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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. Sincerely,
Steven E. White Plains, NY
Since my back operation six years ago, I had a great deal of contact with doctors and medical institutions. I won't say that all my experiences were totally negative, but I know one thing; meeting Dr. Donath and his staff was really an experience of a different kind. Dr. Donath truly listens to the patient, answers questions, and is not afraid to say "this I don't know right now." I had the feeling that on the part of this doctor there is a real interest in exploring all the possibilities of helping you, rather than pushing you through the necessary conventional tests and procedures and send you on your merry way. You leave this place with a sense of hope and a feeling that there are still doctors who honestly care. Thank you Dr. Donath!
Renee W. Great Neck, NY
In January of 2007 I sustained an injury to my back while working out in the gym. I had to take pain killers for several weeks in order to function. Even after the injury "healed" I still had minor, nagging pain in my lower back which felt like muscle cramps. I continued working out both in the gym and in martial arts but by back would "go out" every few weeks and I'd have to stop training until the pain went away. The nagging pain never went away and I functioned with it for about a year. I went to see Dr. Donath after "throwing my back out" for the fifth time in a year. After the first spinal decompression treatment I was about 60% free of pain and I was completely free of pain after the third treatment. I am in no pain now and his protocol of decompression, ART and chiropractic has me free of the nagging low level pain as well. I am extremely pleased with the results, impressed with his deep knowledge of healing and grateful for having found him.
Neil W. Bronx, NY
I want to take this opportunity to say thank you for your dedication, compassion, and level of service your practice has provided me. One year ago I came to you on the recommendation of another one of your patients suffering from chronic migraines and jaw pain. The migraines and jaw pain affected my work, sleep, eating and other routine activities. I can say I no longer have chronic migraines and my jaw pain has subsided to the point that it is manageable. I wish I can say I feel no jaw pain but that would be a lie. I have been meaning to pay a visit so I could say thanks for helping me. I've been to many doctors within the past 4 years with little comfort or understanding from most. In the past 4 years, I have seen headache and TMJ specialists, pain management doctors (which only masked my symptoms temporarily and left me dependent on medication to get through my day). You made me feel like I was finally getting some answers to the pain I was experiencing and it made a very big difference. This past year I have taken better care of myself based on the information you provide me during my appointments and in your newsletters. Since May I have made significant changes in my life to help reduce my stress and improve my health. I have been carrying over the techniques you showed me for stretching. I read all the newsletters your office sends out. I now exercise 6 days a week 30 minutes a day. This has been an amazing year for me!!
Christine D. Bronx, 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.
In Feb 2008, I was told I needed to get surgery in both of my hands for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I definitely did not want surgery. I started to Google for a Doctor in Westchester and found Dr. Donath. He started working on my hand right away with the Active Release Treatment, within a few visits the numbness and tingling went away. It is amazing that Dr. Donath was able to relieve the tension with his hands and not with surgery. I was relieved to be able to find a non-surgical solution!
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.
I have been having lower back pain since I sprained it in my early thirties. From that time, I received physical and massage therapy for about a year. My pain did go away but my back stiffened and I became a wonderful patron of the ICY HOT products. Eventually, my back improved, however fast forward a few years later, I discovered I had a herniated and degenerative disc disease. My pain was excruciating, I could not stand, bend, lift, without feeling jolts of pain. In association with this pain was severe numbness and tingling which radiated throughout my body up until I saw Dr. Donath. At the onset of the pain, my neurologist recommended muscle relaxer pills, numerous physical therapy consultations. However, when none of it worked, I was referred to a neurosurgeon who recommended surgery. Therefore, I began to scour the internet to seek alternative treatments. I had heard about spinal decompression and I decided to research it on YouTube and that's when I discovered Dr. Donath's practice. After my first consultation, I felt 50 percent better. Then after the 3rd, 100% better. It was a miracle, but in all honesty, the skeptic inside of me waited for the pain to return but it didn't. The treatments were so good that I traveled 3 ½ hours each way from Queens to White Plains just to get the Spinal Decompression treatment because I had to take public transportation. However, all my efforts were worth it because the pain dramatically reduced and I returned to physical activities that I enjoyed and fulfilled me without severe aches and pain.
Ali J. Jamaica Hills, NY
I came to Dr. Donath after unsuccessfully trying to deal with low back pain following a snowboarding accident in February. It hurt to sleep, to work, to walk around and I was in pain around the clock. I had tried rest, ice, physical therapy and pain killers, but nothing seemed to work. After asking around, a good friend referred me to Dr. Donath and I decided to give him a try. When I got to the office, everyone was kind and friendly and Dr. Donath thoroughly explained the mechanism of my injury and how we would proceed to fix it. Four sessions later, I’m back on the soccer field and moving freely and pain free. Dr. Donath helped me tremendously over these last few weeks and I have already recommended him to all of my friends.
Eji N. Harrison, NY
As a 61 year old woman, I've always considered myself extremely fortunate that I've never suffered from any chronic pain or injury. I've always been able to keep an active, carefree life, full of energy and vitality. Unfortunately, that all changed late last winter as I was eating dinner at a fancy restaurant! I bit into something that caused my left jaw to suddenly start throbbing and aching. As all my various minor injuries had always done, I was sure that it would go away in a few days. Unfortunately, the pain only got worse, so much so that I became obsessed with it as I was always aware of it I was constantly massaging and holding my poor jaw! I finally had to accept the fact that I had TMJ, temporomandibular joint disorder. Of course, I immediately turned to the internet for information and advice, but couldn't seem to get any clear indication of what to do besides make an appointment with my dentist. My dentist determined that I had a fairly mild case of TMJ and just prescribed a very heavy dose of ibuprofen for several weeks, along with hot compresses. I diligently followed his orders, and, of my own accord, switched to a very soft diet, but my symptoms only got worse. The left side of my neck began to ache, and also my left ear. I even had a hard time talking! Running, which is my therapy and passion, also became too painful as the pounding was too jarring for my jaw. I felt very hopeless and was ready to talk to a joint doctor to discuss the possibility of surgery. Fortunately, I was sparred having to do anything so expensive or radical. While talking to my mother one day, she mentioned an article she had just read about chiropractors treating TMJ. I have always been open to alternative methods to routine medicine, and decided to give it a try. I googled " White Plains chiropractor treating TMJ" and sure enough, up came Dr. Donath's name, along with several other doctors. I was most impressed with Dr. Donath's website and all of the testimonials about his work, so decided to call and see if I could make an appointment as soon as possible. I must say that I was so pleasantly surprised at how warm and solicitous the woman was who made the appointment. I am so used to terse, matter-of-fact receptionists that I already felt a little better! When I came in for my appointment I was delighted at how gracious and lovely the office and atmosphere were. Dr. Donath himself turned out to be a wonderful doctor, extremely warm, attentive, caring, and he explained my condition to me and how he thought he should best treat it in simple, layman's terms. We decided on a course of 5 treatments, and I had my first one right there and then. I must say....and he certainly warned me....it sure didn't feel too good; but when I left the office, and upon waking up the next morning, I felt better than I had in months! It was amazing what just one treatment did! I came back a couple of days later for my second treatment, and was planning on resuming the remaining three after I got back from vacation. I don't know what he did or how he did it, but somehow, while I was on vacation, I realized that I was cured! In the course of just two treatments, Dr. Donath managed to take away my pain. All of my symptoms just disappeared! I was actually able to yawn! And bite into an apple! It's so rare these days to have a medical experience where one's expectations are truly met and fulfilled; leaving you feeling gratified and satisfied. But when those expectations are exceeded by a level of such professionalism by a doctor who combines it with a rare dose of sincerity and caring, I have to feel as though I was very fortunate indeed to have been treated my Dr. Donath.
Suzanne S. Greenwich, CT
For months, I'd get out of bed in the morning with pain and stiffness in my feet. It hurt to walk and I had to limp to the train station each day. The pain would go away and then mysteriously come back right when it was time to commute home from the office. I could barely flex my ankle! I went to an orthopedist, who told me that I would need major surgery and a 6-month rehabilitation period in order to correct my condition. I decided to check in with Dr Donath and see if he had any advice. After my very first treatment, I felt significant relief. The next morning, most of my pain was gone. After only a few treatments I was pain-free, I had my full range of motion back, and Dr Donath gave me some stretches and exercises that have kept me pain-free two years later. If you've got foot pain, call Dr Donath. He can help.
Isaac S. Stamford, CT
I came to see Dr. Donath after I was referred to him by a colleague. I had been suffering with numbness in my leg following a herniated disk for about two years. Tired of the constant numbness, I was eager to try anything to restore the feeling to my leg. In spite of the fact that I had to travel from New Jersey several times a week, I was highly motivated to find relief. I felt an immediate improvement as soon as I started the treatment and it was amazing to finally regain feeling in my leg after so long. Dr. Donath and all his staff were amazingly warm and concerned about my well being and I looked forward to the relaxing time during the treatments. I have regained a significant amount of feeling in my leg and I no longer wake up with back pain on a daily basis. I would highly recommend the treatment and in particular the highly competent office of Dr. Donath and his staff.
Sheryl S. Tenafly, NJ
For about 5 years, I had been suffering gradually increasing pain in my lower back. This condition has caused enough discomfort to restrict many physical activities such as high school sports officiating, hiking & skiing. I had tried physical therapy, but found only minimal relief. When I met with Dr. Donath, frankly I was a little skeptical of what spinal decompression could actually accomplish for me. After a consultation with an explanation of the process, I decided to give it a try, since nothing else had been effective. The process itself is very comfortable & relaxing & lasts just short of 30 minutes. After about 3 weeks of treatment, I noticed that I had less back discomfort than before & in the ensuing weeks I was able to start to increase my physical activities without serious discomfort. At this time I have almost no back discomfort at all and icing easily relieves it.For me, the logic of the explanation of the treatment proved true & I am very thankful. I haven’t felt this comfortable in at least 5 years. Dr. Donath & his staff are all very attentive to their patients & I am grateful for the treatment given. Decompression worked for me!
Ed P. Mt. Vernon, NY
I first began to see Dr. Donath concerning unbearable pains which resulted from multiple fractures sustained approximately 36 years before. It was indisputable that many of the structural defects sustained in feet, legs and hips could not actually be reversed orthopedically. However, since orthopedic surgical adjustments had indeed helped my mobility, I hoped perhaps to be assisted through chiropractic with the incapacitation caused by multiple continual pains. I had experienced little success with chiropractic adjustments performed by other professionals. However, in searching the Internet, I returned repeatedly to the site of Joint Effort Chiropractic. Dr. Donath's approach seemed far more knowledgeable and intelligent than those of chiropractors I had encountered; so I felt it was worthwhile to "give it a shot". In fact, Dr. Donath miraculously made unbearable pains transform into manageable discomforts. He actually diagnosed, in neurological and lay terms, the causes of major physical stressors; treated them with manual and mechanical procedures; and all along clarified to me what was being done. Amazed, I found myself functional and agony-free beyond my dreams! In short, there is no "defining" Dr. Donath as "a chiropractor": He is a doctor on the highest order. This professional deserves the highest accolades, not only for successfully combating pain and enabling function, but also for elucidating the patient's problems and their resolutions so as to be understandable to the patient him/herself. Dr. Donath's brilliance results in effective and transformational outcomes because he possesses, as well, the exceedingly rare quality of empathy. I am thankful beyond description for the good fortune of finding this true paragon of medical professionalism!
Carol G. Hartsdale, NY
I am a 50 year old business owner living in Westchester. I had been living a very active lifestyle for many years which included personal-training, Pilates and Tango dancing. I sustained an injury, which an MRI revealed consisted of three herniated discs. I was in severe lower back pain which made dressing myself an ordeal each morning. A friend referred me to Dr. Jonathan Donath, who saw me immediately on the day I called. After explaining my injury to me as well as the treatment options; I opted for the spinal decompression course in order to regain my active lifestyle. Within two (2) months time, I am now pain-free and slowly returning to all of my prior activities. Dr. Donath and his excellent team were professional, courteous and supportive throughout my treatments. Each step was explained to me in detail, including the daily exercises I needed to commence to strengthen and stretch my back. Further, Dr. Donath encouraged my exploring non-impact exercises I could do during my treatments. I started swimming twice a week during my treatment period and will continue to do so. I wholeheartedly endorse Dr. Donath and his capable staff. He has given me back my lifestyle and has taught me how to protect my back as well. Thank you,
Alan W. Larchmont, NY
I have experienced moderate to severe knee pain and discomfort for as long as I can remember. I've been a lifelong athlete and despite my success and passion as a softball catcher, it only seemed to aggravate the pain I experienced. I was assessed at the age of 10 with having "floating kneecaps" and I went through countless hours of physical therapy. I also have tendonitis in both of my knees and I had to wear these uncomfortable knee braces that did not do much to improve my discomfort or make my life any easier. After I "retired" from the sport about 6 years ago I thought that the damage I had done to my knees was irreversible and that it was something I was going to have to deal with for the rest of my life. However, I could never get used to the sound of my knees cracking as I walked up and down the stairs and I decided that something needed to be done. After losing about 25 lbs the condition with my knees improved slightly, but after every workout my knees would swell up and I could barely walk at the end of the day. It was then that my mother suggested trying the option of going to a chiropractor to see if there was anything else that could be done to improve my quality of life. It was at this point in time that I met Dr. Donath. Within the very first consultation with him and after a series of stretches and adjustments, I felt like he had already honed in on the root of my knee pain. He treats many athletes for injuries and pain they sustain, so I felt like he already knew where I was coming from. He then made the suggestion out of the blue to look at my feet and see if the way I walk and distribute my weight when I walk had any contribution to my knee pain. After using his cool little machine he found that my feet were in worse shape than my knees! In all my years of treating my knee pain nobody offered this service to me. He suggested the option of specially made Orthotics for my feet in addition to some stretches and exercises to strengthen my back and knees to see if it helped conditions improve. Within a matter of months I can't even believe the difference I feel in my knees. The Orthotics have completely improved the way I walk and the way my knees feel after working out. I'm no longer afraid to run on the treadmill and I can actually walk up and down the stairs without hearing that awful cracking noise I grew used to hearing. I have also strengthened my back and neck with the exercises he gave me and I have lost even more weight because of this improvement in my quality of life and this ease of discomfort. I strongly recommend ANYONE and EVERYONE with knee pain and discomfort to go see Dr. Donath! Within 2-3 months he completely erased my 24 years of knee pain and discomfort and for that I will be forever grateful!!
Gina P. Pleasantville, NY
Several years ago I experienced severe pain in my legs and lower back. I went to see several physicians as well as a few chiropractors. I went for an MRI and was informed that I had several herniated disks in my lower back I think they were L4 & L5. I had, as a result a severe case of sciatica. I was told that I should get an operation or I might have to live with the pain… some choice. I decided on pain management and after several sessions with steroids I was relatively pain free. Unfortunately this did not last long. I saw an infomercial for something called Back-to-Life and tried it but it did not work, I tried all kinds of treatments: hanging, physical therapy and inversion still no pain relief. I was very concerned because I was recently retired and wanted to play lots of golf. Unfortunately I could not even stand up let alone play golf. With no end in sight I googled the term "spinal decompression" and low and behold I was directed to a site dedicated to working with patients who had problems associated with herniated disks. The site was that of Dr. Jonathan Donath. I made an appointment in January of 2010 and he assured me that I would be back on the golf course by May. Today is May 19, 2010 and I played golf this past weekend. Not only was I pain free but I was able to make a bigger shoulder turn which resulted in my shots going a few yards farther, especially my driver. Thank you Dr. Donath.
Marco P. Yonkers, NY
Hi my name is Luis Torres and I suffered from a herniated disc in my back for a few years. I continued to work and exercise without treating the problem until one day my back gave out on me and I couldn’t stand straight anymore. I had a really hard time just walking down the street. I was sent to a neurosurgeon who said I needed a spinal fusion surgery. While I was waiting for my insurance to approve the surgery I came across Dr. Donath’s office online and decided to give it a shot. I met Dr. Donath and we talked for a while about my situation. He examined me and went over my MRI’s in great detail. He told me that he could make me better and I started to go in for therapy. After about two weeks I noticed a difference and as time went on I started to walk normally again. I was also able to stand up straight again. I canceled the surgery and have never looked back. I want to thank Dr. Donath for helping me and I also want to thank his staff for being so nice and helpful. I feel great now and it’s all thanks to them.
Luis T. Yonkers, 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
Unlike many of Dr. Donath's patients who come to him after years of chronic back pain, I saw him immediately after injuring my spine - and I am very glad I did! In March 2011, while moving a chair, I felt a sharp pain in my lower back that shot all the way down my right leg. It left me gasping for air and barely able to move. An urgent care doctor referred me to Dr. Donath, who kindly agreed to stay late in the office to see me right away. An MRI confirmed his diagnosis of a severe herniation in my L4/L5 discs - had I gone to an orthopedic doctor, I almost certainly would have had surgery immediately. Dr. Donath recommended Spinal Decompression instead. Amazingly, I started to feel better within days and stopped taking any pain medication after less than two weeks. Those 22 minutes became my daily moment of Zen! Because of the severity of the injury, I continued the treatment for ten weeks. There were some ups and downs during that time, but by the end, I was virtually without pain. Back trouble may be a lifelong issue, but this treatment and the right kind of exercise make it a manageable one.

I truly appreciate Dr. Donath's honest, thoughtful and thorough approach to treating his patients. Thanks to him and his lovely colleague Dr. Rambarat, I will be going skiing with my family this winter!
Kristin J. Rye, NY
I have suffered with sciatica for many years, most severely over the last two years. The pain was manageable up until this spring 2011, it continued to increase shooting up and down my left leg extending into my lower back limiting my movement and activity. My doctor suggested anti-inflammatory medication. I wanted relief so I tried some exercises I learned but none of which made me better. After seeking various other options including acupuncture I decided on visiting Dr. Donath. After my consultation visit, he minimized my skepticism. He took the time to go over my medical history, gave me an initial exam, explained my condition and confidently presented me a treatment plan. My treatment consisted of six visits over three weeks and prescribed exercises and stretches. I started feeling improvement after my second visit and by my fourth visit I was feeling like the old me or should I have said the younger me. After finishing my sixth treatment and prescribed daily exercises/stretches I felt rehabilitated and continue to feel even better. Dr. Donath and staff are pleasant and his office environment is comfortable. I want to thank him because I am well again and actively playing tennis, exercising, stretching, swimming and playing a little basketball daily. I am thrilled at 56 years of age to be active and pretty much pain free. I would highly recommend Dr. Donath for treatment of any back related issues.
Douglas M. Pelham, NY
I suffered from migraines all throughout high school, and was able to manage them to some degree with medication taken when I had the headaches. This worked relatively well up until the middle of my first year of college, when I had to go to the emergency room one night because the pain was so bad. Soon after that visit, I saw a neurologist who prescribed me a heavy anti-seizure medication, because there is no medication that is made to target just migraine headaches. I was on this preventative medication for about four months with almost no headaches, and then all of a sudden they returned. My family had been treated by Dr. Donath in the past, with excellent results, and made an appointment for me to see him one day when I couldn't even go to work because the pain was so bad. After that first treatment, going in with pain, I came out much more relaxed and confident in Dr. Donath's ability to work with my body to definitely ease, and (I hoped!) eliminate the migraines. A few months later, I have been off of my medication for more than a month, and have been migraine free for the same amount of time! Going from having between three and five migraines a week to none is really amazing. And getting me off of the heavy medication I was taking is great, too! I'm feeling better than I have in a very long time and Dr. Donath helped me get better faster than I ever imagined possible.
Thank you for all your help, Dr. Donath!
Catie E. White Plains, NY
My name is Joseph Vento. I'm 22 years old and I am a current student at Pace Law in White Plains, NY. I started seeing Dr. Donath sometime during the end of October. The reason I sought chiropractic help is to receive treatment for my right shoulder. Being a pitcher for most of my life, I have put massive amounts of wear and tear on my arm. It got to the point during the summer of 2011 where I couldn't even lift my arm. Everyday I woke up with a numbing pain that used to shoot down to my fingertips. After trying a bunch of homemade remedies (icy hot, ice, heating pad, advil), I finally thought it time to see a chiropractor. The first chiropractor I went to took a very laid-back approach to initiate my healing process. After a full month of going I saw very little improvement. When I came back to school here in White Plains, I thought it necessary to see a different doctor. My first visit with Dr. Donath made me instantly feel as if recovery was within my reach. He was very good at helping me understand the problem, the cause and, most importantly, the needed solution, which was called Active Release Technique (ART). He explained that there was a good amount of scar tissue that has built up inside my shoulder due to the years spent pitching, and it was severely decreasing my range of motion. He explained that I would only need 6-7 treatments to notice a huge difference. At first, I admittedly doubted him. I didn't think it was possible that one doctor was planning on seeing me for months to come, while another just wanted to fix me as soon as possible and have me be on my merry way. Sure enough, after 6 treatments, my right arm is no longer in any pain at all. I was sincerely amazed at how quick the ART made my arm feel stronger, lighter, and more flexible. Dr. Donath has cleared me to try pitching again and I am more than excited to do so. Each time, my visit to Joint Effort Chiropractic was both welcoming and enjoyable. The staff is both professional and courteous at all times. Within 2 visits, everyone there knew my name and was eager to ask how I was feeling. I would gladly recommend Dr. Donath to anyone.
Joseph V. White Plains, NY
I am a 48 year old woman who injured my neck and back in February of 2010. I sustained 2 cervical disc herniations as well as an injury to the upper thoracic area of my spine. After much blood work, x-rays, an MRI and endless sleepless nights, the many doctors I sought out for relief recommended physical therapy pain medication and cervical traction. While these treatments provided some relief, the pain, stiffness and chronic soreness never completely went away. In addition, I experienced two setbacks where I threw my back out at work and found myself back at ground zero in terms of healing and pain management. I became desperate that I would have to live out the rest of my life in chronic pain and dependent on pain medication! After 16 months of frustration and being told that the next steps were shots and surgery, I decided to try spinal decompression with Dr. Donath and the rest is history! After several treatments I became pain free and was able to wean myself off of the muscle relaxants and pain medications for the first time in over a year and a half! I feel as if I have my life back and will be eternally grateful to Dr. Donath, his staff and this new technology for what has been, in my opinion, a miracle!! I recommend this painless, relaxing treatment to anyone who suffers with neck or back pain!! :)
Melissa D. Somers, NY
Towards the end of August 2010, I was involved in a freak accident. I fell out of a golf cart and was left with a large bruise on my leg and various cuts and scratches. As it turned out, these injuries were the least of my problems. In the coming weeks, I woke up each morning with severe pain running down the outside of my left leg. The pain was constant and ultimately made its way down to my calf and then my ankle. I was willing to try anything to make it stop. After a friend recommended that I try acupuncture, I read some online reviews and then headed to Manhattan to give it a try. I found that acupuncture gave only fleeting relief, and it did not even temporarily address the piercing sensation I felt each morning. After trying several other options (including cupping, pain medications and even infomercial items), I googled all sorts of remedies. Finally, I typed in "Non Surgical Back Care for Sciatica, Westchester," and this led me to Dr. Donath. Little did I know that Google was about to help me put my life back together. I first visited Dr. Donath at the end of September. He ordered an MRI, which revealed that I had 2 herniated discs and 1 bulging disc. Dr. Donath told me that I was a good candidate for his spinal decompression machine. He encouraged me by saying that he expected that this treatment, coupled with an exercise routine that he put together for me, would have me completely healthy and back exercising and playing sports within a few months. I began the treatment that day and it turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. My sciatica began to disappear within a week and, finally, I was able to get in and out of my car without a burning pain. Just prior to Thanksgiving, I was back at the gym (doing exercises recommended by Dr. Donath) and by Christmas, I was pain free. My biggest accomplishment occurred on February 1, 2011. As a member of the Multiple Myeloma Team, I ran up the stairs to the top of the Empire State Building. In sum, four months after meeting Dr. Donath, I ran up 86 flights of stairs. The following month, I attended a 3 day golf clinic that involved taking roughly 1000 swings and still, I am pain-free. Not only did Dr. Donath fix me in a relatively short time frame, he is a great guy and has a wonderful staff. I am indebted to him and highly recommend him and his caring staff. They saved my back and my sanity.
George T. Mount Vernon, NY
I have 4 herniated discs in my cervical spine and for the past 5-6 yrs have been experiencing various manifestations of this........from severe arm pain to numbness and tingling and decreased motor coordination. For at least one year I saw an ad for spinal decompression by a chiropractor in White Plains and one day I decided to call and make an appointment for information and an evaluation. After 2 treatments with Dr. Donath I felt significant relief in my neck and shoulders; I could actually turn my head without thinking about it! After my prescribed treatment course I am feeling better than I ever thought possible. I am so thankful for this technology and the new me after this treatment.
Janet B. RN Brewster, NY
For many years I have had lower back pain. Five years ago an MRI revealed spinal stenosis, a bulging disc and degenerative disc disease. I have done chiropractic, physiotherapy and acupuncture, all of which helped in varying degrees but the pain persisted to the point where I couldn’t stand for any length of time without feeling intense pain. I was referred to a neurosurgeon but after the consultation decided that neither surgery nor epidural injections would be an option. Research on the internet led me to Dr. Jonathan Donath and non-surgical spinal decompression. I met with Dr. Donath for what was an informative and extensive evaluation and decided on the therapy. After a few weeks of treatment, I have been pain free. What stands out in my mind is the warmth of the reception from Dr. Donath and his entire staff; their care and concern was exceptional. The treatment was pain free and relaxing. My experience was a good one and I now recommend Dr. Donath unreservedly to anyone I know with chronic back pain.
Carlysle M. Ossining, NY
Dr. Donath accommodated me for an emergency visit. I suffer from TMJ (jaw dislocation) and I was in pain. Dr. Donath was calming, simultaneously personal and professional, experienced and knowledgeable. After examining me, he explained, in a way I could easily understand, the mechanics of the jaw and what had happened. With an experienced and gentle touch, Dr. Donath realigned the joint. When I awoke the next morning, my husband asked how my jaw felt. "Jaw?" I looked puzzled. Thanks to Dr. Donath, I felt as if the misalignment had never happened. I was as good as new
Beverly S. Mount Vernon, NY
Several months ago, while playing basketball, I landed awkwardly and twisted my ankle, hearing and feeling a pop. For the next week, despite icing, I could not walk on the ankle, and it didn't seem to be improving quickly enough. I came in to see Dr. Donath, who said he could help my ankle heal better and faster. In addition to correcting my icing procedure, Dr. Donath stretched the muscles so that they can heal properly. He also used laser therapy to stimulate faster healing. Within two treatments my ankle was vastly improved, and within two weeks I was back to playing basketball. Thanks, Dr. Donath!
Shlomo R. White Plains, NY
I have suffered from pain in my lumbar area for many years. The pain had increased to an unbearable level. After an MRI, I discovered I had degenerative and herniated discs. I proceeded to have very painful spinal injections, which only temporarily relieved the symptoms. I had been reading about the spinal decompression technique and decided to give it a try. Since April of this year I have been receiving the spinal decompression treatments from Dr. Donath. For the first time in over 30 years I do not suffer everyday of my life with back pain. The treatments are painless and relaxing. I recommend Spinal Decompression with Dr. Donath to anyone who has suffered from chronic back pain.
Karen C. Rye, NY
I am a 36 year old male who has had on and off back problems for at least 15 years. Until recently the pain was manageable. Then towards the end of 2007 I had severe pain in my back.The pain was so intense that I had to be rushed to the hospital. I was told I had a herniated disk in my back that caused the pain. My back did get better but in three months the pain was back and even the treatments I did that used to get my back better did not work. I was told I needed an operation. I heard about spinal decompression and looked it up. I found Dr. Donath's number and scheduled and appointment. During my visit, Dr. Donath explained my condition in great detail and instructed me on how his treatment would get me healthy. I noticed improvement after each treatment and about 2/3 into treatment I was virtually pain free. Now that I am done with the treatments I am back to normal. I would strongly suggest to anyone that has neck or back pain to look into seeing Dr. Donath. Especially those people who are told to have an operation. Dr. Donath's decompression treatment along with exercise schedule made me better and I believe he can do the same for you as well.
Chris T. Tappan, NY
For about a year with back pain, I had tried everything my general doctor and back doctor would recommend, stretching and strengthening exercises, steroids pills, injections, support belt, etc., but nothing worked. The pain was still there. I had stopped exercising, started gaining weight and I was almost losing hope. I then decided to try Dr. Donath's spinal decompression, even though I was suspicious of procedures generalists ignored. Dr. Donath was an amazing motivating force behind the stretching, strengthening exercises and support belt which he redirected, but added the all important spinal decompression. I very quickly saw results, and for the first time knew I was on the right path. Dr. Donath’s care for my problems, level of attention and patience following through on my progress was amazing. Within 3 short months, my pain had totally disappeared. I highly recommend him.
Philippe I. Scarsdale, NY
I give thanks to the Almighty God for answering my prayers. It is he who made my cousin in NY find the article explaining about the Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Treatment and paved the way for me to come from Jamaica to spend the past 3 months in NY to be treated by Dr. Donath and his caring team. Five years ago (February 2007), I experienced a fall from a chair which resulted in terrible lower back pains. I tried to get healing in the following ways: Three sets of x-rays done to identify the injury, visits to the orthopedic surgeon, visits to the pain specialist, sessions on the special bed to align my back, twenty (20) sessions of physiotherapy in 2011, ingesting dozens of prescribed and over the counter pain tablets (various types), use of various pain ointments, & use of heating pads. At best, I got some temporary relief. In October 2011, the condition began to deteriorate. In January 2012, I had to employ the use of a cane while having difficulty to climb stairs, kneel and get up from kneeling. In February to March 2012, the pains became worse as the pain tablets, ointments and heating pads were of little effect. I experienced sleepless nights, excruciating pains that literally made me wail in agony, and extreme difficulty in moving between the bedroom and the bathroom. My whole life was now altered. I was not willing to get the surgery done on my back. My family members prayed to God Almighty to provide deliverance to help me in my distress. It was during this time that my cousin read an article on the spinal decompression treatment and told me about Dr. Donath. The MRI he sent me for showed that I was severely injured with herniated discs in my lumbar region. He and his team of Dr. Kavita, April, and Midori displayed such care, concern, patience and love. From the very beginning I was addressed by my first name and didn’t feel like a number like I had gotten used to feeling at other doctors offices. A warm smile and greeting welcomed me each visit to the clinic. Dr. Donath is a gift from God with a passion to care for others. He treats you as an individual. He knows exactly where to locate stubborn pains and how to deal with them with his powerful pair of hands and amazing machines. His positive attitude strengthens your faith to get well. The pains in my back are now gone and those in my right leg have minimized to a scale of 2 out of 10 and getting better. I have again started to sleep and dream. I can again kneel to pray and my singing, smiles and laughter are back. I am happy. May God continue to bless Dr. Donath and his lovely team of caregivers. I love you all.
Barbara E. M. Jamaica W.I.
In October of 2011, the mild lower back pain I had experienced for some time with every change in the weather became severe and debilitating. I could no longer stand up straight without severe pain. I could not sleep because every turn in bed caused enough pain to wake me up. Dr Donath had me undergo an MRI. The diagnosis: two bulging disks and one herniated disk with some spinal stenosis. He immediately set up a treatment plan, prescribing spinal decompression 3 times per week, decreasing to twice a week then to once a week. Over 3 months I felt increasing relief and recovered my ability to sleep without interruption and for the first time in over 25 years, I was pain-free. Dr. Donath gave me a series of exercises to strengthen the muscles supporting my lower back and core to ensure that I was more resistant to injury and remain pain free. It's difficult to describe how grateful I am for Dr. Donath's detailed treatment and rehabilitation regimen and for his careful monitoring of every stage of my treatment. He has returned me to an active life. I can lift my grandchildren and play with them without fear of pain. Kudos also to his staff, April and Dr R. who handled some of the "nuts and bolts of my treatment and to Midori, his receptionist who always found a way to fit me into the schedule. What an amazing group. Thank you all!
Norman C. West Orange, NJ