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.
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. Barrie Lewis