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Are people born with scoliosis or do it develop t over time?

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Dr. Bryan Reuss
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Depends...

Some children form scoliosis at a very early age and it is called infantile scoliosis.
Often, these early types are related to an illness or chromosomal abnormality. Most scoliosis develops later and is discovered in grade school or middle school. A pediatric orthopaedic surgeon specializing in scoliosis can determine which type your child has and the appropriate treatment.

In brief: Depends...

Some children form scoliosis at a very early age and it is called infantile scoliosis.
Often, these early types are related to an illness or chromosomal abnormality. Most scoliosis develops later and is discovered in grade school or middle school. A pediatric orthopaedic surgeon specializing in scoliosis can determine which type your child has and the appropriate treatment.
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
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In brief: Mostly with time

Most scoliosis (idiopathic) develops a S shaped curve in pre teen and adolescent females.
Congenital scoliosis occurs with abnormal shaped or fused vertebrae. Infantile scoliosis is rare form that looks like adolescent curve. Patients with cerebral palsy gradually develop C shaped curve

In brief: Mostly with time

Most scoliosis (idiopathic) develops a S shaped curve in pre teen and adolescent females.
Congenital scoliosis occurs with abnormal shaped or fused vertebrae. Infantile scoliosis is rare form that looks like adolescent curve. Patients with cerebral palsy gradually develop C shaped curve
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Can be either

There are different kinds of scoliosis that present in different age groups with the congenital type being present at birth.
The more common idiopathic type general presents around adolescence. Some present in adults as they age due to degeneration and bone density loss and others occur due to other issues like neurologic conditions, tumors, etc..

In brief: Can be either

There are different kinds of scoliosis that present in different age groups with the congenital type being present at birth.
The more common idiopathic type general presents around adolescence. Some present in adults as they age due to degeneration and bone density loss and others occur due to other issues like neurologic conditions, tumors, etc..
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