10 times more likely to be affected by scoliosis than men. 

Scoliosis typically affects children who are still growing, especially before entering puberty. However, the progression of scoliosis is statistically much worse in girls than in boys. Girls are more likely to need a back brace or eventual surgery for their scoliosis; boys are more likely to have a mild case that requires nothing more than medical observation throughout childhood.

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