What Is Adult Scoliosis?

A normal spine, when viewed from behind, appears straight. A spine affected by scoliosis has a sideways, S- or C-shaped curvature. The vertebrae (back bones) may also be rotated. This makes it look like the patient is leaning to one side, or has one shoulder higher than the other. A patient is diagnosed with scoliosis when the curvature measures 10 degrees or greater.

Scoliosis is not due to poor posture. Your spinal curvature may occur on the right, left or on both sides of your spine. Both your thoracic (mid) and lumbar (lower) spine may be affected.

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Specialists at the Center for Orthopaedic and Spine Care can also be seen at the following locations:

Northwestern Medicine River Forest
420 Thatcher Ave.
River Forest, IL 60305

Northwestern Medicine Elmhurst
1200 S. York Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126

From acute injuries to joint pain, Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital offers comprehensive care for all types of conditions affecting your bones and joints, including:

  • Arch, heel and toe pain
  • Arthritis
  • Foot and ankle problems
  • Fractures
  • Hand, wrist and elbow problems
  • Hip problems
  • Joint deterioration
  • Knee problems
  • Muscle sprain and tendon injuries
  • Nerve and neuromuscular problems
  • Orthopaedic-related diabetes complications
  • Osteoporosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder problems
  • Spinal injuries or pain
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Sprains
  • Tendon injuries
  • Trauma

If you’re considering joint replacement surgery, Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital has a nationally recognized program of care to help you achieve a successful outcome. As a regional leader in joint replacement, Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) performs the second highest number of lower extremity joint replacements in Illinois, and brings you the latest advances and innovations in care.

To schedule an appointment with one of our orthopaedic specialists, please call 630.225.2663.