Back and Neck Pain Testimonials
Notice: This web site contains numerous back and neck pain testimonials from patients. Testimonials provide the perspective of patients who had success and/or are enthusiastic about their experience. All testimonials are authentic and accurate. Testimonials may be edited for clarity or brevity. No one has been paid to share his or her stories here. Individual results will vary.
I really don’t have words to express my feelings about the care I got in the last 3 months. I was almost handicapped, living with terrible pain all the time, crippling my day to day life. I am a medical doctor and work in a hospital with all sorts of amazing physicians, but after seeing a physical therapist, getting epidural steroids injections, many orthopedists and neurosurgeons, finally my destination lead me to see Dr Jonathan Donath. With great skepticism, I lied down for spinal decompression therapy. It was unbelievable that after only two initial sessions, my radiating pain down my leg had almost disappeared. Gradually, I started getting better, started doing exercises that they gave me midway through the treatment. Now, I am doing all my daily activities without any pain.
I highly recommend Dr Jonathan and his colleague Dr Kavita for any problems related to the musculoskeletal system, you will definitely feel at home and will get better.
Dr. Pankaj Jain MD New York, NY
I had been experiencing lower back pain for at least 6-7 months before I had visited Dr. Donath’s office. Prior to this, I had tried doing stretches at home, taking some medications and getting acupuncture, but despite this, things did not improve. In fact, symptoms only progressed and became unbearable. It was so difficult to get out of bed in the morning, work my 12 hour shifts as a physician in Urgent Care and do my daily work outs, which I enjoyed so much. My colleague at work, who is also a physician and patient of Dr. Donath, recommended I see him and I was so glad I did.
On my first visit, he patiently listened to my story and examined me carefully. He took his time to discuss possible diagnoses, sent me for an MRI that day, and saw me the next day to discuss results, and potential treatment plan. I listened to his advice and began spinal decompression, which was the best decision I have ever made. After a few visits, my pain started to subside and shortly I became pain-free. I currently still am in treatment doing exercises as per Dr. Donath’s advice, but I am so much better thanks to his care.
Dr. Donath and his staff are knowledgeable and very professional. I am so grateful to them for getting me back to my normal life. I highly recommend him to anyone who is having back pain.
Dr. Dawn Garcen MD Family Medicine/Urgent Care White Plains, NY
I am a 58 year old anesthesiologist who has suffered from lower back pain for over 20 years. I have tried many therapies in the past including massage, acupuncture, physical therapy, and most recently two epidural steroid injections. An MRI revealed severely degenerative L5-S1 disc disease and I was recommended to undergo spinal fusion surgery by three neurosurgeons.
I have always been active and exercise regularly, however despite my efforts my pain continued to progress.My pain had advanced to the point of making it difficult to sleep through the night and in the morning it was a strain to bend over to tie my shoes. Getting through a day at work was becoming increasingly difficult. In desperation and with a great degree of skepticism I decided to look into spinal decompression therapy and made an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Jonathan Donath.
I was extremely impressed with his professionalism, thoroughness, and confidence that he would be able to help me with my back problems. I immediately began his intensive program including decompression, nutrition, and slowly incorporated an exercise program. Through these treatments I gradually noticed a significant decrease in my pain and improving range of motion in my back. I presently sleep through the night pain free, am comfortable at work, and have resumed playing golf without problems. At the present time I have a low level of discomfort and stiffness in my back, but I am more confident than ever that I will eventually be pain free. All of this was done without missing a day of work or undergoing a major surgical procedure.
Dr. Donath has not only made a major improvement in my back pain, but he has become a true friend and colleague. It is my privilege to write this testimonial to his care, and I would strongly urge others suffering from back pain to see Dr. Donath.
Dr. Gary Kalan MD, Head of Anesthesia at Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, CT
As a board-certified internist who has been in practice for over 13 years, I spend much of my time attempting to alleviate the pain and suffering of my patients. As a clinician, one of the biggest challenges I face is helping my patients deal with musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain syndromes-those all-too-common, yet frequently debilitating ailments caused by bad backs, pinched nerves, arthritis, and the like. Unfortunately, much of what I have to offer my patients boils down to the following: take a pain pill, stretch if you can, wait, and hope for the best. After a failed trial of “conservative” therapy a call might go out to the orthopedic surgeon for assistance; a truly satisfactory result is not common. The simple fact is that physicians are not well trained to deal with musculoskeletal pain, and patients can suffer as a result.
Thankfully, my views on this topic have been turned completely upside down since I have personally discovered Dr. Jonathan Donath’s outstanding practice. After beginning a vigorous exercise regimen I started to experience awful neck and upper back pain, accompanied by numbness and tingling down my left arm and fingers. For weeks I tried to nurse the pain with non steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, but the pain persisted and got to the point that I was almost unable to work, sleep, or most importantly, play guitar. I was literally in tears from the excruciating pain. A neurosurgeon diagnosed a herniated disc and pinched nerve in my neck and offered to decompress it with an operation. In desperation I called Dr. Donath instead.
My visit to Dr. Donath’s office was an outstanding experience. He spent about an hour with me and combined multiple modalities to fix the herniated disc in my neck: deep massage, active release techniques, traditional manipulation, cold therapy, and finally spinal decompression. After that first hour with Dr. Donath my pain had decreased from a 10/10 down to a manageable 4/10, and I was able to comfortably move my head and neck. That very night I was able to play guitar again. Two days later I went back for another series of treatments and the pain decreased even further. After about five days the pain was absolutely gone. Unbelievable! Since then he has used the same wonderful techniques to help me overcome painful bouts of sciatica as well.
My own patients and family members have become “believers” in Dr. Donath’s abilities as well— the results he achieves are real and lasting. He is my go to guy for the majority of musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain syndromes that I now realize are truly treatable.
Dr. Robert Sidlow MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Dr. Donath is amazing. As an internist, I have to decide between traditional western medicine and chiropractic care for my patients with back pain and other joint-related complaints. Dr. Donath’s thorough and comprehensive approach to care allows my patients to get relief faster and less invasively. The result is invariably positive. One of my patients said he got his life and golf game back after seeing Dr. Donath. Another said that he was able to get rid of a pain she had for over 5 years in just a few sessions. I can confirm his success first-hand: Dr. Donath relieved my chronic pain with multiple techniques: manipulation, spinal decompression, vitamins and supplements, exercise and stretching. His hands-on approach and love of his work is reflected by the excellent results he gets. I continue to send my friends, family and patients to Dr. Donath because I know he gets results.
Dr. Annebeth Litt MD White Plains, NY
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.
Dr. Eugene Dinkevich MD, Mount Vernon, NY
After dealing with aching, burning neck and back pain related to daily use of computers, tablets, etc., my colleague, also an Urgent Care physician, suggested I see Dr. Donath. It was the best advice I could have taken. After a thorough medical history and physical exam, Dr. Donath, arrived at a diagnosis, explained how it occurred and how it causes pain, and then explained a course of treatment and why it would relieve pain. All the while, Dr. Donath was talking with me so that we could get to know each other; he also offered simple advice to contribute to pain relief.
To my delight, but not surprise, after 8 visits over 3 weeks, my pain had resolved. I’m using the advice Dr. Donath gave me at my first consultation and every visit thereafter to help prevent the pain from returning. Furthermore, I offer the same advice to my patients and refer them to Dr. Donath, when they report symptoms similar to mine.
Dr. Sean Misciagna MD, Family Medicine/Urgent Care White Plains, NY
I am so grateful to Dr. Donath and his staff for the wonderful care I received this past few months. I experienced a recurrence of a herniated disc in my back and could hardly walk or move. The thought of how much physical therapy I went through before I felt better the last time, and how quickly the pain recurred, made me very pessimistic. A friend had recommended spinal decompression therapy with Dr. Donath and originally I was quite skeptical. But, I thought it was worth a try. I did the treatments for a few months and my pain improved so much that I even have times I forget that I ever had pain! I am now able to exercise again as well as to do everything that I want to do. I also liked the warm atmosphere in the office. I would highly recommend Dr. Donath and this treatment.
Dr. Amy Silverman MD Millwood, NY
I would like to thank Dr.Donath for his advice and the treatment I received for back pain. I am currently in my 5th month of pregnancy and am doing pretty well. I had sciatica of my right leg and suffered unbearable pain with numbness restricting my daily activities. I must say although I had pain while I was undergoing the treatment, the relief I received afterward was worth it all. I did not have to taken any pain medications and with 3 treatments, I was doing incredibly well. I have never received any prior chiropractic treatment and hence was quite apprehensive of the same at first but am very glad that I came to the right place and thankfully am now pain free!!!
Thank you Dr.Donath. My husband and I truly appreciate your help!!
Dr. Sumith Roy MD Valley Cottage, NY
In my 8 years as a general surgeon in Africa, I have been thanked by many patients. I never really understood how valuable getting someone out of pain was until I became a patient myself. I had been experiencing terrible back pain and nothing helped. After treatment from Dr. Donath, I couldn’t believe how much better I felt. Above all, I was so impressed by the way that Dr. Donath took care of me and walked me through everything he was doing. I learned more from him in one hour than I had in a month of certain classes in medical school. Thank you Dr. Donath. I will definitely see you again.
Dr. Mamadou Souare MD New York, NY
As a board certified family physician, I am very open to the idea of “complementary” medical therapies which may be beneficial to my patients, as an adjunct or alternative to traditional medicine. The challenge, I find, is developing relationships with providers in the area that I feel comfortable referring patients to when I am confident they might benefit from this care. Luckily, my own search for chiropractic care led me to Dr. Jonathan Donath. Not only has he been able to help me with a variety of issues, from migraine headaches to pregnancy related back pain to exercise related ailments, but he has proven to be a valuable resource to me as an urgent care physician.
Doctors usually make the worst patients, and I am no exception. I usually call on Dr. Donath in some moment of desperation, when some ailment or injury is preventing me from keeping up with my busy life. In “short order” (usually one or two visits, because I rarely have more time than that!) he is able to get me some relief and break the cycle of discomfort, as well as provide me with tips or exercises to remedy the root of the problem. Some of the patients I refer to Dr. Donath are in need of this kind of specific targeted treatment for a painful condition–I know that based on my own experience, Dr. Donath will be able to give them some relief in one or two treatments which might ameliorate their need for other medications, as well as provide them with exercises and modification of activities to prevent the pain in the future. The other category of patient he has been able help are those who have a more chronic condition–those who have “tried everything” that conventional medicine can offer them, and still have pain or disability. I am happy to be able to provide those patients an option that they might not have explored yet. Additionally, it is nice to be able to assure these patients that I have personal experience with Dr. Donath and that he has helped me–he is not just another name on a piece of paper.
Dr. Jenifer Johnson, MD Family Medicine/Urgent Care White Plains, NY
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
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.
For many months I had lower back pain, which caused excruciating pain down my entire right leg. An MRI showed that I had a herniated disc on my lumbar L4-L5. In order to alleviate the pain, I went to a spine specialist, did acupuncture and tried PT. None of these treatments worked. Dr. Donath was highly recommended and after several spinal decompression treatments, I finally felt some relief. I am now symptom free and am able to go back to my normal routine of working, exercise and stretching. Plus the entire staff are so supportive and go out of their way to be helpful. I am thankful to each and every one of them. In addition I have already made referrals to Dr. Donath for spinal decompression therapy.
Dr. Alyce S. Scarsdale, 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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 had a herniated disc (C5/C6) in my neck since 2008. I tried several treatments like physical therapy and Advil, but none of them really helped much. I relied on bed rest, which did help relieve the pain somewhat, but there was a constant nagging pain. And there was always discomfort at night while I lie in bed. The symptoms would worsen when I lifted heavy objects or fell asleep in a bad position. The situation got worse in 2012 after I re-injured my neck. As the pain became worse, I tried acupuncture and traction therapy but they did not help much either. However, while I was reading about traction therapy and other alternative treatments, I ran into an interesting website about spinal decompression therapy offered by Dr. Donath. I am glad I tried this therapy, because after 3 months of extensive treatment, my neck pain is pretty much gone. Currently, I can sleep without neck pain and engage in moderate physical activities without worrying about my neck. This treatment does work!
Jay C. Hartsdale, 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
I met Dr. Donath a couple of years ago when my adolescent son hurt his back due to a skateboard injury. Gregory’s treatment was so successful that this past December, 2009 when I was in extreme pain in my lower back and couldn’t stand, sit or lie down, I decided to call Dr. Donath. Over the past three years since I hurt my back during a move with my company, I have had numerous shots and taken tons of pain medication. Nothing helped. I was immediately given an appointment. I explained my issue and he immediately knew what the problem was. He was so gentle, caring and informative. He explained what was wrong with my back and what my course of action was going to be.
From that appointment I began Spinal Decompression Therapy. He provided supplements and outlined what I should do. That night I went home did everything he instructed me to do. I was so surprised when he called that evening to see how I was feeling (who does that??) With each treatment, I began to feel better and better. Dr. Donath has taught me how to properly care for my back with the proper daily exercises. From the moment I walked into his office I felt at ease with his care and that of his wonderful staff.
I am very grateful that I found Dr. Donath and would recommend him to my family and friends.
Marianne C. Mamaroneck, 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 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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
I was walking my dog and she chased after a squirrel and yanked so hard on the leash that my neck jerked. It steadily grew more stiff and painful, so I went to urgent care. The nurse mis-diagnosed me with “Muscle spasms” and gave me pills. They made me feel drugged and lethargic and the stiffness and pain still got worse. Fortunately, I made her refer me to a chiropractor, just to be sure, and she gave me Dr. Donath’s number, (but only because a Doctor at Westchester Medical was seeing him and recommended him to her.)
Very quickly I could tell Dr. Donath knew his stuff. The pain by now was a 9/10 on the pain scale, but the first hands on treatment he gave me reduced it immediately and gave me some movement back. Within a few days, I had an MRI and was starting daily decompression therapy, (which I love) to treat the herniated disc. Recovery was extremely quick and enjoyable. They play your choice of music and let you relax. After the first week the pain went down to 6/10, by the second 4/10 and by the third 2/10. I was pain free and had full movement after a month. All the staff are so warm, relaxed and friendly, in person and on the phone, and everyone has a good sense of humor. I enjoy going there and feel nurtured and cared for in every way. I am so blessed to have been treated by such professional and kind people. Thank you Donath team.
Nina D. White Plains, NY
In 2007, I was given orthopedic insoles for my shoes, because my podiatrist told me that I had flat feet. But even with the pain, I could barely finish my 500 meter run in gym class, always out of breath, with a throbbing, aching pain all down my legs and in my feet. It persisted for two years, until my doctor recommended going to see Dr. Donath. I have a fear of needles and pain that makes it almost impossible for me to be comfortable in anything related to doctors and medicine. Dr. Donath instantly made me feel more comfortable and explained everything to me, which made it easier to understand. I was going in twice a week, and in two weeks I was already feeling a lot better. The first time I had gym in three months, I didn’t even notice that I was no longer in pain while running around. The best part is that I actually looked forward to seeing Dr. Donath because I felt completely at ease, and he is one of the nicest doctors I’ve ever met. Thank you so much!
Vicky F. White Plains, NY
I started having horrific pain in my butt for several days. The pain reached an unbearable level when it started to travel down to my shin. The pain got so bad that I truly wanted to die. I would wake up in the middle of the night in agony. I couldn’t stand on my feet for any length of time because of the pain. My wife had to feed me my meals upstairs. I never came down. If I did, I would sit on a chair and moan in pain.
My wife remembered that Dr. Donath had once helped me before for some jaw pain. She went on his website and read that he uses Non-surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy for back problems. So off we went to see Dr. Donath, me in pain so bad that I was limping. He examined me and sent me for an MRI. It turned out that I had a bulging disc and a severe herniated disc in my low back. My first question was, “Can you help me?” He said, “Yes I can”. I was so relieved to hear him say that. He explained how the machine works to retract the disc back into place and he put me on the machine that very day for my first treatment. The next day my pain was literally all gone. He told me the pain would probably return and while I have had a twinge here and there it never returned like before. Now, several weeks later, my wife has to remind me to take it easy because I’m pain free.
Let me tell you that Dr. Donath is a miracle worker. Without him and his machine, I would still be in agony and only getting worst with no relief in sight. Dr. Donath even called my home on the first night to make sure that I was okay after the first treatment. He treats his patients on a first name basis and is very concerned about your welfare. Dr Donath and his staff are the best. His associate Dr. Rambarat even remembers which music I prefer listening to. She is so comforting and knowledgeable and pleasant to speak to. His receptionist is also very efficient. She greets you with a cheerful smile and is always ready to take my ice pack to place it in the freezer while I’m getting treatment.
If you have back pain I would recommend that you see Dr. Donath before you consider seeing a back surgeon. You will not be sorry. He will help you get better without surgery. I know this because he helped me. You will be thanking Dr. Donath as I am.
Robert D. Pelham Manor, NY
I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Donath’s office to anyone who is having pain. Dr. Donath and his staff have been so kind and helpful to me throughout my treatment for a bulging disc in my neck. I have no pain anymore and I no longer fear that every slight move I make is going to throw my neck out again. Whenever I needed to make an appointment outside of my regular schedule, they always got me in quickly. I am so glad I chose to go there. It was the right route to take in order to function pain-free again and I felt supported in every way throughout the process.
April G. Greenwich, CT
After decades of chronic back and neck pain I had learned to live with the pain. After trying various interventions including chiropractic, traction, rehabilitation, meditation, and even accupuncture which did not work, I gave up. I heard about Dr. Donath from an acquaintance who is a physician. He suffered from severe back pain for years. He said that he was cured by Dr. Donath. I skeptically contacted Dr. Donath. Even though I was immediately impressed by his warm smile and obvious competence, I remained skeptical about his ability to help me. The doubts were erased after just a few sessions. The pain “miraculously” disappeared. With maintenance and the excellent exercise regimen I hope to remain pain free. Thank you Dr. Donath for all you did for me and for others. You are a truly compassionate healer.
Rabbi Reuven F. New Rochelle, NY
I am a 28-year-old professional pianist. I started playing piano when I was 4 years old and I play about 10 hours a day. Since I was in junior high school, my shoulder has been hurting when I play. Two years ago, the pain migrated to my neck as well. The pain got so severe that at times, I couldn’t even lift my arms or drive a car. Therefore, I looked for a good chiropractor online, Dr. Donath.
After the first treatment with Dr. Donath, I went to practice. I was amazed because my shoulder did not hurt. Even though I had had the pain in my shoulder for the last 13 years, with only the first session my pain was almost completely gone. Dr. Donath has taken care of me for two months, two or three times a week. You cannot imagine how happy I am. I could not even keep playing the piano. Even if I wanted to practice, my shoulder was always bothering me. Dr. Donath is an amazing chiropractor. He is very sincere, nice, and always helping his patients with his best.
Sehee C. Manhattan, NY
I am 52-years old and have suffered upper-back and neck pain since I was in high school. I have tried chiropractors of various disciplines, and physical therapy, but these provided temporary relief at best. I was told I needed surgery for herniated discs several years ago, but I felt that since I had lived with the pain for so long already, the risks out-weighed any potential gains. Mostly, I had just learned to live with the pain. I went to see Dr. Donath when the pain began to increase in both intensity and frequency. I was losing my ability to concentrate at work and it was interfering with sleep. I noticed improvement in my range of motion after the first session and a renewed sense of energy at work. Improvement was pretty steady every week. After about 7 weeks, I no longer feel pain upon waking every morning. Seriously, I feel as if I’m at least 10-years younger.
Mike A. Scarsdale, NY
I have had a “problematic” back for several years and have had many treatments for it:chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, myotherapy, etc. When I began seeing Dr. Donath a few months ago when my back went out AGAIN, I was shocked to find that after just a few sessions and the application of some important exercises I was pain free for the first time in many, many years! As a psychotherapist I sit long hours which used to be deadly for me…..guaranteed discomfort with no way of feeling much better. Now, sitting in a car as well as my “therapy chair” are no problem. I am very grateful to Dr. Donath for his training, which has helped me to live so much more comfortably.
Douglass R. LCSW, Hartsdale, NY
As a result of working for 26 years as UPS employee and part time as a TV and movie stuntman, I was left with numerous physical ailments. In January of this year, I went to see a chiropractor in White Plains who diagnosed me as having degenerative cervical disc disease with a compromised lordotic curve and bone spurs. At this time, the Dr. told me that on a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being the worst) my current condition was a 10. After two treatments with this doctor I realized that I had made a big mistake and stopped seeing him.
In July, I was surfing the web and came upon Dr. Donath’s web site. After reading the many different treatments he offered, I decided to make an appointment to see him. At my first appointment, I brought with me my two MRIs (one of my left shoulder and one of my neck). Dr. Donath took his time and went over the MRI with me line by line explaining what the MRI had shown. After his examination, he diagnosed my symptoms as muscular in nature even though I also have some serious cervical issues. Now along with the symptoms of pain and lack of flexibility in my neck, I was also experiencing dizziness upon standing after lying down and some other balance issues.
After five visits, the dizziness and balance difficulties had been resolved and I’m experiencing better flexibility than I’ve had in many years. I consider myself fortunate to have met Dr. Donath. He has helped to make things possible for me that I thought weren’t possible before. I have been seeing Dr. Donath for several months and have found the treatments to be exceptionally helpful.
John M. Harrison, NY
I had months of traditional physical therapy followed by injections by an orthopedist. Both did not help my elbow. I was recommended to see Dr. Donath by my tennis pro and I am 100% better and able to play tennis after about 4 weeks of treatments. His professional manner is unmatched and I have him treat all my back and neck aches and pains now. I highly recommend him for any type of injury.
Beth B. Scarsdale, NY
I have had back and neck pain for more than 5 years and always ignored it or medicated it but never dealt with the underlying problem. The culmination of ignorance led me to a tension headache that lasted for about 5 days that radiated from my upper back to my neck and up into the back of my head. A medical doctor I saw suggested I see Dr. Donath for relief. Within the first few treatments I could actually feel a difference. The headache disappeared, my neck and shoulders began to relax and I achieved flexibility in my back and shoulders that I hadn’t experienced in years. Dr. Donath gave me exercises to help strengthen supporting muscles in order to keep the progress on course. After just a few weeks of 2 to 3 treatments per week, I feel like we have a real handle on the problem. I am now on an “as needed” basis for treatments. I am very pleased with the progress I’ve made and am grateful for the relief Dr. Donath has provided.
Jodi L. Rye, NY
Being a 25 year old mixed martial arts fighter I am always putting my body at risk for serious injuries. One day while sparring with a partner I took an unexpected fall on top of my head. I immediately felt pain and numbness racing down my shoulder and into my right arm and thumb.I continued to train in constant pain for 6 months. During that time I racked up more shoulder and neck injuries until I could barely turn my head. The constant pain and numbness were unbearable.
I searched the web for a solution in my area and discovered Dr. Donath. Dr. Donath seemed like a very knowledgeable doctor so I agreed to get the MRI and find out what was really wrong with me. The MRI showed that I had severely ruptured a cervical disc at C5-C6 and it was having a mass effect on a nerve. I also had trapped nerves in my chest and shoulder that were adding to the pain.
Dr. Donath treated me with spinal decompression as well as active release therapy. In the beginning I didn’t notice much of a difference and then a few weeks into treatment I woke up without pain. I was easily able to turn my head again and the numbness was completely gone.
I really believe that if I had just had spinal decompression without active release therapy I wouldn’t have had half the results. Dr. Donath’s hands on techniques work. He knew exactly which techniques were going to work. He is an amazing doctor and can help with all of your neck and shoulder problems. I am certain if it weren’t for him, I would have needed surgery.
Michael D. White Plains, NY
In July 2011, while exercising, I injured my lower back. I have suffered from lower back pain for a few years, but always recuperated after a few days. This pain that I was feeling was different. I was in excruciating pain all day long. I was taking muscle relaxants and strong pain medication. The medication worked for a short period of time but made me so drowsy that I could not perform simple daily activities. One day, I was lying down because of severe pain, at some point I tried to move positions and was not able to do so. I felt paralyzed, scared and started to panic. I thought I was never going to be able to get out of bed or go back to work.
My friend had seen Dr. Donath’s ad and recommended that I go and see him. I gave her all the excuses to not go, I became desperate and decided to make an appointment. When I arrived to his office, I was in no mood to smile at anyone who smiled at me. I thought no one could know what I was going through.Dr. Donath showed concern and started asking me questions about my condition. He knew at that point what was wrong with my back, but he needed me to have an MRI to confirm his diagnosis.I was so surprised at the way Dr. Donath explained in such detail how the spine worked and the reason behind herniated discsAfter he received the results of the MRI, he again discussed in detail a plan of action. I value the time and concern that Dr. Donath put in to giving me hope that I was going to feel better soon. He explained how the spinal decompression therapy worked, how many sessions it would take and the financial plans available.
The first time that I went for therapy, I was scared, and he assured me that I was not going to feel any pain. He was correct I didn’t feel any pain.During the next few sessions, I started feeling better. I had days pain free and also set backs because as soon as I started feeling better, I felt too comfortable with my back and started doing activities that my back was not ready for. Dr. Donath assured me that if I slowed down I was going to feel better in a few days, and I did. I am now completely pain free!
I appreciate all the care and personal attention that the staff and the doctors have shown me during the difficult process of recovery. I highly recommend Dr. Donath and his practice.
Blanca P. White Plains, NY
As an accountant you can imagine how I felt when on a Thursday during tax season, I went to stand up from my desk and could not move due to terrible back pain. I was fine until that point. I pushed through that day with ice, heat, advil, and stretching, but the pain only got worse. On Friday I started calling friends and looking on-line for recommendations for Chiropractors. I called a few, but the ones who called back could not see me until the following week. I made an appointment to see Dr. Donath on Tuesday, and then on Sunday I received a phone call from Dr. Donath who was calling me from the airport in Las Vegas. He had received a message from his staff about the pain I was in and wanted to know the symptoms. I told him and he first apologized that he could not see me until Tuesday, but told me what I could do to help alleviate the pain until then. I knew at that time that even if someone else could have seen me sooner, I was going to Dr. Donath. How many doctors would have made that phone call?
After 2 visits with Dr. Donath, I was functional, and after 5 visits I was pain free. Thank you Dr. Donath for saving my Tax Season!!
Mark S. New Rochelle, NY
Before my encounter with Dr. Donath, I had been living in pain for over 7 years. My problem was a herniated disk in my neck. In addition to sometimes unbearable neck pain, I experienced headaches, dizziness and a limited range of motion in my right arm and hand. I make my living as a makeup artist and not having a full range of motion had a negative impact on my ability to do my job. Some days it was nearly impossible to hold a pen and write my name. I had gone to an osteopath, an acupuncturist and two different chiropractors. After many years of treatment (and many, many thousands of dollars) my range of motion was only slightly better. Any improvement made in the level of pain I experienced was minimal and temporary at best.
Several years ago while on vacation, my husband and I were introduced to spinal decompression through an advertisement we saw on a local television station. My husband has suffered with lower back pain for most of his adult life and was intrigued by the procedure we saw being demonstrated. When we got home, he immediately started searching for a doctor in our area. After researching local specialists, we decided to call Dr. Donath based on the many incredible testimonials we saw. For me, a combination of spinal decompression, manual adjustments and ART has been a game changer. I have regained my quality of life and have a more positive outlook on just about everything! I maintain my progress with monthly visits and Dr. Donath and his staff are always a pleasure to deal with.
Susan G. Riverdale, NY
I was suffering from increasing back pain that was more and more preventing me from standing straight. I contacted my orthopedist who probably saw me as a surgery candidate (which I wanted to avoid). Luckily, he was not immediately available. My internist recommended that I visit Dr. Donath. Dr. Donath returned my call the same day and invited me in for a consult the next day. After reviewing my MRI, Dr. Donath prescribed a regimen of spinal decompression, exercise, and nutritional supplements. I am a passionate recreational golfer and I have played competitively for three years. Dr. Donath predicted that I would be swinging a golf club in eight weeks and be on my way to a full recovery in twelve weeks. I nearly cried because the prospect seemed so dim. I am now at the twelve week mark and Dr. Donath’s predictions for recovery were not overstated. I began with three to four treatments per week. After three weeks I was standing straight with relatively little pain and stiffness. At that time I began my exercises. After six weeks, I began playing golf again and moved to twice per week treatments. At ten weeks I moved to once per week and I am now moving to once every other week. While I still have some lingering pain, it continues to get less as time goes by. I practice my golf nearly every day and I have little discomfort. I am extremely pleased with the results of the treatment and I believe it would not have been possible without Dr. Donath and the prescribed regimen.
Jonathan M. Pelham, NY
“As a federal law enforcement agent my job is dependent upon my physical well-being. In August I injured my lower back (two herniated disks) after an overly aggressive workout routine. I am 35 years old and fight hard to convince my body that I am still 22. My body won. After a reasonable number of visits to Dr. Donath and no shots or surgery, I am pain-free and have returned to a full range of motion.
Dr. Donath not only relieved my pain but more importantly provided me with the lifetime knowledge necessary to properly care for my back. Thanks to his direction, I am able to still maintain a physical fitness routine that is appropriately challenging but not damaging to my back. Dr. Donath has a vast amount of medical knowledge and an impressive ability to share it in an incredibly empowering manner.”
Sam B. Harrison, NY
I was diagnosed with a bulging disc and was referred to a I physical therapist. The physical therapy helped but I knew it should/could be better. That is when after some research I contacted Dr. Donath. I’m not very comfortable in medical situations but I found Dr. Donath very reassuring and very comforting. He is a delight to work with. After few visits the heat sensations and tingling I would get in my leg began to abate. Gradually Dr. Donath gave me exercises and I’ve continued to improve. I’m truly impressed at how far I’ve come!
Sara S.White Plains, NY
I have been suffering from shoulder and neck pain for over 15 years now. It started while I was serving in the United States Marines. I was treated in Japan, Yale medical school, and most recently in New York. I have seen many doctors for this and have tried all sources of exercise programs. It used to get better for a couple of months and then the pain and discomfort would return and my life was miserable again. One day, I was looking in the internet and saw this spinal decompression method by Dr. Donath, and desired to give it a try. That has been the best thing that ever happened to me. It really works! The pain on my neck was the first thing to go, then the shoulder, and finally the pain on the back of my right arm. I played golf yesterday, and I felt great. I want to thank you doctor. I have not feel this good in a very long time.
Guarionex P. Bronx, NY
Over the years, I have gone to several chiropractors. Several years ago, Dr. Donath was referred to me, and he is the finest; his care has alleviated my periodic bouts of back pain. He is courteous, sincere, and truly competent at what he does. He is also honest–evidenced by the exercises he has proscribed which actually reduce or eliminate my return visits for a given injury. Moreover, he takes pride and satisfaction in helping, even as his focus is patient-oriented. I recommend him without reservation to back pain sufferers.
David K. New Rochelle, NY
I was a chronic back sufferer for many years. I tried everything, but nothing worked for a long period of time. The day I walked into Dr. Donath’s office the pain was so severe I could hardly sit. After my first spinal decompression treatment, I felt the difference right away. When Dr. Donath called me that night to follow up on me, I told him that I already felt much better. After six treatments the pain was totally gone. I recommend Dr. Donath for his spinal decompression treatment one hundred percent to people with severe back problems. I sent one of my co-workers with chronic back pain to see Dr. Donath and she’s also now completely better. Dr. Donath is so professional, pleasant and very nice and cheerful. Thanks to you, Dr. Donath. I feel like a new person!!!
Thelma R. Mt. Vernon, NY
I was diagnosed with a herniated disc in my lower back. I tried different treatments, but no one was able to help me. I did a lot of research about what therapies I should use and there was one about the DTS machine that really got my attention. I had my first consultation with Dr. Donath in which he was so confident that I would get my life back together. Other doctors told me that I had a life long condition and I would be very limited in what I could do. From the beginning, I was very skeptical that the DTS machine would help me. After all, how could a machine help relieve the pain and the pressure that I had in my lower back for so long. Out of desperation, I decided to try it. For the first 2 weeks I didn’t get much better, but after the 3rd week all the pressure was moving to different areas and by the end of the sessions I felt completely better.Now several months later, I feel like a new person, I’ve gone back to my normal life and doing things that I was not supposed to be able to do. From my own experience I strongly recommend people who have this condition to try Spinal Decompression Therapy. The therapy does not hurt and I felt relaxed the whole time.
Maria S. White Plains, NY
Around March of 2008, I saw a chiropractor for sciatic pain. The pain continued to worsen and I started having a dull pain in my left leg and foot. In May, I went to see my primary care doctor who, to my surprise diagnosed me with a herniated disc. He referred me to see Dr. Donath for a non-surgical treatment called Spinal Decompression Therapy. Dr. Donath explained how this treatment works using a model and was up front in giving me both an estimated length of treatment as well as the estimated cost. I was a little skeptical at first that by gently lengthening and decompressing the spine and creating negative pressure within the disc that this could fix my herniated disc. But to my surprise, I started feeling relief after a few treatments and after several more I was almost pain free and no longer dependent on my pain medication. If my schedule had allowed me more frequent visits, I am sure I could have enjoyed pain free life even quicker. I strongly encourage you to try this treatment. Don’t wait- go see Dr. Donath right away. Japanese staff is there to help you.
Tsuyoshi H. White Plains, NY
My shoulders were in such bad shape that I was having a very difficult time lifting my arms above my head, getting dressed and drying my hair was a challenge. I had one session with Dr. Donath and I couldn’t believe the immediate relief I experienced. I was truly amazed at how much better I felt. My range of motion has significantly increased and I feel confident I’m on the right path.
Kim B. Harrison, 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
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
Dr. Donath’s treatment is not confined to the office- he gives me exercises to strengthen my core, and insists that I follow a strict post- decompression regimen. Dr. Donath has encouraged me to take responsibility for my own health, and it is in this that I feel I have found a true, long-term healer. It is clear to me that he has genuine concern for me as his patient and as an individual. He answers my questions about the musculo-skeletal system, and tailors his responses to include application to MY OWN body and my specialized treatment plan. Dr. Donath takes time in addressing my concerns- His demeanor and openness have allowed me to trust him as my practitioner and to benefit from my treatment in a way that my confidence in a person’s technique and knowledge alone could not do. I see he cares in his expectation of me to take care of myself, and in the painless mornings I have been having since I began meeting with him. There is no doubt; my back pain is well managed, and I am stronger every day, and Dr. Jonathan Donath has done a lot for me, and helped me to do a lot for myself.
Sophie B. White Plains, NY
As a long time back pain sufferer (31years), I finally found a treatment that really works. I have lived with pain and discomfort for most of my life. There were times when I literally could not stand up and was bed ridden for days. Herniated disk, pinched nerves, degenerated disk, torn muscle I had them all. Nothing seemed to help solve the problem. I was convinced that the solution was surgery. Then one night I was flipping through the channels and came across an infomercial for spinal decompression. I went on their web site the next day and was linked to Dr. Jonathan Donath. He offered to have me come in and give his active release techniques and spinal decompression treatment methods a try.
Where was this treatment 30 years ago? After only five to six visits I felt like a completely different person. In the past I could not stand up or sit down for long periods of time without pain. I just came back from Disney World. I spent 7 days walking and standing on long lines with my 4 and 5 year old. I came back with virtually no pain at all. To me this is my Magical world, to be pain free. Trust me, if you are considering surgery STOP and check this out first. It is definitely worth a shot. Thank you Dr. Donath.
Charlie M. Long Island, 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
After a fall at a self defense class, I knew I had hurt my lower back. I procrastinated for 3 weeks to go to the Orthopedist and decided to go to a Chiropractor because I didn’t want to be told I needed some surgical procedure. Based on the stellar reviews on Google for Dr. J(onathan), I made the appointment. Glad I did, only 3 visits and I would say I am on the mend. I also suffer from excessive scar tissue in my shoulder from an old injury that I never tended to. Dr. Donath has started to treat that as well, I don’t know what the outcome will be, but Dr. Donath seems confident in getting my shoulder back to what it once was. His knowledge and training are only a part of why I like going back (no pun intended) to him. At my age (40) I have seen and gone to my share of physicians. For me personally I have a hard time connecting with any of them. You pay for your service, and you leave and the Dr you just saw, has completely forgotten your existence until his automated calendar on his computer sees that its time for a check up. After my first visit, I got a call later in the evening to see how I was feeling, was I in pain etc… For the first time in my life a Dr called to check in on me, not a service, or a office assistant ( who are great too), but Dr. Donath himself. And that goes for his demeanor as well. Soft spoken, calm, I mean he is the guy you want to invite to your next BBQ, just because his vibe is on the money. I seriously can go on, but let’s just leave it at this, if you were going to see a concert, would you go to open Mic night at the local pub, or would you go see ROCKSTAR! Dr. Donath is a ROCKSTAR. A Rockstar who plays golf.
David F. White Plains, NY
Many years of sports injuries combined with bad posture had left me with chronic and severe neck and shoulder pain. It had finally reached a point where I could not sit, lie down, or stand without discomfort. Not wanting to rely on pain medications I decided to try an alternative. Initially I had some skepticism about seeing a chiropractor, however Dr Donath soon put my mind at ease from the very first session as I noticed some improvement immediately. The treatments were gentle yet effective. He also addressed my jaw pain which I was not even aware could be corrected. Within in a few weeks of treatment I was pain free. As an added benefit I noticed that my migraines had disappeared! He took the time to show me preventative exercises so that the pain will not return in the future.
I highly recommend Dr Donath for anyone who is suffering from back, neck or shoulder pain. His knowledge and genuine care and concern for each patient is evident from day one.”
Marita P. White Plains, NY
After intense back pain that was immobilizing, an MRI confirmed that I had 3 herniated discs (L3/L4, L4/L5, L5/S1). Several doctors that I spoke to said my options were several months of physical therapy and if that didn’t work, which they couldn’t guarantee, they would talk about surgery. I immediately went to see Dr. Donath. He explained spinal decompression therapy and while I wasn’t certain that something so simple could be effective, I saw tremendous results after the first two visits. Spinal decompression therapy was not at all painful and after the first week I was walking normally and able to move about during the course of my day. Dr. Donath reviewed exercises to strengthen the muscles in my back and help the results of the decompression therapy. I am so grateful that I found Dr. Donath and spinal decompression therapy. I believe that no other course of action would have been as effective, quick or easy.
Hope L. New Rochelle, NY
I have had migraines for years. My pain would stop me from doing my everyday activities. My headaches would last days, even weeks and the medications I was put on did nothing to alleviate the pain. I started going to Dr. Donath and he used Active release Technique on all the muscles around my neck and jaw. In a couple of weeks my migraines were completely gone! Dr. Donath provides a wonderful service. Not only did he help me with my pain but he treated me with respect and made me feel like a friend. Dr. Donath takes time to get to know his patients and really listens to your needs and problems. I have complete confidence that he is a true healer and I hope that everyone can experience what a great doctor he is. I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Donath to my family and friends.
Katherine P. New Rochelle, NY
Dr. Donath has truly changed my life. I’m 24 years old and my passion in life is to work with animals. I’ve had back pain for years which gradually has gotten worse over time. It got to the point that I couldn’t go a day without either numbness, pressure, stabbing or shooting pain, dullness, or a heat sensation in my neck and back and I got really bad headaches. Some days I could barely even move, other days I got severe pain or numbness in my legs and feet. I found out I had a bulging disc and was sent to physical therapy. I had several sessions of physical therapy and was drugged with pain killers. It helped for a bit but then it got worse. I had to be super careful at work and it got to the point where I felt I was at a crossroad, either stop working with animals and be in less pain or do what I love and stick it through. Of course I made the second choice and the pain got worse. One day I saw an advertisement which stated they can permanently fix serious back problems. I was doubtful but decided why not give it a try. The first day I met Dr. Donath he made a really good impression. He was very professional, knowledgeable, caring, and even a little funny which definitely didn’t hurt. We ended up finding out I also have a second bulging disc which is why my pain became so intolerable recently. I’ve been seeing him for almost two months and I can’t believe how much pain I’m not in! Just with simple massages, exercises, and spinal alignment my average pain level has gone from a 10 to maybe a 3. My visits are reduced now to once a week. I feel much better and I no longer have headaches. I definitely recommend Dr. Donath and greatly appreciate all he’s done.
Michele T. Peekskill, NY
Dear Dr. Donath,
I am so glad that I met you. I was suffering from severe back pain and I never knew the cause of it. I went to see my physician and he sent me to another doctor to have my pinched nerves checked in my back. My co-worker saw that I was having great difficulty sitting or getting up and told me to come to see you. She told me that you’re a great doctor and that you helped fix her back. She insisted that you could help resolve my problem and convinced me to come see you. I feel much better ever since I have been in your care. Thank you so much for taking good care of me and getting me out of pain
Guerda J. Yonkers, NY
A recent flare up of my symptoms due to spinal stenosis made me dejected and even desperate, feelings not allayed by an orthopedic surgeon recommended by my primary care doctor. At my wits’ and tethers’ end, I called my chiropractor (who had previously treated my left hand), Dr. Jonathan Donath. After examining me and looking through my MRI’s, he assured me that with a series of Non-surgical spinal decompression sessions, he could do what physical therapy, injections, and surgery could not….Cure me.
A few months after my first treatment, I can happily declare that the sessions were a success. I can now do things that I could not have done before the treatments and the pain is gone! A caring chiropractor and wonderful human being; Dr. Jonathan Donath had my back and enduring gratitude!
Rabbi Lyle K. Mt. Vernon, NY
Two years ago I experienced my first bout with back pain. It started as just a slight pain but within two months I could not get out of bed without assistance. I kept telling myself it would go away. I finally broke down and went to an orthopedist. After months of physical therapy and a steroid shot it was “better”.
About a year ago, the pain started again. I didn’t want to go through the same routine especially the shot. I saw an ad for decompression. An internet search led me to Dr. Donath. He is a most gentle and caring doctor. After explaining about the decompression process and active release therapy I decided to try it. I got relief almost immediately. The procedure is painless, actually restful.
This is certainly a better way to go than the alternative. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by giving Dr. Donath a chance to help you get better.
Joan G. Valhalla, NY
Dr. Donath is a true professional in every sense of the word. My first impression of Dr. Donath was of a doctor who was caring, sincere, and genuinely concerned about one’s well-being. I have grown to appreciate and respect his professional advice and treatments. I am being treated for a herniated disc problem in both my neck as well as my back. Dr. Donath took the time to explain what caused my problems and the options available to resolve the pain I had been experiencing for so long. The pain I used to feel is almost completely gone and the numbness I used to feel into my hands is significantly better.
It is not everyday that you meet a person/doctor who you feel comfortable with right from the beginning; Dr. Donath is a professional who I trust, respect and never doubt his integrity at anytime. I feel fortunate to have met a doctor who has my best interest in mind and has become a friend who is always there if you need him. I have been blessed to have found Dr. Donath who tries to keep me healthy and pain-free.
Robert T. White Plains, NY
My daughter Zoe is 6 years old and had been suffering from some neck pain for 3 months. The pain was tolerable during the day but in the evening and at bed time, she was clearly uncomfortable and often distressed. I started with massage on the area at the nape of her neck but the pain seemed to be from “inside the bone”, as Zoe described it. The massage gave a little comfort but the pain seemed to be intensifying. I then took Zoe to our Pediatrician, who could find no glaring problem. He recommended we first get an X-ray of Zoe’s neck and spine, to make sure there was no problem in that area. Then, if there was nothing obviously wrong in the X-ray, he would send us to Dr Donath. The X-rays were clear and we scheduled an appointment as soon as possible with Dr Donath. Dr Donath’s administration assistant was absolutely lovely. She took down all our information and was very accommodating in finding an appointment quickly. In our first appointment, Dr Donath asked Zoe many questions, to try and ascertain what exactly her problem was – where was the pain, how often did it occur, what did the pain feel like, etc. Zoe felt so completely comfortable with Dr Donath from the first instance that they chatted away like long lost friends. Dr Donath then did some treatment on Zoe and she felt instant relief. We then proceeded to have a series of 6 treatments. In this short time, Zoe’s pain had disappeared and we have had no more sleepless nights from pain or discomfort in any way. Zoe would always enjoy the sessions with Dr Donath, as he was able to remove the pain and make her feel like she was a friend. He always explained at every step of the treatment what he was going to do and why he did it. Very comforting for me as a mother also – I always knew what was going on or about to happen and my little girl no longer suffered any pain. We are so grateful to Dr Donath and appreciate his caring, professionalism and amazing skill. I would recommend Dr Donath to anyone that needs help with a pain issue – he is a miracle worker.
Zoe P. Larchmont, NY
I am 42 years old and have never had serious back problems in my life. A few weeks ago, while I was eating breakfast I experienced an “attack” of severe pain in my middle back. The severe pain went away in about a week but some pain still remained which interfered with my mobility and made it difficult to sit all day at my desk. About two weeks after my first attack, I had an even more severe attackthat prevented me from going to work that day. So I went to see Dr. Donath that same day. He worked on me and was able to take the “edge” off right then and there. He then sent me for an MRI which showed two bulging disks, some mild disk deterioration and “Shmorl’s nodes” between two vertebrae. One week later, after three sessions with Dr. Donath, I am pain-free. I feel normal again. He also taught me several different exercises to help prevent these attacks from recurring. He is a very patient, kind, gentle and talented doctor. I would send my own wife and children to him if they ever needed it.
Alan S. Mount Vernon, NY
I ﬁrst came to see Dr Donath as I guess quite a few of us do, not knowing where else to go. Over several months, my sore back had progressed from being pretty painful when I did speciﬁc activities, to being excruciatingly painful all the time, and totally debilitating, as I couldn’t walk more than a few yards without having to stop to relieve the pain! I had already tried acupuncture, chiropractic, prescribed painkillers and PT, but things had just gotten worse and worse. I had an MRI done, which showed a badly herniated disc at L4-5. I continued to try to avoid surgery for another few weeks, but eventually as I found no relief, and I began to feel really depressed about my back problem, I decided to go ahead and have part of the disc surgically removed. This was wonderfully effective – for about 6 weeks. Then I herniated the disc again, and I don’t even know how I did it. My surgeon offered to redo the surgery, but clearly that didn’t seem like a permanent solution for me. I returned to doing some PT, again with no results. What next?!?
I came to Dr Donath expecting … I don’t quite know, but what he did give me during the ﬁrst consultation was a belief that he really could help. It was a bad herniation again and as I’d had previous surgery, he said it would be a long process to ﬁx it. Probably 3 months, coming several times a week and 30-40 treatments, using a back brace with regular and frequent ice packs, and taking herbal anti-inﬂammatories. But eventually, no pain! He was right about everything but the time frame. It took several weeks going 4 or 5 days a week to get me more or less free of those agonizing shooting pains in my leg. The 40th treatment whipped by and I still needed more, though I was out of acute pain, and continued to come a couple of times a week. I went regularly for about 6 months. My progress has been slow, slow, slow, BUT it is getting better all the time.
It’s now over 9 months since I ﬁrst met Dr Donath; I have an achy, stiff back for a short time most mornings until I get moving, but I do almost all the things I’ve always done – just a bit more carefully! I still ice my back if I’ve been doing a lot, and do my exercises, and go once a month for a tune-up of spinal decompression. Life (almost!) back to normal.
Sue K. Old Greenwich, CT
Dear Dr. Donath
I just wanted to thank you for taking such a good care of me and my neck!!I have been in pain for years and before going to your office, I tried different doctors but it cost me a lot of money with no results.
I play tennis 7 hours a week and it doesn’t help with my neck or my back. I started to go to your office a little bit over a year now and my neck is not a problem anymore.You gave me some exercises to do at home which really helped. At the beginning I wasn’t very impressed and I told myself well, lets try and see. You are very patient and gentle and you really care about your patients. You are not there just to take their money like some others I’ve been too.
After a couple of months, I didn’t have so much pain in my neck. I did the exercises finally and gradually, I was going to your office only once a week instead of 3 times a week. Now I come only when I come back from traveling on a plane or when I’m very tired.
Yesterday, I sent you my husband who is complaining about his knee and his back. He told me that he liked you a lot and that you explained the pain to him very clearly and in a very caring way. Now he is going to see you more often than me for a while 🙂
Thank you for being such a wonderful doctor and a very caring person.
Beatrice N. Mamaroneck, NY
I went to Dr. Donath’s office with a terrible pain in my right shoulder and arm. I had this pain several times in the last 3 years, especially after doing some physical effort such as painting or gardening (nothing too strenuous). I had treated this with pain medication but this time it didn’t work at all. I could barely type in my computer or drive my car; lifting my arm was a major effort for me.
I called to the office and immediately was given an appointment. I did not know what to expect as I had never visited a chiropractor. I explained my issue to Dr. Donath and he immediately gave me the confidence that he was going to fix my problem. Of course first day I was skeptical that this was going to be so easy, but after the second session with him I had an 80% improvement. I could not believe it. He was very gentle and informative. He explained what was wrong with my neck, my posture and my shoulder muscles and the next steps to follow.
I had visited my primary care doctor and an orthopedist with this problem before and they prescribed me the pain medication. However, I had the feeling that I was just treating the symptom but not the cause of the problem, and therefore I couldn’t prevent this to happen to me again. With Dr. Donath we have defined a course of action, he is teaching me some exercises to strengthen my abs and neck muscles.The additional plus is that you feel treated as a person. He and his staff will learn your first name quickly and will be truly concerned about your welfare. I was lucky to find Dr. Donath and decided to try something different for my pain. I will highly recommend him to my family and friends.
Marylena M. Larchmont, NY
I lost my job and have been on disability since 2005 due to herniated disks, Degenerative Disk Disease, Arthritis, Spinal Stenosis and various other ailments in my neck and spine. Compounding this, I have Fibromyalgia and am in severe pain 24/7. After several visits to my very prestigious, prominent neurosurgeon, his prognosis was; “inoperable.” He said that during surgery, my disks could potentially crumble. He also said that I would need a brace to support my neck and head. When I told this doctor that I was thinking about trying “Spinal Decompression Therapy.” he strongly recommended that I did not have it done, nor would he be responsible for the consequences. At that point, I could barely hold my neck up. In desperation and pain, I sought out Dr. Jonathan Donath.
I arrived for our first meeting armed with my MRI’s and in a lot of pain. I was skeptical of the “Free” consultation! Dr. Donath immediately put me at ease. He was very serious and “passionate” about treating and relieving my pain. He was confident that it at least could be reduced. He went thru my MRI reports with me, explaining them in lay terms. Dr. Donath exuded confidence and gave me the faith to believe that it just may work. And, the consultation really was free!
As of this writing, I have finished my treatments to my upper neck, C-4, C-5 and C-6. My compliance was bitter-sweet. I did some things that I know I shouldn’t have that set me back. I still have limited range and mobility of my neck. But what I don’t have is the searing pain that use to accompany every movement of my head. Below are the positive results of my Spinal Decompression Therapy:
1). While driving, I am now able to turn my head from side to side when I come to a stop sign, instead of moving my whole body.
2). I am now able to sit at the computer for an hour or two. “Compliance” would be an hour!
3). I no longer have to wear a neck brace. I am now able to do the prescribed isometric exercises, and have returned to my toning and home-made yoga routine without getting “locked up” on one side.
4). I have days when I have absolutely no pain in that part of the neck, as long as I behave, and use the ice packs!
5). The tingling in my arms and shoulders have all but dissipated.
6). I can now lift my neck with minimal support and less pain.
7). I can carry light items and lift up to 3 pounds.
8). I can now walk again; only 1/2 mile at a time, but that’s better than not walking at all.
Dr. Donath has given me back mobility that I thought I would never have again! Given the proper treatment, and the right doctor; especially a doctor who believes better than you do, that all things are possible with the right attitude and faith; then hope can spring to life once more. The treatments themselves were relaxing. Dr. Donath put on cool music for me to listen to, dimmed the lights and told me to relax. And I really did. I will sing Dr. Donath’s praises! In plain English, he is such a doll. He’s a down to earth guy and a pleasure to have as a caretaker. He has a highly unusual, calming bed-side manner. He offers much advice and knowledge and listens to what you have to say and regards it personally, giving positive feedback and encouragement. He goes above and beyond the call of duty. He gets involved in your total care, understanding other underlying medical issues.
Dr. Donath believed when I was skeptical. He was optimistic when I was pessimistic. He told me I could win when I felt defeated. He truly put his heart and soul into my healing. I know he had more confidence in the outcome than I did! I try not to screw up, but when I do, 15 minutes on ice, and I’m good!
Dr. Donath knew that only part of me was going to heal and that my compounded problems will need work also, but I think that he too is quite happy with the successful outcome. I’m forever grateful for the totality of his care and his passion for healing. God Bless “Dr. D.”
Elizabeth P. Hawthorne, 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 relatively great pregnancy except for a relentless upper back, dull ache that never went away. I thought it had to do with the way I was forced to sleep on my side, and tried pillows, new positions, and yoga to relieve it. Nothing worked.Finally I searched for a chiropractor who treated pregnant women and came across Dr. Donath. I was able to go see him right away. He explained my problem and did a combination of adjusting my back and muscle work. What was really impressive was his knowledge of pregnancy and how it affects the body. He was able to give me some exercises and stretches to do on my own as well. After my first visit I felt major relief. The dull ache was significantly less bothersome.I returned to his office a few days later and after that visit I was pain free. I no longer had any pain throughout the rest of my pregnancy! I was able to do the stretches on my own to help prevent the return of the pain, and I honestly never felt it again. After enduring labor, and beginning breastfeeding, the dull ache returned and I had difficulty even holding my newborn. I immediately went back to Dr. Donath. Once again he relieved me of the pain! Pregnancy is a wonderful thing, but it certainly can be stressful on the body. I feel that Dr. Donath was able to use his expertise of pregnancy related issues to specifically target these stresses. It was wonderful to see someone who really knew what he was talking about, and was able to help me to enjoy my pregnancy and feel wonderful!
Michelle C. Bronxville, NY
About two years ago, I suffered a back injury. This injury caused me to experience excruciating sciatica pain. This was not just localized in my lower back, but radiated down both my legs. My primary care physician sent me off to physical therapy, and when that didn’t work prescribed cortisone shots. I found a pain management specialist and was receiving these very painful, debilitating shots at least once every 2-3 months. In March I became pregnant and knew my back pain would only get worse. I also knew the shots that I had been getting would not be an option during the pregnancy.Thankfully I was referred to Dr. Donath around May at about 2 months pregnant. After my very first session with Dr. Donath, my lower back was completely pain free. Not only did he adjust my lower back, but also worked on my upper back/neck as I have been told I have weak muscles there which cause severe headaches. This is also something that I have previously been in physical therapy for. In addition to the adjustments I received, Dr. Donath took the time to teach me stretches to do at home to help in my healing. I have been seeing Dr. Donath on a weekly basis throughout my pregnancy. He truly has worked wonders for me and I feel that if I had gone without these adjustments, I probably would have ended up on bed rest at some point in the pregnancy.
Christine T. Scarsdale, NY
After a long pregnancy with a lot of back pain, I went through 10 plus hours of severe back labor. While I was ecstatic about the birth of my son, the lingering intense back pain really prevented me from enjoying every moment as much as I would have liked. I was recommended to Dr. Donath and after two sessions, my back pain was 90% better. I continued to see Dr. Donath and within a matter of weeks, my back was not only feeling better from the pregnancy and labor, but it was feeling better than before I was pregnant. I was initially skeptical of being treated by a chiropractor, but Dr. Donath explained everything in great detail and was able to answer all my questions about why the treatment he was performing was the answer to my back problems. I was so grateful for his attention and professionalism and would not only recommend, but encourage, any one that has a problem with their back to call Dr. Donath. I am now on the floor, playing with my 4 month old, pain free, thanks to Dr. Donath.
Erica L. New Rochelle, NY
One morning in 2006 I woke up unable to move. I will never know if it was a spasm or a pinched nerve but I was never the same. I would wake in the night with sharp pains up and down my neck and back and I’d be unable to turn or move.During my first pregnancy the back pain became worse. I had terrible leg cramps, and my labor was over 48 hours of excruciating back labor due to my son being posterior. After he was born, my back was a mess. It was painful to carry him, to nurse him, and often just hunched over to find some relief. I’m a horseback rider and I found myself constantly in pain from even the slightest unexpected jarr or movement of the horse. When I became pregnant again in 2009, I began to see Dr. Donath in my 3rd month. From the first visit on, my back pain was lessened. If run of the mill pregnancy aches got too bothersome, I’d come in for an extra session and I would feel a difference almost instantly. What I really appreciated was his knowledge of optimal baby positioning and how to best achieve it. I had a much easier labor and had no pain after my daughter was born. Carrying her-which I do almost always either in my arms or a sling- was no problem.Even riding has been pain free again! If I get sore or stiff, I just make an appointment. I must also say that Dr. Donath is a warm, friendly, approachable person that makes you feel at ease while you are in his care. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Jennifer E. North Salem, NY
“Although my first pregnancy was without complication, I had to have a c-section in my 42nd week. I was told that my pelvis was small and, since my son was large (9lbs, 9oz), I would not be able to deliver vaginally in the future. I was disappointed at this outcome and when I got pregnant with my second baby 18 months later, I began to do quite a bit of research. After learning a little bit more about my body and my birth choices, I decided to plan a VBAC. I found a practice and hospital that supported my decision and began to do as much as I could to prepare myself for this birth. Because of the information I was given about my pelvis, I started seeing Dr. Donath right away. The goal was to keep my hips and pelvis as open as possible in order to give the baby the room he needed to birth easily. By the final weeks of my pregnancy, the baby was engaged snugly in my pelvis and I was in pre-labor – neither of which happened the first time around. I had a successful and uncomplicated VBAC at 40 weeks and my second son was no small potato at 8lbs, 13oz. Thanks to Dr. Donath, my body was ready, I felt strong and confident, and my baby had plenty of room for his journey into the world.”
Jennifer S. Larchmont, NY
During my first pregnancy in California, I began experiencing back pain around the sixth month and was referred by my midwife to a chiropractor that specialized in Active Release Technique (ART). I had never been to a chiropractor and was hesitant to start in the middle of pregnancy. Encouraged by my midwife and her insistence that pregnant women are often in greater need of chiropractic work because of the strain the pregnancy puts on the back and ligaments, I saw the ART chiropractor and felt immensely better after only my first visit! I continued with treatment throughout my pregnancy and felt great.
During my second pregnancy, back pain crept up on me again although this time the onset of pain was earlier and more intense. My husband, son and I had moved from California to New York and the unpacking combined with carrying around a 30 pound little one was a recipe for a sore back. I immediately started seeing a local chiropractor during my fifth month of pregnancy when the pain was still manageable. The local chiropractor was not trained in ART and my back pain worsened over the following months until I could barely walk. The pain became unbearable and out of desperation, in my seventh month of pregnancy, I emailed my California ART chiropractor who recommended that I find an ART trained chiropractor in New York as quickly as possible. This led me to Dr. Donath
I was able to make an appointment with Dr. Donath despite the approach of the Thanksgiving holiday. Dr. Donath was on-time for the appointment and spent a significant amount of time discussing my back pain and providing information about ART and the way pregnancy affects the body before he began his treatment. He was well-versed in treating pregnant women and I felt that at last I had found someone who would be able to provide some relief. In fact, I did feel relief after only the first appointment. After continued visits, my back pain resolved entirely and I have been able to enjoy the final months of pregnancy pain free.
Besides the relief that Dr. Donath’s treatments provided, I was also impressed by his commitment to easing my pain. He scheduled appointments appropriately – several visits a week in the beginning that have now become weekly treatments – he also discussed a plan for post-pregnancy to ensure that the back pain remains at bay, and he provided exercises that I could do at home to speed the healing.
I recommend Dr. Donath to all pregnant women suffering from back pain. I believe that his use of ART and his vast knowledge of treating pregnant women put me back on my feet and out of pain.
Emily H. Rye, NY
I decided to seek Dr. Donath’s help when he was recommended to me by other women who had successful VBACs with chiropractic help. Several women told me that chiropractic treatment helped their babies move further down into the pelvis, getting the baby into position for birth. I have now seen Dr. Donath 7 times, and since I haven’t given birth yet I can’t say whether the treatments I’ve received have made for a successful VBAC, but I can say that they have provided me with an unexpected benefit that was not part of my original goal but I am very happy about nonetheless. Ever since I started getting treatment from Dr. Donath, I have felt much less pregnancy-related pain and discomfort in my back (especially the excruciatingly painful tailbone area), hips and legs and I have also felt greater overall mobility and flexibility. It has made my last trimester a much more comfortable – nearly pain-free – experience. Dr. Donath is warm, friendly and approachable and genuinely cares for his patients, and took the time necessary to diagnose and treat my problem correctly. He’s not one of those chiropractors where you are rushed out in a few minutes. I had a very pleasant experience in his care and recommend him highly.
Danielle L. Pearl River, NY
I am 39 weeks pregnant. After the 28th week, I started having problems with my back which gradually increased until I was experiencing sharp pain in my lower back almost every time I would walk up the stairs. With five other children at home to care for, I knew I needed to take care of this problem. I was encouraged to see Dr. Donath by those who had benefited from his expertise. It took me a while to make an appointment, but I’m really glad I did. Dr. Donath understood exactly what was the problem (it had to to with my muscles, not my bones) and after only a couple sessions I was able to walk much more comfortably. I haven’t had the same pain since the treatment I received from him and the exercises that he taught me have been very helpful.
Juliane T. Eastchester, NY
Dr. Donath has been a life saver for me, both before and after my son’s birth. Before his birth, I saw Dr. Donath from 38 weeks on to prepare my body for a successful VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-Section). I also had pain in my inner thighs from 3 months pregnant on, which he got rid of in one visit! I wish I had gone to him from the beginning of the pregnancy, and will next time, that’s for sure! After my son’s birth, I had a fractured tailbone, which led to back pain as well. He treated both and I started feeling relief within a few weeks time. By six weeks post-partum I was healed! Oh, then one day I mentioned a knee surgery I had had twenty years ago as a kid, and how I never had regained full movement afterwards. In two minutes of stretching out the scar tissue, I had my full range of movement back. He is truly amazing at what he does!
Melanie M. White Plains, NY
Midway through my pregnancy I developed a very painful case of sciatica. I was lucky to find Dr. Donath — who treats many pregnant women — since it is important to receive chiropractic care from someone who knows how to modify treatment specifically for pregnancy. With several treatments over a relatively short period of time I got a tremendous amount of relief. I am grateful for the outstanding care I received and would absolutely recommend Dr. Donath to anyone in need of chiropractic care, pregnant or not. I credit him with getting me better and keeping me healthy. Thank you Dr. Donath!Sheila E. Greenwich, CT
After 7 months of pregnancy, the extra weight started to take a toll on my frame. I came to see Dr. Donath for relief with my upper, lower back pain and neck pain. Only after a couple visits, I felt relief and was happy to see Dr. Donath every few weeks just to keep my back and posture in check. He really helped me through the toughest part of my pregnancy. I was able to work all the way up to the day of my labor which I believe were due to his treatments. I am so happy to have found him and am still seeing him 9 months postpartum for tune ups. Thanks for making my pregnancy a happy one!
Rosalinda M. White Plains, NY
“I had been experiencing left side lower back pain. I could not imagine what was wrong and I was expecting to have to go through all sorts of tests to find a diagnosis. Well, as soon as Dr. Donath examined my back, he reassured me that he could help me and make my pain disappear. After half a dozen very pleasant and enjoyable sessions with Dr. Donath working his magic, I am pain-free. Not only does Dr. Donath know exactly how to make you well through his techniques, but he possesses a most wonderful demeanor. He really cares about you and he is so encouraging. His receptionist is a joy as well. So, if you are experiencing neck or back pain, go see Dr. Jonathan Donath. You will be as satisfied as I am with the results.”
Barbara M. Mount Vernon, NY
Dr. Donath is a truly gifted Chiropractor. I have been suffering with sciatica since I was pregnant with my now seven year old. I felt constant burning pain down my left leg. I had tried everything: Other chiropractors, physical therapy, a physiatrist, and accupuncture. No one could tell me the cause of the pain, relieve my pain, or even get an MRI approved by my health insurance. Within ten minutes of seeing Dr. Donath he was on the phone with my insurance company. He understood that until we find out what is the underlying cause of these symptoms we can’t solve the problem. Within a half hour he had a pre-authorized MRI approved from my insurance company. A few days later, after the test, we learned that I had a herniated disk.
Dr. Donath taught me exercises to strengthen my back. He adjusted my back and stretched me in ways that help relieve my discomfort. Over time the pain from my sciatica has gone from an 8.5/10 to a 3/10. And I believe his decompression machines will help completely cure the condition, I look forward to completing my treatment with these machines soon. I feel much better now.
Dr. Donath has a special talent. But he is also a super guy. He is smart, caring, careful, and compassionate. He knows his craft very well, and gives chiropractic a good name. I highly recommend him.
Gail R. White Plains, NY
“From the first treatment forward for my bulging disk I experienced dramatic improvement. Dr. Donath’s therapy, including his exercise recommendations, is remarkable.”
Stuart M. White plains, NY
Over the past several years of commuting to the city, my back and neck had taken a toll. From carrying bags (not backpacks), and sitting at the computer all day, I began having severe neck spasms. I was unable to turn my head without pain. My back and neck both have a tensed up/painful feeling. I began to turn to chiropractic adjustments which made a big difference in my life. When I was on maternity leave, I needed to find a good chiropractor close to home. That’s when I found Dr. Donath. I like his technique, and feel much more relief from my back and neck pain after having his adjustments, then any other chiropractor I have seen before. Having regular chiropractic adjustments, I can really feel the difference in my neck and back, which affect my overall health and well-being. Thank You Dr. Donath!
Michelle V. White Plains, NY
Going to Dr. Donath, I was introduced to a man that truly cares about your well-being. He is honest, and tells it like it is. He is not there to waste your time it his. I would recommend Dr. Donath to anyone who wants to know why they are having pain and what needs to be done to get rid of it.
Pat S. White Plains, NY
When I went to Dr. Donath, I had a piercing pain in my left hip. The doctor gave me several stretching and pressure point treatments (ART) which completely alleviated my problem.
Bella W. White Plains, NY
I first met with Dr. Donath because I was having severe pains in my neck that was about 1 1/2 yrs ago after being treated the 1st time I felt better. I had visited many other Chiropractors and nothing ever worked. I recently was treated by Dr. Donath for having severe pain in my back after 1 visit again I felt better. Dr. Donath isn’t just a great Chiropractor but he also cares about how your feeling. He would call to check up on me to make sure I was doing better and this meant a lot. I recommend Dr. Donath to everyone because in my opinion he is the best out there.
Maria R. Larchmont, NY
I was referred to Dr Donath by my wife who he had treated successfully. I went to him with numbness in my arms and fingertips, chronic shoulder and back pain and a burning pain in my big toes. I had been overweight and, over the previous 3 months, had lost 30lbs but the strenuous workouts had given me some new pings and pangs to deal with. Dr Donath began by treating the numbness and back/shoulder pain by prescribing ice treatments with exercises/stretches at home and adjustments in his office three times a week. After two weeks, the numbness was completely gone and my back/shoulders were feeling significantly better.
Dr Donath then addressed my foot problem by admitting that he was not a foot expert. He said that the sharp burning pain sounded like it may be beyond his expertise and that whatever podiatrist I sought would probably recommend shoe inserts, which he did know about. His honesty that another professional would know more about my problem really impressed me. The podiatrist said that I had a genetic issue with my bones which was causing the pain and could be managed with exercises that the podiatrist taught me, and orthopedic inserts. I bought the inserts from Dr Donath, as his technology seemed to be more advanced than what was available at the podiatrist’s office, and they were also less expensive
Dr Donath’s professionalism of putting my well-being above his bottom line lead to the right diagnosis of the problem and I am now, for the first time in years, without pain in my toes.
Thank you for looking out for me, Dr Donath.
Cliff B. New Rochelle, NY
My lower back felt very stiff and certain sudden movements would give me severe sharp pains. I had no idea of what was going on or what the cause was. I had a really hard time standing straight or sitting for too long. A friend suggested that I see a Chiropractor. I had never been to a Chiropractor and everyone in Dr. Donath’s office made me feel very welcome. He worked with me and educated me about my herniated disc. It only took a couple of weeks to feel normal again. Thanks Dr. Donath! I’m feeling great now.
Susan N. White Plains, NY
Before seeing Dr. Donah, I had been having terrible wrist pain for well over a year, strange burning sensations in various parts of my legs and eventually I developed a very stiff but not often painful neck. A neurologist scared me half to death when he suggested that I might have Multiple Sclerosis. During this evaluation, they discovered two herniated discs in my neck. I asked the neurologist if this could cause my wrist pain and burning sensations. He said, “No” rather emphatically. When I told Dr. Donah my story he seemed instantly to know that all of my complaints were being caused by the herniated discs in my neck and with great confidence told me that he could help me. He did ART (Active Release Techniques) to get my wrist in better shape. I saw results immediately. I eventually did spinal decompression for my stiff neck and after one visit, I noticed a significant reduction in the stiffness and burning sensations and after only 3 or 4 treatments, I had total relief. Two years later, I have only mild and sporadic pain and an occasional visit keeps me feeling great.
Tanya T. Brooklyn, NY
I have had on and off back pain for many years. But this last time it did not get better and and I also had spasmotic leg pain. After a MRI, I was diagnosed with a large herniated disc and spinal stenosis. I tried various treatments including acupuncture and epidurals which provided very temporary relief. The pain was constant and I was taking medication daily and was seriously considering surgery. While googling for more information on stenosis, I came across Dr. Donath’s ad for spinal decompression therapy.
The decision to call and come in for a consultation turned out to be a great one. Although it took longer than initially thought for me to get completely better, Dr. Donath and his staff did not give up on me and today I am pain free.
Ann Marie H. Peekskill, NY
In my last desperate effort to avoid surgery for lower back pain, I hobbled into Dr. Donath’s office for a Consultation and Treatment. Almost immediately I got relief, eight weeks later I was pain free and enjoying life again. I am so grateful to Dr. Donath for all he did to help me.
Michael B. Bronx, NY