What Increases Your Risk
Factors that increase a person's risk for scoliosis include:
- Family history. Scoliosis is known to run in families. Children—especially daughters—of women who have scoliosis are at increased risk for having scoliosis.4
- Being female. Girls are seven times more likely than boys to have a significant curve that requires treatment.2
Scoliosis is more common in people who have:
- A spinal bone that is pushed forward (forward displacement), usually in the lower back (spondylolisthesis).
- Missing or abnormally short arms or legs.
- Other disorders related to tissue development while in the womb.