I honestly don't know. I have it, but didn't know I had it until I was 19. I was in a car accident and had horrible back pain afterwards. I got an x-ray to check for problems, and they told me I had scoliosis - not from the accident of course.
THEN my mom told me that it ran in the family. She has it, my aunt has it, etc.
I started chiropractic care and have had regular maintenance since. It doesn't 'fix' the twist, but it keeps me functional. I have a "major rotatory scoliosis", which despite the title is relatively benign. It doesn't warrant a brace or surgery or anything, I'm just a little crooked lol...
And to be honest, I don't know what difference would have made to know about it sooner. Since it wasn't bad enough for us to even be suspicious, would knowing have done any good? Would I have just become nervous about it?
If you're concerned, I'd just suggest regular chiropractic care... they'll tell you when it's becoming a concern. Young children's backs regularly bend and straighten as they grow, so it's probably not until after puberty that it's actually "scoliosis". But I don't know that for sure.
Heather, mom to Caileigh 12/06 and aspie ADHD prodigy David 05/98 :intact lact