I developed scoliosis in my late teens after I had stopped growing. It showed up on XRAY and bone scan - mild to moderate but still there. My mom took me to a chiropractor every year as a kid so we knew it did not happen earlier! Looking back it was the same time as I developed other Chiari symptoms. As I aged, it was my right side that developed problems and pain.
I found that I was plagued with a series of primitive reflexes that altered my muscle tone and gave me grief that was not addressed by standard physical therapy for any length of time. Primitive reflexes are reflexes that babies have to assist in motor development and are repressed by higher levels of the brain as we develop - normally. Primitive reflexes can be retained past what is appropriate or emerge when older when the brain is stressed - brain injury, stroke, concussion, dementia, MS, Chiari…
The spinal galant reflex was the worst culprit for my back. Fortunately, there are more and more therapists who train with the primitive reflexes. The difficulty is finding someone who works with adults! I do have a post up with a variety of primitive reflexes that have a vestibular component as well as a motor component. “Dizziness and Chiari” under the Newbie section. If I had known about the reflexes before surgery, I wold have done them then! They help with tone and ease of movement for sure and I am glad that I have done them all.
As a note, I do not have scoliosis any more on assessment nor on imaging!