Thank you so much for responding to my post...I will discuss this with my brother on Sunday and let you know what our course of action will be. I love my nephew to death and can't stand seeing anything like this happening to him.
A diagnosis of scoliosis can be made with any abnormal curvature of the spine. The degree of curvature and the age of the individual have a considerable part in determining the appropriate treatment.
You are obviously a very caring aunt and I agree with your assessment that he should be evaluated by an orthopedic spine specialist to determine the extent of his problems.
Pain is very subjective, but the fact remains that any abnormality of the spine will also cause changes in muscle activity in trying to compensate for the unnatural curvature.
It might be necessary to have a complete neurological evaluation, but generally the orthopedic specialist would be able to determine if such a consult is indicated at this time.
I have no disregard for chiropractic care and find that it can be beneficial for many individuals, but given the young age of your nephew and his athletic prowess, the orthopedist would be my recommended avenue of treatment.
Post with an update and give your nephew all the best!