Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine. It is often found in children as they progress towards adolescence, but can also be found in adults. Scoliosis usually occurs in the thoracic (upper)or lumbar (lower) spine. Many cases are mild and can easily be taken care of with the help of a physician or chiropractor.

If you think you have scoliosis, you will recognize some of these symptoms:

  • Back pain
  • Numbness
  • Shooting pain in your legs

You may also notice some physical differences and should consult with chiropractor right away, such as:

  • Uneven shoulders or waist
  • One hip is higher than the other
  • Arms appear to be different lengths (due to a tilt in the body)

Severe scoliosis may cause back pain, difficulty breathing or ribs on one side of the body to stick out farther than the other side.

Scoliosis can be caused by neuromuscular conditions (like cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy) or birth defects, but many common cases go unsolved. Doctors believe adolescent scoliosis could be hereditary, but some instances have no known cause.

Adult scoliosis is caused by the deterioration of facet joints, which results in inflammation. It is easily treatable; adjustments made by your chiropractor can keep the facet joints mobile and help to reduce pain.

Here at Dr. Sullivan’s office, we treat many patients for Scoliosis:

“Dr. Sullivan’s techniques have substantially enhanced my stability, flexibility, and sense of groundedness. Hip pains, excruciating lower back pains, tension, and limping have virtually disappeared!” – Tamara F., Executive Assistant

If you’re in pain, what’re you waiting for?! Contact us today to take care of your scoliosis.