Scoliosis and Hereditary

Is Scoliosis genetically passed from parents to their children? Strong evidence suggests that scoliosis runs in families, but no direct evidence has been uncovered. Nearly a third of patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis have a family history of the condition.
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Scoliosis and Hereditary


Genetic test results on laptopFor those first diagnosed with Scoliosis, it’s not unusual that the parents or the patient are asked if anyone else in the family has been diagnosed with Scoliosis. Is there a gene that is passed down generations that is tied to someone having the scoliosis condition? So is Scoliosis hereditary? That is the big question and the answer is as complicated as the disease.

With scoliosis, there’s no clear, hard evidence that parents can pass a “scoliosis gene” onto their children. Unlike true hereditary diseases, there can be a wide variation in the types and severity of scoliosis that develop from generation to generation — if it even develops at all! It is interesting to note that Scoliosis can occur in one identical twin and not the other.

Because 80% of scoliosis cases have unknown causes (called idiopathic scoliosis), many believe that there must be a genetic defect as a cause. Some studies point to genes related to nerve fiber elasticity, bone density, tissue structure and joint hypermobility as being involved in the causation of scoliosis.

However, as of this date, scientists and researchers have been unable to pinpoint a gene or a group of genes as being responsible for Scoliosis. Therefore, with so many different potential reasons for why the spine develops scoliosis, determining the exact reasons why scoliosis developed in an individual is extremely difficult.

For centuries, doctors, scientists, and researchers have been trying to understand Scoliosis and discover the causes. There appear to be many individual factors to address — from asymmetry in the hips to spinal cord tension. By conducting a detailed exam of each patient in an age of rapid communications, patients end up with a highly customizable treatment.  Otherwise, in this day and era, one size does not fit all.

While we know that parents who have a child with Scoliosis are searching for a therapeutic or a remedy for their child, please note that we at the Scoliosis Institute are at the forefront in looking for answers while providing the best medicine available.

There’s still a lot to learn about inheritance, lifestyle, and environmental factors that lead to scoliosis. The research continues at Southwest Scoliosis Institute and we are working diligently to find methods to make our patients afflicted with Scoliosis live better lives that are free of pain.

If you or a loved one suffers from spinal pain, you owe it to yourself to call Southwest Scoliosis Institute at 214-556-0555 to make an appointment.