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Spinal deformities refer to a range of conditions that cause abnormal alignment or curvature of the spine. A healthy spine, when viewed from the side, has gentle curves. However, when these curves are exaggerated or deviate from side to side, they may indicate a spinal deformity. Alliance Orthopedics specializes in diagnosing, managing, and treating various spinal deformities to help our patients lead a pain-free and active lifestyle.

Common Spinal Deformities

Although many types of spinal deformities exist, some are more common than others. The following are the most common types of spinal deformities. To assist you in understanding these deformities, we will explain what they are and how to recognize them.


Scoliosis is the most common type of spinal deformity and is characterized by a side-to-side curvature of the spine. This spinal deformity typically develops between ages 10 and 15 but can occur at any age. It may cause low back pain, chest wall discomfort, difficulty breathing, and decreased range of motion. Scoliosis may be treated with physical therapy, bracing or surgery, depending on the degree of curvature.


Kyphosis is the medical term for a hunchback or rounded upper back. It usually develops slowly over time due to poor posture, osteoporosis, or injury to the spine. This condition may cause muscle fatigue, neck pain, and headaches. Treatment typically involves physical therapy exercises to strengthen surrounding muscles and improve posture. In severe cases, surgery may be required.


Lordosis is an exaggerated inward curvature of the lower spine. It often occurs due to weak abdominal muscles and tight hip flexors. Common symptoms include low back pain, discomfort when sitting for long periods of time, and difficulty engaging in physical activity. Treatment typically involves exercises that focus on strengthening the core and stretching the hip flexors. If necessary, additional treatments such as bracing and surgery may be recommended.

Flatback Syndrome

Flatback syndrome is a postural disorder that results in an abnormal flattening of the normal lumbar S-curve. This is often caused by excessive extension of the spine, leading to lower back pain and increased risk for injury. Treatment typically involves correcting posture, strengthening core muscles, and increasing flexibility. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, Alliance Orthopedics can help you find the right treatment for your condition.

Causes of Spinal Deformities

Spinal deformities may be caused by a variety of factors, from genetic predispositions to lifestyle habits. Identifying these underlying causes is vital for selecting the most effective treatment approach. At Alliance Orthopedics, our team of experts possesses the necessary tools and expertise to help you understand what’s causing your spinal deformity. We will conduct comprehensive evaluations to identify any underlying causes contributing to your condition. Common causes of spinal deformity include:

  • Genetic Factors: Certain spinal deformities, such as scoliosis, can be inherited. If someone in your family has a spinal deformity, your risk of developing one may be higher.
  • Age: Degenerative disorders like osteoporosis may lead to spinal deformities like kyphosis as we age.
  • Poor Posture: Persistent poor posture may lead to conditions like kyphosis and lordosis.
  • Injury: Spinal trauma, such as from a car accident or sports injury, can result in spinal deformities.
  • Neuromuscular Conditions: Conditions that affect the nerves and muscles, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy, may lead to spinal deformities.
  • Infection or Disease: Certain diseases and infections may affect the spine and its alignment.

Symptoms of Spinal Deformities

There are a variety of symptoms associated with spinal deformities, depending on the type and severity of the condition. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact our team at Alliance Orthopedics to find out how we can help.

  • Low back pain
  • Neck or shoulder pain
  • Muscle fatigue and tension
  • Difficulty breathing or chest wall discomfort
  • Reduced flexibility and range of motion
  • Uneven shoulders or hips
  • Abnormal curvature of the spine

Treatments for Spinal Deformities

At Alliance Orthopedics, we understand everyone’s needs are different. That’s why we provide a comprehensive approach to treating spinal deformities. Our team will work with you to identify the best treatment plan for your condition. Depending on the type and severity of your spinal deformity, your treatment may include:

  • Physical Therapy: Our physical therapists will develop an individualized exercise program to help strengthen the core muscles and improve posture.
  • Chiropractic Care: Chiropractic adjustments can help reduce pain and increase mobility in the spine.
  • Bracing: Bracing can be used to correct the curvature of the spine for conditions like scoliosis.
  • Surgery: In more severe cases, surgery may be the best option to correct the spinal deformity.

No matter what type of spinal deformity you may be experiencing, Alliance Orthopedics is here to help. Our experienced orthopedic specialists will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your individual needs and goals. Contact us today to learn how we can help you manage your spinal deformity and reduce your pain.

Sciatica is a common condition characterized by pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body. It’s usually caused when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine, or spinal stenosis compresses part of the nerve.

Alliance Orthopedics is committed to providing comprehensive care for a wide range of orthopedic conditions, including sciatica. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to helping you understand the root cause of your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan to reduce pain and improve your quality of life.

Causes of Sciatica

Sciatica is typically caused by issues affecting the spine that result in compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. These issues may vary greatly in severity and duration, from temporary and mild, to chronic and severe. Here are some of the most common causes of sciatica:

  • Pregnancy
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Bone spurs on the spine
  • Herniated disk

Symptoms of Sciatica

The primary symptom of sciatica is pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg. However, symptoms of sciatica may also mimic other conditions making diagnosis difficult. Therefore, it is crucial to discuss any symptoms of sciatica with a qualified healthcare professional. Some common symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Pain in your buttocks or leg that is worse when sitting
  • Burning or tingling down the leg
  • Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving your leg or foot
  • Constant pain on one side of the rear
  • Shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up


At Alliance Orthopedics, we believe in a patient-centered approach to treating sciatica. We aim to alleviate your pain, restore mobility, and help you return to regular activities as quickly and safely as possible. We offer the latest in advanced pain relief technologies and treatments. Our team is here to guide you every step of the way, from diagnosis through recovery. To help treat sciatica, Alliance Orthopedics offers several modalities, including:

Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that can help relieve sciatic nerve pain. It works by gently stretching the spine, which changes the force and position of the spine. This change takes the pressure off the spinal disks, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine, by creating negative pressure in the disc. As a result, bulging or herniated disks may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. This helps promote the movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is a non-invasive treatment option that can be effective for many patients with sciatica. Chiropractors are trained to realign the spine, which can relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve and alleviate pain. Treatment may involve spinal adjustments to correct misalignments, as well as soft tissue manipulation and stretching exercises to relieve muscle tension. Regular chiropractic care can help to maintain spinal health and prevent future episodes of sciatica.

Dry Needling

Dry needling, similar to acupuncture, is a treatment technique that involves inserting very thin needles at specific trigger points on your body. It can be beneficial in treating sciatica by breaking up trigger points stimulating sensory nerves in the muscles and surrounding tissues. This leads to the release of endorphins, which are our body’s natural painkillers. Dry needling can be an effective treatment for relieving sciatica pain, and it may also reduce inflammation and improve nerve function.

If you’re suffering from sciatica, don’t hesitate to contact us at Alliance Orthopedics. We’re here to help you get back to living your life without pain. Our team of experienced professionals is ready to provide you with personalized care, whether that involves chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression, acupuncture, or a combination of these treatments.

Take the first step, Contact us today!

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