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 found. Also, nearly a third of patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis have a family history of the condition.


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Scoliosis and Hereditary

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For the people first diagnosed with Scoliosis, it’s quite common that the doctors might ask the patient or his/her parents a group of questions about the health of the patient.  For example, a doctor might ask the following:

  • If anyone else in the family has a Scoliosis condition? Additional questions can include:
  • Is there a possible gene passing down the generations possibly causing Scoliosis?
  • Is the condition of Scoliosis a hereditary problem?

All of these questions and their answers can lead to insight into the scoliosis condition.

There is no clear evidence or hardcore proof that parents can pass a “scoliosis gene” onto their children. In contrast with other hereditary diseases, there exists a huge difference in the type and severity of the illness that develops from one generation to the next. For instance, it is known that Scoliosis can occur in one identical twin and not the other.

Because 80% of scoliosis cases have unknown reasons, many people believe that there is a genetic defect as a cause. Some studies point to genes relating to nerve fiber elasticity, bone density, tissue structure, and joint hypermobility. Also, all of these ailments have some involvement in the occurrence of scoliosis.

The study suggests that scientists and researchers have no evidence that identifies a gene or a group of genes that causes Scoliosis. Moreover, it is extremely difficult to determine the root causes of the development of a scoliosis condition in an individual. However, there are different potential reasons and they are as follows.


For a long time, doctors, scientists, and researchers have been trying to understand Scoliosis and determine the cause or causes. In doing so, the researchers have addressed many individual factors including asymmetry in the hips to spinal cord tension. Even with today’s ease of communication and online zoom, doctors have not determined a cause and it appears that different people have scoliosis for different reasons.

If you are a parent and have a child with Scoliosis who is having problems, then you should search for the best treatment for your child. Some of the best doctors in the world are at the Scoliosis Institute! We love to answer questions that you (as a parent ask). Also, we ensure the best wellness program and medical treatment for children from all nations.

Finally, there is still a lot more to research when it comes to genes, lifestyle, and other factors that may cause scoliosis. The research continues at Southwest Scoliosis and Spine Institute! Our team works to find methods to make our patients live better lives — free from pain.

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