How Common Is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis usually starts in childhood. Scoliosis that is bad enough to need treatment is most common in girls.
Mild or small curves are more common than moderate or severe curves. About 10 out of 100 children who are diagnosed with scoliosis require treatment (either bracing or surgery). 2
Scoliosis tends to run in families. Children—especially daughters—of women who have scoliosis are at increased risk for having scoliosis. 1
- Hu SS, et al. (2006). Scoliosis section of Disorders, diseases and injuries of the spine. In HB Skinner, ed., Current Diagnosis and Treatment in Orthopedics, 4th ed., chap. 5, pp. 255–269. New York: Lange Medical/McGraw-Hill.
- Staheli LT (2006). Scoliosis section of Spine and pelvis. In Practice of Pediatric Orthopedics, pp. 210–219. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
Last Revised: July 21, 2011
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