View Full Version : Can this be handed down to kids?

01-16-2006, 09:17 PM
I have two sons and I'm wondering, seeing as how my scoli is so bad, can I hand this down to them?
I know it is most prevalent in girls but boys do get it.
Should I be getting them checked for this soon?
I do not want them to go through years of pain like I did before finally getting help.
If they have it, I want it treated while they are still young ya know.

01-16-2006, 11:14 PM
Katblack, can this be handed down to kids. Research is starting to change it's mind a little about this. My nephew has scoliosis, I have scoliosis and all three on my daughters have scoliosis. One has had surgery, one wears a brace, and one was just released as a wait and watch. So, with that in mind, I would say yes it is genetic.

I would have them checked and keep them checked for it. Boys tend to not show signs of it until later as a teen because they have their growth spurt then.

Start with your pediatrician and if the boys show a sign of scoliosis go on to a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Shriners Hospital is great.

Keep us posted how things are going.

01-17-2006, 01:00 AM
I was adopted so I don't know what kind of genetic things I am going to hand down and this has always been on my mind. I'm going to make them appointments once I'm out of my surgery and recovery. Then get them checked every 6 months or so.
Nip it in the bud as soon as possible. :)

01-19-2006, 11:04 PM
katblack- I think you and I got off on the wrong foot and you misunderstood me on the other page. As for your post here yes it can be handed down...also common in siblings. i was treated by shriner's when I was young and they are saints. do such good for kids. Both of my sisters were checked by shriner's often b/c they were certain they would get it too. lucky chicks never did. :) but i thank heavens for that. I would not wish this on my worst enemy. I would get your kids checked too.

01-19-2006, 11:07 PM
Perhaps we did, time will tell.

I do plan on getting them checked like I said after my surgery and recovery is over.
We have an amazing children's hospital here in FLA called All Children's. They have a great ortho team and Dr. beck is one of the best children's orthos around.

02-01-2006, 01:08 AM
While scoliosis can be handed down, about 80% of cases are idiopathic, meaning no known cause (http://www.iscoliosis.com/causes.html). I have pretty severe scoliosis (currentloy 31* post op, but it's been as bad as 70*) and no one in my immediate or extended family has it. I also a couple close friends with it who don't have a family tendency. It certainly never hurts to get them checked, especially during puberty when they're growing quickly, but I wouldn't lose sleep over it!

02-07-2006, 12:59 PM
I have scoliosis and wore a brace as a teen. I noticed my son's scoliosis when he was 10 because I knew what to watch for. I was hemming a pair of pants for him and noticed 1 leg kept coming up slightly shorter than the other. I checked his back and noticed 1 hip seemed higher than the other. Like ScoliMed said, I wouldn't lose sleep over it, but I certainly would check their backs periodically to see if there has been any change.


02-07-2006, 05:38 PM
I just did a research project on scoliosis and I read that If someone in your family has scoliosis, then you have a 25% chance of getting it. I was also adopted so worrying about my siblings getting scoliosis isn't the case. I'm not sure that the 25% thing is true, because some of the info on that website looked iffy, but it was the only concrete number I could find, so I just went with it.

02-07-2006, 06:22 PM
yeahh im 14 now and my sister is 11 and she doesnt have any signs of scoliosis yet. but my chiropractor checks her everytime i go (like every month). i wouldnt worry about it. and if they do (hopefully they wont) it wouldnt be your fault. :)

02-07-2006, 06:24 PM
Just check your kids back all the time, but if you don't suspect anything thing don't go directly and xray them because radiation at such a young age is bad for them.

02-08-2006, 07:59 PM
I have Marfan's syndrome which causes scoliosis. With Marfan's you have a 1 in 2 chance of passing it on. I had no idea I had this until I had a child and we were diagnosed together. Head of genetics at UMASS hospital told me that if you do not have a parent with this the chances are 1 in 20 mil (not exactly sure on number) or so of a spontaneous genetic mutation. There for one of my daughters has a 1 in 2 and the other a 1 in 20 mil. There is so much to yet to learn this info could change over night. Being that my scoliosis was thought to be idiopathic until my child had it I don't know that this could be one of those dormant genes that rears its ugly head a few branches down the family tree.

I had the DR check my children every 6 months and Low and behold that is how it was found.

03-21-2006, 02:44 PM
I have Idiopathic Scoliosis and it's very unlikely that it'll be passed down to my children, do you have that?

The Professor
03-23-2006, 10:31 PM
There have been many studies in recent years looking for genetic roots of scoliosis and other spinal deformities, but unlike many other obviously genetic diseases, scoliosis seems to be incompletely penetrant, which complicates things. Incomplete penetrance means that even if a child receives the "disease genes," there is a chance that the affected child will still be normal.

One gene that has been identified is Pax-1 (paired-box protein 1), a transcription factor (protein that controls gene expression) that seems to be involved in early development. The Pax-1 gene is located on chromosome 20. However, there are so many variants of this gene that it is still not known which alleles (variants of the gene) can cause scoliosis. Most of them appear to be recessive, but that is still not known, either. Since Pax-1 mutations appear to cause more severe cases, there are still a lot of other genes out there that could possibly be linked as well. :rolleyes:

A good review article that discusses genetic and clinical aspects of scoliosis (including other identified candidate "scoliosis genes") can be found at:


03-24-2006, 12:25 AM
They are 12 and 14 year old males.
My youngest looks good but I am worried about my oldest. Now that I am straight, had a successful anterior/posterior surgery last month, I am noticing my oldest right shoulder a little higher than his other.
I am going to schedule him an appointment to be looked at for June when I get permission to go out and about and do stuff again.
I am in a brace for 4 months and have a lot of restrictions because they fused from T-3 to my sacrum(S-1).
I am allowed to sit for 20 minutes every 4 hours so pc time is limited and stuff like that. No bending, twisting.
All I really want to do is clean my house and cook a damn meal.

Sorry, got off on a tangent there...lol

03-24-2006, 01:05 AM
Wish I were in town, I would come clean and cook for you.

06-19-2006, 08:36 PM
I have scoliosis through heredity, from my dad's side of the family. Out of the three daughters I was the (un)lucky one whom had progressive C curvature.I did the brace thing for many years and then I progressed to Herrington Rod implant in 1984. I know that my grandmother had severe scoliosis until her death in her 90's. (She was one tough lady.) It as also slightly evident in my father, but he has always done morning back exercises to help his mild scoliosis. It is better safe than sorry. The sooner the diagnosis the better chance of non-surgical theraphy. I'm not a doctor, but if your concerned then talk to your doctor.

06-28-2006, 10:58 AM

I personally believe that it can run in families. Both myself and my nan have it severly enough to need treatment, but my younger sister and my dad (my nan's son) also have it very mildly. To me this is too much of a coincidence as nobody else in the whole family has it.

Kazyn x

07-21-2006, 12:40 PM
HI, it certainly is hereditary but much more unlikely for boys to get than girls.
I have 2 boys also and will keep a eye on them. I noticed that Anthony Moreno preformed your surgery and was wondering why he had to split up your surgeries? I am seeing him Aug 1st and hope I can get it done in 1 surgery.
jsully ;)