Scoliosis Risk Factors

While the causes of most cases of scoliosis are unknown, doctors have been able to identify some possible risk factors for the condition. Thankfully, most children will not experience pain from scoliosis and will eventually grow out of it. However, severe scoliosis does occur and it’s important to be aware of things that could increase your child’s likelihood of developing this condition:

  • Genetics – those who have a close relative with scoliosis have a higher risk of developing scoliosis themselves.
  • Gender – while both boys and girls develop mild scoliosis, girls have a much higher risk of the condition getting worse.
  • Age – the signs and symptoms of scoliosis are noticed most often during a child’s growth spurt just before puberty, although babies can also have scoliosis.