Dear Dr. Hersh,
Hope all is well. I am super pleased with the treatment and am very grateful for the transformation my back has undergone! Thank you so much! I never imagined my back could change so quickly and I’m really amazed! People are noticing my much improved posture!”
Alicia M, New York City
I am writing to you as a desperate plea for help. I had scoliosis surgery when I was the age of 16 in hopes for a better future, and since then I have been in and out of hospitals, seen many doctors(that never want to take me seriously) and I am constant growing pain. I tried 2 years of physical therapy, Prozac, and nothing.
I am now 21 years old and I have nothing to show for it. I tried for 2 and a half years to go to school but now I have failed out. My parents think of me as a disappointment and the love of my life left me because of my failures. I honestly don’t know what to say anymore other than cry for help. The pain has creeped to my chest and I am so tired of relying on drugs to be more of a person and can’t handle anymore. I am trying so hard but my will power is breaking. Can you please help me? I want to be able to look forward to the future, but honestly all I see is pain. I can’t lay in this bed forever, I want to be able to go outside when I feel like it, I want to sit at the park and enjoy the air without having to return to the comfort of my home. I am 21 years old and I am way to young to be feeling this old.
Can you help me? I need a solution. Thanks!
I have scoliosis with spinal fusion and Harrington rod done 30 years ago. There is not enough knowledge about the complications this can cause. I had to ask my doctor to see how it was looking.The x rays show one of my discs was worn, the rod only had a slight chip init. As the surgeon was not able to do any operations there wasn’t anything he could do. I cant seem to get people to understand that a lot of scoliosis patients have breathing problems. I also suffer with extreme tiredness. The pain is helped by regular dry needling and painkillers. Im also fed up of having to convince the disability people for mobility payment. Its like banging my head against a brick wall. My podiatrist knows my mobility problems however!!! In general there aren’t any scoliosis experts who understand all the different problems which makes life harder. Is it a common problem for people to get breathing problems and chronic tiredness? That is with the same complaint as me! I would appreciate your opinion.
Thank you very much.
Hi Dr. Dan and Davia,
Just wanted to say that we were THRILLED with Eric’s post x-rays! They were amazing. He’s working hard (and only whining a little) every day on his exercises. Eric’s question is this. Does he really have to do 2 1/2 hrs a day of exercises? (I told him that its not forever.) And again, can he do both the morning and evening exercises all in one double round once a day?
Do you think it would be a good idea for us to buy one of those desk chairs that you kneel on? I thought maybe it would put less pressure on his spine. He spends a lot of time at his desk playing video games with friends. We have already put his screen up higher but I still don’t like that he’s sitting so much.
That’s all our questions for now. Hope you’re having fun in Panama. We’ll plan to see you again in August.
My name is Jane W. and I am from Eastern Australia. I have been impressed from your website, and found the actual patient testimonials so helpful. I am 22 years old and have had scoliosis for around 10 years. My top and bottom curve are between 50-60 degrees (as of 2004). Each therapy I have done, gave me so much hope – but each time I have been deeply disappointed.
My back continued to get worst, so I stopped getting x-rays. I know it has got worst, as I now throw-up in pain. My orthopaedic surgeon wanted to take out three discs and fuse the spine in 2003. According to my surgeon, there are not many people around with my degree of scoliosis in Australia. That’s why surgery is really the only option here. I have been on strict detox diets, herbal remedies, massage, chiropractic care, physio, bicom therapy & heavy metal detox programs. All have not been successful. I would just love a day without pain.
Thank you for putting information on your website to give people hope.
…thank you for everything. You have made a huge impact on the quality of April’s life, now and in the future, and given Ralph and me incredible peace of mind. (names have been changed.)
I am 25 years old girl from Iraq. I have 94 degree scoliosis. I fist found about it at the age of 15. At that time I was immediately advised to seek surgery due to the severity of my case, but because of the limited medical capabilities in Iraq at that time my family decided not to do the surgery, which later proved to be the best decision.
Since then I have never done anything to treat my scoliosis. I found about Dr. Hersh’s clinic online and when I went to see him my ultimate goal was to get rid of my back hump. But after I did the first examination and found out that it has progressed from 80 to 94 and after the explanation by Dr. Hersh that it will continue to progress and ultimately may cause disability, I redefined my goal to treat my scoliosis to prevent any potential progress and have better quality of life.
I cannot say that the treatment is not painful, but its pain can be tolerated for the quick results. After 7 days of treatment the difference in my posture was very noticeable that I could immediately tell which the new X-ray was even. But this is not the end of the journey; I still have a lot to do and you all should bear in mind that to correct your scoliosis you need to be patient and persistent, or otherwise you may loss any improvement you have achieved. daily exercises and changing in the daily habit will, Inshalah lead to significant improvement in your scoliosis.
انا فتاة في 25 من عمري من العراق و اعاني من انحراف في العمود الفقري بنسبة 94 درجة. عندما كان عمري 15 سنة علمت بوجود المرض و كان بنسبة 80 درجة في ذلك الوقت و بسبب نسبة الانحراف الكبيرة تم نصحي باجراء الجراحة في الحال، الا ان الامكانات الطبية المحدودة في العراق انذاك دفعت عائلتي الى ان تقرر عدم اجراء العملية، و هو الخيار الافضل كما تبين فيما بعد. و منذ ذلك الحين لم اخضع الى اي نوع من انواع العلاج الى ان وجدت الموقع الالكتروني لعيادة الدكتور هرش. في البداية عندما ذهبت لزيارة الدكتور كان هدفي التخلص من الحدبة الموجودة في ظهري، لكن بعد الفحص الاول الذي بين بأن نسبة الانحراف قد زادت من 80 الى 94 و شرح الدكتور هرش لي بأن هذا المرض يستمر بالتطور و قد يؤدي في النهاية الى عدم الحركة اصبح هدفي معالجة الانحراف لمنع اي زيادة محتملة و للتمتع بنوعية حياة افضل.
لا استطيع القول بأن العلاج لم يكن مؤلماً لكنه محتمل مقارنة بالنتائج السريعة التي حصلت عليها. فبعد 7 ايام من العلاج المكثف كان الفرق في وضع جسمي واضح الى درجة اني استطعت مباشرة التفريق بين الاشعة الاولى و الجديدة.
رحلتي مع العلاج لم تنتهي بعد، لا يزال علي القيام بالكثير و عليكم ايضا ان تأخذوا بعين الاعتبار انه من اجل تصحيح انحراف العمود الفقري عليكم ان تكونوا صبورين و مثابرين لكي لا تفقدوا التحسن الذي ستحققونه. التمارين اليومية و تصحيح العادات الخاطئة سوف تؤدي الى تحسن كبير في الانحراف بأذن الله.
….I would like to also say that you and your staff are amazing. I always felt that I was receiving the very best care. I also strongly believe that what you do is a gift from God.
Once again, I thank you, sincerely and completely for your heart, your skilled mind, and your able hands for all of the healing that you do. I will pray for you and your center- that it continues to be such a wonderful place of healing and restoration of the mind, body and soul.
OMG that is amazing. Thank you so much.I just got off the phone with ortho here for Alex…as I want to keep him connected…if for no other reason then to prove the need for funding.
They are very interested to learn more. The pediatrician saw him yesterday and said he noticed a big difference. Also daycare stated his behavior was much different…I think he must be feeling better.
Is there any chance you will be able to send the pics of xrays (email) like you did with his last one so that I have as record and can compare and show people…I am still amazed at his progress.
CS, Alberta Canada
WOW, WOW, WOW …….. When we left you his Cobb angle was 37 degrees, is it possible for Cobb angle to have dropped 7 to 8 degrees just from home treatment? I am really impressed with Tony’s improvement, its almost unbelievable.
My wife and I cried allot last night, they were tears of relief that the treatment and all the hard work is working.
Hello Dr. Hersh,
It was a pleasure being with all of you there. We are very thankful for your kindness and how we were treated there in the clinic. We are very happy with the result we had and Melissa as been doing her exercises how she was told to. We hope she gets better and better. We are hoping to see you all soon and again thank you so much for everything, it was a pleasure being there.
PS – Dr. Hersh, Melissa and me are very embarrassed that we didn’t go and say goodbye to you but we were so nervous for the flight and because the taxi was already there and we were In a hurry. But thank you so much for everything.
Milly and Rozy Rodriguez
How are you? I made it home and now I’m heading out to buy the weights for my SLA. My girlfriend at work thinks I look terrific! She said she doesn’t know anyone else with Scoliosis, but she’s going to start looking so she can tell them about Dr. Hersh and the clinic…
It was “marvelous” (we should use that word more) to meet you and the doctor, not just for the treatment but for the people that you are. So real, so refreshing. When you get a minute will you send me an address that I can ship to, I want to send you something. Okay, I’m off to run the Saturday errands. Hope all is well with you.
Tell Doctor Hersh I said hello.
Susie, Detroit, MI