I am a pediatrician and in my work, I have to bend down a lot and I'm constantly lifting kids. I usually have one to three bad flare ups of low back pain every year. When my back would "go out", I could barely walk to the bathroom and would have to lie down in bed for a few days. I have tried everything: doing nothing and "toughing it out", muscle relaxants, physical therapy, chiropractic, therapeutic massage, and even painful steroid injections. Nothing worked.
When I moved to Westchester, I met Dr. Jonathan Donath. In just a couple of sessions with Dr. Donath, the pain completely disappeared. If it hadn't happened to me, I wouldn't have believed it. During my last flare up, I was expecting to be on my back for 2-3 days and in pain for 2 weeks. Instead, after one session with Dr. Donath, I was able to walk; two more sessions and I was fine. I could walk, bend down and I had almost no pain. Since that last back episode, Dr. Donath has helped me with my tendonitis in my right hand and with my chronic knee problems. I recommend Dr. Donath to everyone with back, muscle or joint pain. Even if you have not had relief with other treatments and other Chiropractors, give Dr. Donath a chance. I did and he changed my life.
Eugene Dinkevich MD, Mount Vernon, NY
I went to Dr. Donath's office with a great deal of skepticism. I had been through four epidurals within a three month period with no results. I had a large herniated disc at L5-S1, spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease throughout my lumbar spine. I was told by two different surgeons that surgery was my only option. Being apprehensive of spinal surgery, I thought I would have to live with this constant sciatic pain. I was taking up to 10 Vicodin a day with little or no effect on the pain and had to use a cane to help me walk.
I read an article in the daily paper about spinal decompression and after researching on the internet, I contacted Dr. Donath for a consult. At that point, I felt I had nothing else to lose. As it turned out, it has proven to be a great decision. After treatment with Dr. Donath, I am resuming my daily activities and I'm back to a normal lifestyle. I am literally pain free and walking again just fine.
Joseph D. Mount Vernon, NY
In March of this year I accompanied my wife to her appointment with Dr. Donath. This coincidental meeting changed my life. At that time I had scheduled an appointment to see a back surgeon about my chronic back pain. Dr. Donath spoke to me about an alternative to surgery called Spinal Decompression Therapy. I cancelled my surgery appointment and have never looked back.
In January 2007 I was out of work for five weeks due to a flare up in my back caused by an auto accident in 2001. I was on pain killers for over four months. In January 2007 I had 14 spinal injections. Needless to say I was in bad shape and feeling desperate enough to consider surgery.
After many treatments the amount of pain killers reduced to none. The treatment to treatment time declined in number from three times a week to two to one to once every other week. I have many totally pain free days. Occasionally I have a moderate flare up generally caused by my over confidence. We address it and my life goes on. I'm great.
Leonard P. New Rochelle, NY
Herniated discs are the cause of my chronic low back pain, and I have lived with it for approximately 8 years along with sciatica down my leg. To alleviate my pain I have gone to chiropractors, physical therapists, and acupuncturists -all provided temporary relief.
In my most recent episode, I endured pain for five months before my back completely went out. This episode brought on horrible sciatica in my left leg. The pain was excruciating, and I could not walk. I had enough! I had heard about Spinal Decompression, and Googled it. The search results found Dr. Donath and calling him was one of the best things I've ever done. He prescribed the necessary sessions and I was walking pain free shortly thereafter. Dr. Donath truly is an ANGEL! I will continue to see Dr. Donath, and will refer him to anyone I know who has pain.
Luisa M. Port Chester, NY
I had a herniated disc in my neck at section C-6-7 which was impinging on my nerve on the left side. I had numbness in my left arm/hand and severe pain in my neck and left shoulder. I had tried many other treatments. I had 3 deep injections by a pain specialist. I had seen two different spine surgeons who both recommended that I have surgery to remove the disc in my neck. I had also tried physical therapy and nothing worked. The pain I experienced was so severe that I couldn't work, and while waiting for my MRI results to make the decision on surgery, I heard about Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression. I had 22 sessions with Dr. Donath, in which I felt immediate relief after the first treatment. I'm able to work now, and the pain was reduced significantly. Treatment was painless, actually rather enjoyable. I would recommend it to others who have similar symptoms.
Abe A. White Plains, NY
Dear Dr. Donath,
I wanted to let you know how pleased I am that I came to your practice back in November of 2007. As you know, I had been suffering for a number of months from what I thought was a reoccurrence of some nerve pain that was from surgery I had back in 1975. The pain in my legs was waking me up at night, keeping me awake and my legs were very weak to the point that walking was slow and painful.
At the suggestion of my spouse, I came to you to seek out an alternative treatment that might be able to give me relief. After meeting with you and discussing the alternatives, I decided to move forward with the spinal decompression. Because of the pain I was in I put my faith in you that this could make a significant difference in not only how I felt, but with my overall body motion. After I had the MRI, you were able to focus on the source of the pain, which was actually a new ruptured disc...not from my older injury.
Even though it took a bit longer to get to the point that I knew I was getting some relief, I am glad I stuck it out! Today, I am 99% better, with almost all of the pain from my legs gone. I have a much better range of motion, am stronger and resumed skiing and playing golf. I can say that without this treatment I would have not been where I am today. I would certainly recommend this treatment and your services to anyone with similar problems.
Thank you for everything.
Steven E. White Plains, NY
After intense pain in my shoulder and neck area escalated to a point where I not only could not move my neck, but I also could not function, I decided to see Dr. Donath as a "walk in." Wary of stories I had heard about chiropractors, but unwilling to simply medicate the pain away, I chose Dr. Donath because of the reputed quality of Full Circle Family Care Center where he practices.
After only one session, I was able to move my neck and most of the pain disappeared. Subsequent treatments eliminated my pain completely and I now only see Dr. Donath every six weeks for a "tune up." I was amazed with the results and have been referring him to anyone I know with pain. He truly has healing hands.
Anne U. White Plains, NY