The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, has been a patient of controversial German sports doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt for many years. He first visited the doctor, who also makes use of homeopathy, at his Munich clinic when he was a teenager.

‘… I’ve been coming here since I was 16…’ the 100m world record holder recently said at a press conference in Munich. ‘… It’s been a long relationship. Every time I have a problem, he always gives good advice and treatments. He’s the best at what he does. We are very close…’ Bolt said, adding that he also receives ‘… vitamin injections and stuff…’ 

Bolt was born with scoliosis, a curvature of the lower spine, which makes him more susceptible to back pain and injuries. Dr Müller-Wohlfahrt is a world leader in the treatment of sports injuries and well-known for his holistic approach. Though conventionally trained in medicine and orthopaedics, his treatment includes manual diagnostics, as well as herbal and homeopathic remedies and acupuncture. The core of his treatments is what he calls “infiltrations”, in which homeopathic preparations and other substances are injected into the injury site to take away pain and speed up recovery.

Other famous patients include Paula Radcliffe, Kelly Holmes, Tyson Gay, Ronaldo, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard and Boris Becker. He is also the team doctor for the German national football team and FC Bayern München.

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