BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – June is National Scoliosis Awareness Month, a condition that affects over 7 Million Americans. Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. Dr. Donald DeFabio, is Board Certified Chiropractic Orthopedist in Berkeley Heights, NJ, specializing in non-invasive treatments for Scoliosis patients. He will be performing free spinal evaluations throughout the month of June. Most Scoliosis diagnoses are made between the age of 10 and 15.

Early detection is critical in Scoliosis diagnoses. It is common in children with a variety of congenital and neuromuscular diseases, but it is most prevalent in seemingly healthy children, with no known cause. The condition is more frequently found in girls than boys. Though usually mild, some cases that develop in childhood can become debilitating as the severity progresses with age. Eventually spinal nerve compression and impaired limb and organ function can result.

Incorrectly self-diagnosing is a common occurrence among patients. Many common muscular imbalances can present scoliotic symptoms, when, in fact, there is no irregular curve to the spine at all. “For example someone can have a twisted or torqued pelvis which creates a leg length difference.  It can create uneven shoulders or unnatural neck positioning. These are postural issues rather than spinal curvature. They walk in the office convinced of their diagnosis, only to find out specific exercises and Chiropractic protocols will correct these imbalances,” says Dr. DeFabio.

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Depending on the severity, there are non-invasive and natural alternatives for Scoliosis patients. Dr. DeFabio is a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Using a holistic approach focused on causes rather than symptoms, Dr. DeFabio is able to accurately diagnose and treat spinal imbalances effectively.

For more information about the impacts and treatment of Scoliosis, please contact Mike Buska at 908.771.0220 or email

DeFabio Chiropractic s located at 308 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights, NJ.