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Why do kids get scoliosis?

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Danielle Jones
Obstetrics & Gynecology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Unknown

The cause of scoliosis, in most cases, is unknown.
It is likely multifactorial, meaning that a combination of genetics, environment, growth, etc. Play into an individual's risk of having scoliosis. There are some cases which are due to neuromuscular diseases like tethered cord syndrome, but these are the exception and not the rule.

In brief: Unknown

The cause of scoliosis, in most cases, is unknown.
It is likely multifactorial, meaning that a combination of genetics, environment, growth, etc. Play into an individual's risk of having scoliosis. There are some cases which are due to neuromuscular diseases like tethered cord syndrome, but these are the exception and not the rule.
Danielle Jones
Danielle Jones
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree

In brief: We don' t know why

We do not know the exact cause of the typical scoliosis or what is called idiopathic scoliosis.
That is what idiopathic means. Some other types of scoliosis have specific causes or etiologies such as neuromuscular scoliosis ie that related to cerebral palsy or congenital scoliosis due to birth defects in the spine's bones as examples.

In brief: We don' t know why

We do not know the exact cause of the typical scoliosis or what is called idiopathic scoliosis.
That is what idiopathic means. Some other types of scoliosis have specific causes or etiologies such as neuromuscular scoliosis ie that related to cerebral palsy or congenital scoliosis due to birth defects in the spine's bones as examples.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Robert Pashman
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Scoliosis

Many different reasons for children having scoliosis.
All are listed here:

For more information visit www.eSpine.com under scoliosis

In brief: Scoliosis

Many different reasons for children having scoliosis.
All are listed here:

For more information visit www.eSpine.com under scoliosis
Dr. Robert Pashman
Dr. Robert Pashman
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