About 1 out of 100 people in the general population has some type
scoliosis.1 Fortunately, most
cases of scoliosis are mild.
Scoliosis usually starts in childhood.
Scoliosis that is bad enough to need treatment is most common in girls.
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
Scoliosis tends to run in families.
Children—especially daughters—of women who have scoliosis are at increased risk
for having scoliosis.1
CitationsHu 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
July 21, 2011
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
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