Hi, I’m Ann from Adelaide, Australia. My daughter has been suffering from scoliosis, and I have been suffering for a number of years from a bent over spine, which is known as kyphosis. My daughter researched on the net and found Dr. Hersh’s clinic. I’m very, very pleased that she has found this place and that we are here, and I’m very, very pleased with the results.
Hi, my name is Kris Peska, and my daughter, Keisha, has been visiting Dr. Hersh here in Connecticut for a few years now.
In eighth grade she was diagnosed with scoliosis by a routine check by the high school nurse. And so we went to a regular spinal doctor in Nebraska, who took x-rays of her and decided that her Cobb angle was about 16, and that was in eighth grade. There, he said that we would just watch and wait, and if it got into the 20s, then we would brace her. If it got into the 35 to 40 range, then we would do the Harrington rods surgery, which was just ludicrous to us. We felt that if you could move teeth in the mouth, you surely could move the spine by some kind of manipulation. The brace seemed evasive and constrictive, and that also scared us.
So what we did, we kind of sat around and thought about it for a few days and tried to call some people we knew who would know something about scoliosis, like some physical therapists in our area. And one was recommended to us to go to – a drive that was two and a half hours in the State of Nebraska – to see a physical therapist and do numerous hard exercises. We did that for two years, and one night I decided, I said, “Keisha I want to look at your back.” And I looked at that and I said, “I think your back’s getting worse, not better.” And it scared me; it made my heart sink that maybe we were doing the wrong thing.
So I got back online, and I did a little more research as far as who could maybe help my daughter. And at that time I stumbled onto plain and simple Scoliosis Correction Centers. I said, “Well, that sounds like the place for Keisha, just the title.” So I got on their website back then, and, of course, that was two years later after she was first diagnosed. So when she was a freshman, let’s see, she would have to have been, maybe it wasn’t two years. It was more like a year. But anyway, I stumbled onto this website and I decided, goodness gracious, Nebraska to Connecticut is a long ways. I’ve never been to either coast before.
We decided to email Dr. Hersh. So I made up a lot of questions, and Dr. Hersh answered every one of them. I reread that website several times. I had my husband, Keisha’s dad, involved in helping me decide this, that I think we really need to look at this and maybe going out there to Connecticut. So anyway, we decided to come, just Keisha and myself. We came out here, stayed in the apartment and had Dr. Hersh look at Keisha. Everything here, the stations that she’s worked with or on, have made sense to us.
It’s not easy. It’s a commitment. But would you rather have surgery? Would you rather have a huge, big scar on your back? She didn’t, and I didn’t want her to. And then as far as looking into more about people who have had surgeries, a lot of them don’t work. The wires will rip inside. and people will have to go have a new surgery. Rehab that way is a long, lengthy time.
So anyway, we made this commitment to do the CLEAR Institute Program with Dr. Hersh. Dr. Hersh is very good and very caring about his patients. He does his absolute best to help you and figure out how to improve your spine. Everybody is different. Everybody’s back responds differently. We have had progress, but we’ve also stalemated, too. It depends on your attitude as a patient, how much you want to put into it, how much work you want to do. A lot of people have an exercise routine that they do daily. This is Keisha’s exercise routine. Looking back at when we first came out here and learning so much from Dr. Hersh and how the spine is with scoliosis, we have realized that this is a long-term commitment on our part as for her healing and getting well.
We just feel that this is the right place to be, comparing it to surgeries or some other physical therapies that I’ve looked into. This makes sense. It is a commitment. It is a long-term commitment, both from the doctor’s side and our side. It is, I don’t want to say it’s hard, but it is a commitment to improving your spine naturally without doing the surgery that is just graphic to us, and we don’t know what could happen afterwards.
Keisha’s back is a little bit different case again as far as scoliosis, because she’s very rigid, and she’s had a tough time responding. So Dr. Hersh has made every effort to figure out with different equipment how to correct that and loosen up that back so it will respond a little more than what it has been. We feel that after all this time that we have been doing this, we have never given up on Dr. Hersh, and he has never given up on Keisha. We think he’s a great doctor, very caring. She doesn’t want to try and do anything different, either.
She’s still working with Dr. Hersh, and she’s committed to doing a 90 day, never miss an exercise, twice a day routine contract with Dr. Hersh right now to try and figure out why she’s having this rigid back, and it’s not responding very well. Her scoliosis is in the low 30s. She has an S-curve. She has a very, very straight neck, and we’re trying to get the curve established in the neck foremost to help her prevent from having arthritis in her 30s.
So to sum it up, I feel that we have made the right decision in coming here. As far as a parent’s perspective, we want to do what’s absolutely best for our daughter, and we feel that we are in the right place at the right time. And I’m very grateful that we found Dr. Hersh just by Googling, just like so many parents out there that are trying to learn about scoliosis and do the right thing. I would highly recommend coming out here and visiting with Dr. Hersh, if at all possible, before you do anything drastic as far as surgery, and see what he has to say. Look at the equipment and go from there.
My name is Kacia, and I’m a patient here at Dr. Hersh’s clinic. I used to do physical therapy before coming here, and I could never really feel it getting better. The exercises were so difficult before coming here. When I first came here I was really intimidated by all the equipment and stuff, but after doing it, I feel a lot better. The help is great. I feel really comfortable being around here. It’s done wonders for me. I can actually feel the results, not only see them.
Hi, I’m Rebecca, and this is Julia, and we just finished our first session with Dr. Hersh. It’s been an amazing experience. This has been a miracle for her. She, Julia, has an 80 degree curve, and we’ve definitely been able to reduce it significantly from being here as well as having some dietitian changes as well from Dr. Spitz, who’s been absolutely amazing.
Julia had a growing-rod surgery done several years ago. She had revisions done every year, and finally had them removed. And that’s when we knew we had to do something to help with her scoliosis. We knew that our only other option besides coming here was to have surgery, which was not an option for us. I am extremely grateful that we came here because it’s definitely helped a lot and set us in the right direction.
Also, Julia is a 14-year-old girl, and she’s actually on the lower scale of weight. Luckily, Dr. Spitz is able to set us in the right direction as far as nutrition goes. Before, she was receiving just feeding her Nutrin in her G-tube. And it definitely wasn’t enough for her, significant calories and nutrition. Now I think we’re on the right direction.
Hi, my name is Julia. I’m from Moscow, Russia. I came here to get treatment for my scoliosis. I had it since I was born, and when I was child, the doctors in Russia suggested that I should wear braces, which sometime later, we understood that they made my scoliosis worse. I heard about this place from my parents’ doctor in London. We thought it would be worth it to give it a try.
At first, it was suspicious because how can you improve scoliosis, make it better by just doing simply exercises and everything? When I first came here in August – this is my second time – when I first came in August, I saw that it is actually working. My scoliosis got from 40 degrees to 30, just in two weeks.
Of course, I feel better now, and also the staff and people who work here are very nice. For example, on Christmas Day, Dr. Hersh invited us to spend Christmas with him and his family. So it is not only treatment that you get, but also people are helping you to get through it, helping to make it easier for you.
So, yeah, I also am planning on coming back in June, which will be my third time. Yeah, it was very helpful and a pretty good experience and improved it. Yeah, so thank you, Dr. Hersh and everyone else. Thanks.
After we failed with the braces, I thought there’s nothing else to do, so pretty much for ten years, I did nothing with my scoliosis. By the time I got older, I begin to see that my back begins to hurt, and I couldn’t sit straight. I couldn’t do certain things which made my life kind of uncomfortable a little bit, so that’s when it sort of hit me that I should do something.
That’s when I decided to give it a try and come here to get the scoliosis treatment with Scoliosis Institute and Dr. Hersh and everyone. It’s also worth mentioning that it is not only these two weeks, it’s not only this period of time when you get the treatment. They also provide you with a long-term, basically a treatment for life because I will come back for a third time.
They have given me the exercises to do at home, so I can say that I am taking this treatment back to home to Russia.
Hi, I’m Jane from Australia, and I’ve been at the CLEAR Institute here at Hartford, Connecticut, for one month of intensive treatment. Over this time I went from my top curve of 50 degrees down to 38, and my bottom curve went down 56 to 43 degrees, and I’m feeling so much better. The muscle in the side of my back is just so much more loose, and I can sit up straight now. I’ve got better posture. The staff here are amazing, and I’m going to miss them a lot. I really loved it here.
I was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 13. They did the watch and wait method, which is where you just go back for x-rays once a year, and they tell you how bad your spine has gotten. I found out about Dr. Hersh in South Carolina from a really good chiropractor. I emailed him, and I set up a session. They give you no other option in life.
Who wants to have surgery? That really just ruins your day, and coming here, you can come here for five hours and go about your day with no pain. It’s a little scary, walking in, seeing everything. The people that are here and Dr. Hersh really make you feel at home and kind of like family, kind of just comfortable.
Initially, I came here because I had no option. I felt that why not give it a try. Once I came here and found that it actually worked, I figured why not give back to the kids. There are ages one to 80 that come here. It helps every single person. I just felt that it was really great. I wanted to give back while I’m still here. It’s really great to work with my doctors. I ended up working, and it’s just a really great place.
Hi, I’m Irina Sosa. I have scoliosis, and I was diagnosed when I was 13. Now I am 22. I just started treatment in February, which, I think, has helped a lot. I did my first therapy in May. I have grown, too, more than I expected. Now, nine months later, I stayed the same. Now, I’m getting better again. I think it’s superior.
Hi, my name’s Michelle. These are my two children. We’re from Texas. We started with Dr. Hersh two weeks ago, having treatment. We were a little skeptical at first because it was something new to us, different from what our orthopod told us, but we are pleasantly and happily surprised that Charles has had reduction of over 12 degrees. We are really happy and looking forward to a brighter future.