Hi Dr. Corwin, Received 02/09/2011 ~ with permission
Remember us? My daughter has seen you several times for treatment for scoliosis. The first doctor we saw, at Children's Hospital Oakland, measured her curve at 33 degrees in August 2010. Our current doctor, at UCSF thought it was somewhere between 28-30). The first doctor recommended she wear a brace for about 2 years, and he was not hopeful even the brace would prevent her curve from worsening.
E.... has not worn a brace. She saw you for three appointments, and has been doing yoga and pilates exercises on her own daily. Last week she had her follow up appointment with Dr. Berven (and new x-ray), and Dr. Berven measured her curve at 12 degrees - her back is almost completely straight. He doesn't think he's ever seen such a dramatic improvement!
I wanted you to know how much you have helped E.
Please feel free to use this information and pass it on to anyone who may need some inspiration! I would love to use what we've learned to help other people facing this situation.
Hope all is well with you, and thanks again,
Dear Dr. Corwin,
I saw you last year for treatment of my "scoliosis." I am so truly grateful to you and I just wanted to check in a year later and let you know that my body is so so so so much easier to live in now than ever before in my life. Most significantly, the constant pressure and twisting sensation in my upper back that gave me so much pain my entire life is gone. And, I enjoy being an inch and a half taller, too!
Please feel free to use this as a testimonial. I would be happy to act as a resource to anyone with scoliosis considering treatment with you.
Hi Dr. Mitchell:
Michelle is doing very well. She has recovered from the flight. Michelle loved being with you and Juliana and Ariana and is nostalgic about it. She says she wishes she could have stayed longer.
She is doing the exercises as best as she remembers but your video will be most helpful so she gets it right.
Great news is she has an appetite! She is eating more at each meal and actually saying her stomach is growling and she wants to eat. That's a miracle in itself.
I've been taking her out where she can safely have a long run. I drive along slowly on the opposite side of the country road (because I'can't run or walk much with with Atrial Fibrillation condition). Maybe you have something I should try for that.
I am amazed at Michelle's attitude which has changed. She is much more positive. Has stopped complaining about everything, which she was doing. She is thinking "straight spine" and is no longer afraid of scoliosis. (and neither am I)
She is also going to write about her trip to California now that she has learned the keyboard and beginning to use WORD. She is keen on importing her drawings and her photos as part of her story about it.
She really is a new child, sleeping about 12 hours each night, though going to bed much later and getting up much later. I would say I see a major (and much awaited) change from the negative (fears) to the more positive "can do" attitude. I can't say thank you enough and please thank Ofer too.
Our best wishes to you and your lovely family,
Fran and Michelle
(Vermont) July 2010
I just wanted you to know that ever since my last visit with you (you performed a brain/heart miracle), my BP has consistently remained in the desired range and often lower. The only short exception was when lab tests showed my potassium level was too low; but that was corrected by making sure I ate a banana every day! I am so very grateful
Thank you very much for your sensitivity and knowledge, and for your willingness to share so generously with so many people.