by P4



My 15 year old son has been diagnosed of scoliosis with a 60 degree angle. Orthopedic outrightly calls for surgery but I'd like to explore other alternatives. Please point me in the right direction and if you are able to recommend a reputable chiropractor in South Africa I'd appreciate it.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.


Dear P4,
Gosh, that's a severe scoliosis, let's be honest. It's a great pity that it's been allowed to progress like that, easy to say with hindsite.

My point is though, since this can be a learning curve for others who read this webpage, that a child doesn't develop a severe scoliosis overnight.

Vital, first step is to check for a leg length discrepancy. A short leg. That should be addressed immediately.

My opinion, not that necessarily that of others is that scoliosis is a specialty, not to be handled by GPs, physios or chiros not experienced in treated scoliosis.

Where do you live? Then I can start a hunt for you.

Of interest, I saw a lady this week, 83, retired only in December, with a 60 degree scoliosis. She was told by her medic that she'd be in a wheelchair by 45. And she's still walking, managing, and comes monthly for her treatment. She has been under chiropractic care for her whole life.

Let me know at Contact where you live.

Dr B

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May 30, 2012
by: Steff

DR. B,
I have osterporosis and also some scoliosis in my back, I am looking for a doctor in Norwalk,CT, USA .
Appreciate if you could send me some names.
Thank you!

I'm afraid I can't help you, Steff. Talk to friends and family, your doctor for the name of a local reputable chiropractor. In necessary phone you state chiropractic association.

Dr B

Feb 26, 2012
by: P4

Hi Dr B
I have LEARN THERE IS an alternative treatment referred to as Schroth systems. Is there any chiropractor in RSA currently using this system?

Hello P4,
'Fraid I know nothing of Schroth systems. You could try contacting Dr Reg Engebrecht, the Secretary General at the Chiropractic Association of SA website.

Sorry I can't be of more help.

Dr B

Jan 19, 2012
by: Anonymous

thanks for your assistence. i will Try the recom mended chiropractors. He has exercises from a Physio which he had stopper for sometime and is now back on. I will encoursge him to swin more regularly as suggested i will also take pictutes as suggested to raise awareness to others who night benefit from our experience.

Again many thanks

Pleasure. He MUST do the exercises, every morning before getting out of bed. I would recommend these very simple basic lumbar exercises for starters...

A photo taken from behind plus the X-rays would be very useful. You can load them at the first page you wrote, or send them to me at CONTACT and I will load them.

This is a very useful contribution for others, thank you for participating, and I hope we can help your son.

Dr B

Jan 19, 2012
by: Anonymous

I would recommend:

* Dr Boshoff, Willem, Greenside Clinic, 9 Gleneagles Road, 011 7820004/5

* Dr Neethling, Christiaan, 929 Pretorius Street, Arcadia, Pretoria (012) 430 4832

Both are experienced chiropractors and, if any chiropractor in SA can help your son, then I'm sure they can.

However, don't expect any significant lessening of the scoliosis. The aim at this stage is to stabilise the curvature (it can get much worse still) and relief of discomfort and pain, get him onto a disciplined set of exercises.

I personally think it's worth six months of treatment, and after that seriously ask if surgery should be considered.

I hope this contributes. Please let us know how you get on with Dr Boshoff or Neethling.

BTW: Take a digital photogragh of your son's X-rays and please load them at this page. It would be instructive for others.

Dr B

Jan 15, 2012
by: Anonymous

Hi. Thanks for your honesty and willingness to help. I noticed the curverture on his spine begining last year and took him for physio who worked on him and prescribed exercises. Un fourtunately we didnt take Xrays till now which revealed the extent of the problem. Im in South √Āfrica , johannesburg, Pretoria area. I would like to believe surgery is the very last option.
Your am grateful for your assistance.

I have made provisional enquiries to see if there is anyone in Gauteng who specialises in scoliosis. I'll let you know what comes of it.

I would recommend he start swimming three times a week minimum for a start.

Kind regards,

Dr B

Jan 15, 2012
by: Carole Lynn

There is no more brilliant help you can get than from:
(866) 663-7030

The Clear Institute (in St. Cloud, MN) has done ground-breaking work on NON-invasive treatment for scoliosis and huge success in reversing it. Email Dr. Woggon to receive their newsletter and to get help.

Yes, I believe this an excellent option, though I know of no such treatment in South Africa. But just reading their site would be instructive.

Dr B

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