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Published January 07, 2013, 08:59 PM

A DGF ninth grader has a renewed hope of getting back in the game

Glyndon, MN (WDAY TV) -- He thought he would never play football again. Surgery on DGF ninth grader Eric Watt's scoliosis would have sidelined him for life. But after success with chiropractic therapy, he has renewed hope.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Glyndon, MN (WDAY TV) -- He thought he would never play football again. Surgery on DGF ninth grader Eric Watt's scoliosis would have sidelined him for life. But after success with chiropractic therapy, he has renewed hope.

A few months ago, Eric Watt was getting ready to play his first and last Varsity football game.

The coaches put the freshman on the team, after learning surgery to correct his scoliosis by placing two rods in his back would prevent him from playing again.

But now, things have taken a positive turn.

Eric: "My pain's gone. I used to have pain mostly every day, by just sitting around."

After seeing our story here on WDAY in September, a viewer, a stranger, contacted the Watt family through the high school. They recommended a scoliosis certified chiropractor, an option the Watts hadn't considered.

They decided to see Dr. Ryan Schroeder at United Health Chiropractic in Fargo and the results have been remarkable.

Dr. Schroeder: "Scoliosis patients oftentimes have this type of posture. And we've seen Eric's come back up. And the reason that's important is that reduces the risk of his scoliosis to get worse as he ages."

X-Rays show that the scoliatic curve in Eric's spine has gone down.

The improvement has been so dramatic, he has decided to forego surgery... meaning he'll be back on the football field next fall.

The chiropractic route Eric chose does take a lot of commitment. He has to do three 20-minute home treatments every day. But he says it's worth it.

Eric: "It's all because of the sports, that's the main thing for me. My parents are happy, no surgery, they didn't want me to have to have the surgery but now I get to play sports and that's the main thing."

And Dr. Schroeder says he hopes people look into all the options before deciding on surgery.

Dr. Schroeder: "People kind of get into this mindset that they're told by one doctor that this is their only path to go through, look at other options."

Eric makes a weekly two hour visit to the chiropractor in addition to his home treatments.

He is currently playing on the basketball team.

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