What Is Scoliosis?

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Chiropractic care and Scoliosis Pain Management

Dr. Ernest Caruso and the team at Boca Health & Wellness Center offer the best in Scoliosis Pain Management with a personal touch.

What is Scoliosis?

Occurring most often during a person’s growth spurt just prior to puberty, Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine. About 3% of adolescents have this often-painful condition.

Though most scoliosis cases are mild, some instances of spinal deformity increase in severity as a child grows. When the spine becomes severely curved it reduces the space for the lungs to function properly.

Children with mild scoliosis often are prescribed a brace to prevent the curve from worsening. Severe cases may warrant surgery.


Some of the most common complications of scoliosis include:

  • Back Pain – while we cannot prevent scoliosis, we can offer real answers for the back pain caused by it. Even after it is corrected, adults often suffer from chronic back pain.
  • Heart and Lung Damage – the rib cage sometimes presses against the heart and lungs in severe cases.
  • Appearance – As scoliosis progresses, it can cause increasingly noticeable changes – including prominent ribs, uneven shoulders and hips, and a shift of the waist and trunk to the side. This often causes individuals suffering from the condition to become self-conscious about their appearance.


Researchers are unsure of what causes scoliosis, but it seems to involve hereditary factors. Rare types of scoliosis may be caused by:

  • Infections or Injuries to the spine
  • Neuromuscular conditions, such as muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy
  • Birth defects that affect the development of the bones of the spine

Risk Factors

Risk factors that indicate the appearance of scoliosis include:

  • Age - Symptoms and signs and often begin during the growth spurt that precedes puberty.
  • Gender - Although both girls and boys develop mild scoliosis at about the same rate, girls are at a much higher risk of the curve worsening to the point it requires treatment.
  • Family history - Scoliosis sometimes runs in families, but most children with the condition do not have a family history of Scoliosis.


As your chiropractor in Boca Raton, Dr. Caruso will offer the kind of expert personal are you need to address your pain and health. Through chiropractic adjustments and scoliosis pain management, there are real answers for you.

Call us to learn more about Scoliosis Pain Management or schedule an appointment.

Boca Health & Wellness Center
3350 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd. Ste. A-24 , Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: (561) 447-2228
Fax: (561) 447-2230