What Causes Scoliosis?

What Causes Scoliosis?

scoliosis-treatment-lakelandScoliosis is a curvature of the spine that most frequently presents itself during adolescence. However it can affect people at any time of their life and for some, as they get older. Babies can also be born with the condition.

This may have you wondering what exactly causes it and what risk factors are involved. Unfortunately in 80% of cases the cause of scoliosis is unknown or idiopathic but is thought to be a combination of genetics and environmental factors.

In most cases scoliosis is caused by the following:

Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy is a genetic condition that weakens the muscles overtime which can lead to a curvature of the spine as well as other things.

Cerebral Palsy

This condition can affect the patient’s movement and coordination resulting in irregular posture.

Birth Defects

Very rarely is a child born with a curvature of their spine and is a direct result of the spine not developing properly in the womb.

Marfan Syndrome

This hereditary disorder affects the body’s connective tissue which in turn can have an adverse effect on the patient’s spine.


Even previously healthy individuals can be diagnosed with scoliosis as a result of the ageing process. Changes in the discs and joints that make up the spine can result in being diagnosed with this debilitating condition.

It is hoped that in the future more will be learned about the causes of idiopathic scoliosis and doctors will be able to prevent some cases. The accepted standard of treatment has been managing the symptoms such as postural deformity, decreased mobility and chronic pain. Surgical correction is the most common method for treating this debilitating condition. Some patients have discovered exercise regimes have proven to be an effective alternative to invasive surgical intervention to treat this condition.

Dr. Barker and the staff at the Scoliosis Treatment Clinic in Lakeland have been successful in working with patients using this non invasive exercise program for those diagnosed with scoliosis. To learn more contact our clinic.

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