When a patient is diagnosed with scoliosis they sometimes question the specialist about a possible genetic link. In the large majority of cases the cause of the spinal curvature known as scoliosis is idiopathic or unknown. However research into the development of this condition has shown there is a possible genetic link between family members in cases where a family history exists. It is estimated that 1 in 4 sufferers will have at least one family member who shows signs of scoliosis and first degree relatives of scoliosis patients have an 11% chance of developing the disease themselves.
Examination of hereditary patterns has shown that scoliosis is genetic as well as hereditary in nature. Which genes are responsible for the curvature itself has not been determined although being female in itself increases the odds of developing it more likely.
Idiopathic as the most common type of scoliosis mostly affects young people between 10 and 18. It usually develops during puberty when the body is growing rapidly – it can affect anyone at any time in life however.
Experiencing an accident or injury can result in scoliosis developing or often results in increased pain and discomfort for those already living with the diagnosis.
Previously fusing the spine was the accepted treatment and not without risks or complications. New treatment options are available for scoliosis reduction that do not involve wearing a hard brace or spinal surgery allowing patients an improved quality of life.
Searching for answers for yourself or a loved one that has been diagnosed has brought you here to our website. Dr. Barker sees patients travel from all parts of the United States and as far away as South America to visit the Scoliosis Treatment Clinic in Lakeland. We offer many alternative treatments for scoliosis sufferers helping patients live pain free without the risks of invasive surgery. Contact us today.