Hi Dr. Hersh-
I first heard the word Scoliosis when I was 11, I don’t know precisely how much of a degree i had, but spinal surgery was the solution. I’m 21 years old, had the surgery when I was 12 – Eight years later and the level of discomfort is profoundly unbearable. I haven’t had a physical examination in over 7 years, I’m 14% underweight. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Hi Dr. Hersh,Thanks for your kind words. I’m so happy that we met. You, Davia and everyone really were fantastic to work with and learn from. Thank you for the pictures I see great improvment!
S K, Detroit, MI
We had a very positive experience (at the Scoliosis Correction Centers). Dr. Hersh is professional but also caring. He seems to be able to motivate his patients and meets them where they are emotionally, mentally and physically. He was patient with us and willing to explain things as often as we asked. He was very knowledgeable regarding scoliosis and the treatment protocols. The staff was responsive, yet firm, kind, knowledgeable and confidential.
MC, Houston, TX
Hi my name is Amanda I had the Harrington rod fusion when I was 12 in 1992. I had my first son in 2004 and began having back pain pretty much all the time. I get pain in my back so severe it brings me to tears and it’s like a migraine it makes me throw up to relieve a little pressure but it last for days. I have major side/rib pain and sternum pain along with it that is unbearable. I had my second child 4 mths ago and it’s now so bad my back swells up on the upper right side and causes leg and arm numbness and pain it’s the most awful pain I get no relief. I went to the dr and was put on hydrocodone it takes the edge off but for only a short time. I have 2 children who need me and I know something is not right!! It hurts to walk to sit to sleep. Can u please guide me in what direction to take and please let me know if u think my rod has broken or what all these symptoms could possibly mean.
Please help!! Thanks for your time!
Hi, my name is Miriam and I’m 16 years old. I am from Argentina. I underwent surgical scoliosis correction months before I turned 14 years old. I was previously operated on for Arnold Chiari Syndrome (a cerebellar cyst) that caused my spinal deviation. I wore a brace but it did not work. I have the metal rods only in the dorsal area. Each time I have a new x ray taken my spinal curvature appears more curved since the surgery. Recently a screw near the waist was broken (the rods were fixed with screws). The doctor said that it can not be re-operated and that I will not have any problems, but it hurts and I feel that it is rubbing or hitting against the bone and it hurts a lot. I do not know what I can do. I’m looking forward to consulting other doctors. But I’m afraid that I can not do any activity because of the fact that another screw or the rod itself breaks. I would like you to give me your opinion. Thank you! regards
I was diagnosed with Scoliosis when I was 13 years old, and I didn’t do anything until the age of 25. My curve got really bad, and when I first came here, it was 84 degrees. Now, I’ve been coming to Dr. Hersh for two years, and now it’s 64 degrees which is a lot better.
I like coming here because the doctor is very nice to me, and everyone is nice here. I mean, the treatment is painful. I cannot say it’s not painful, but at least you get results after that. Once I’m done and do the after X- rays and I see the improvement that I did, I really feel happy. I would recommend it to anyone to come here, especially if you have really bad scoliosis like mine.
Just come here, and you’ll find someone to take care of you.
Yeah, I’ll go first. Hi. My name is Mia, and I’m from the Caribbean island of Dominca. I started out with a 43 degree curve, and after 2 weeks, it went down to 32. I had less pain, a lot less pain in my back, and it has been [inaudible 0:23].
I’m Mia’s mom. I must say that the six weeks of treatment I feel very happy. My daughter was in constant pain in Dominica. I’m just so relieved to see that she’s so much straighter. She had one leg longer than the other, and that gave quite a bit of pain. Returning with her learning self-management and how to handle and manage scoliosis, and I just want to say it’s been great. I’m happy I called the Scoliosis Center.
Hi, my name is Treya. I work at the Scoliosis Correctional Center. And I just want to real quickly say that one of the things I think makes our clinic really special is that we have a really intimate setting. We get really close with the patients. The patients get great results. I, personally, love waking up in the morning, coming here, knowing I’m going to be helping somebody.
We do a lot of really special things for our patients. I know you’ve seen we have apartments upstairs where the patients can stay at, walk downstairs to their treatment. Also, for example, we have a patient here this session from Iran. I was picking her up from the airport. Her flight was supposed to arrive at 5:00 p.m. on a Sunday. It ended up getting canceled. She wasn’t coming in until midnight. I was still there for her, picked her up, brought her back to the apartment. She didn’t have a rental car. She needed groceries. I took her out to the supermarket.
We just get very close with the patients. Our session is right around the holidays. We’re treating the day before Christmas, the day after Christmas. The doctor has opened up his home. There’s actually two patients, one from Russia, and again one from Iran, that will be coming to the house and spending the holidays with us. So, I think, just something really special that sets us apart from the other places.
I was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 13. So that was about nine years ago. Basically, it takes over everything you do in life, having scoliosis. Nobody was really doing anything for me. Nobody was really helping the pain. I was kind of at a dead end.
And then once I found this place, it was just so quick. Nine years went by, and in only a couple of months I was here getting treatment and it worked. It took my spine back just enough to take the pain away. Every time I come back, it does even more and even more. So finding out about this place really gave me another pathway basically to a great life.