Rowan Berkowitz is one of South Africa’s leading experts in the field of scoliosis and spine deformity.

Rowan strives to bring his expertise in orthopedic practice to the patient, through access to state-of-the-art technology and specialised care. Continuous collaboration with the country’s best professionals fuels his innovation and keeps Rowan at the forefront of the development and delivery of non-surgical orthotic solutions to provide treatment for a wide range of spinal conditions.

With Rowan’s continued extensive research for further knowledge and use of the latest techniques and technology (like visual computer-aided scans and 3D imaging used to correctly classify postural deformities), he will provide a clear treatment plan for patients, which often does not involve surgery.

With years of experience, research, and evidence-based practice from trusted international sources, Rowan shares his findings in managing orthopedic and spine conditions.

Medical Resources

Effects of bracing in adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis.

Stuart L. Weinstein, M.D., Lori A. Dolan, Ph.D., James G. Wright, M.D., M.P.H., and Matthew B. Dobbs, M.D.

The role of bracing in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis who are at risk for curve progression and eventual surgery is controversial…

Bracing in the treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: Evidence to date.

Brace effectiveness for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis was controversial until recent studies provided high quality of evidence that bracing can decrease likelihood of progression and need for operative treatment. Very low evidence exists regarding bracing over 40º, and adult degenerative scoliosis…

Comparison studies of 2D vs. 3D scoliosis bracing.

…further evidence and peer reviewed studies comparing 3Dimensional bracing (Cheneau braces) to Boston (2Dimensional) bracing for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis…

Conservative orthopaedic treatment.

Jean-Claude de Mauroy Scoliosis 2010

Here are the results of 33 degenerative scoliosis patients (30 women and 3 men), controlled for at least 5 years after the beginning of the treatment…

Chêneau brace for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: long-term results. Can it prevent surgery?

S. De Giorgi, A. Piazzolla, S. Tafuri, C. Borracci, A. Martucci & G. De Giorgi

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of Cheˆneau brace in the management of idiopathic scoliosis…

Efficacy of bracing immediately after the end of growth: Final results of a retrospective case series.

S Negrini1, S Atanasio1, C Fusco1 and F Zaina1

The objective of this study was to verify the efficacy of bracing for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) after the end of growth (Risser 4 and 5, until 20 years of age)…

Pulmonary function in children with idiopathic scoliosis.

Theofanis Tsiligiannis, and Theodoros Grivas

Idiopathic scoliosis has direct effects on many aspects of the respiratory function and, although there have been reviews on the subject, the purpose of this review is a detailed discussion on how scoliosis is affecting different aspects of breathing and especially how it is reflected in the results of the various tests of respiratory function…