However, I am always sad to see these cases, and other scoliosis cases that are allowed to progress until people are in the mid-teens, mostly because that can often be helped and in many cases corrected if caught early enough.
Chiropractors are experts in the detection of scoliosis and this is a great reason to get your children checked at least every six months if nothing else. If you have a history of scoliosis then you ABSOLUTELY should do this as there is a genetic link with scoliosis - it does run in families. With early detection, you can be referred to the correct specialists who can often correct scoliosis PERMANENTLY without the need for surgery but only if it is detected early.
Please be aware that not all cases can be corrected with conservative care but all the research points to early detection and intervention giving the best hope of success. Once a child is 16 or seventeen, it is too late.