A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.

It is possible to develop scoliosis with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing scoliosis. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your doctor what you can do to reduce your risk.

Medical Conditions

A number of medical conditions predispose children to scoliosis, including:


The adolescent form of scoliosis is by far the most common form. This form strikes children over the age of 10, and usually progresses until growth stops in adolescence.


Mild curves affect boys and girls equally, but girls are 10 times more likely to have curves that progress enough to require treatment.

Genetic Factors

You are more likely to have scoliosis if other members of your family do. However, you can’t predict how severe your scoliosis will be based on the severity of scoliosis in other family members.

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Young girls who participate in rhythmic gymnastics are 10 times more likely to have scoliosis than other girls at the same age.