Patient Stories

Serena | The pain I experienced before the surgery is completely gone

When I was 12, I was diagnosed with scoliosis. I had two curves one about 39 degrees and the other around 56 degrees. My back was constantly in pain and I was always so uncomfortable no matter what way I sat, stood, or layed down. I started going to a chiropractor in the summer of 2019, and I tried that ... MORE >

Zoe | Zoe’s story—thorough scoliosis care results in positive outcomes

Zoe, a junior in high school has familial dysautonomia, which is a genetic disorder that affects the nervous system and tends to cause scoliosis. As Zoe’s spine started to curve more, her family came to a point where intervention needed to be done. “ The current orthopedist we were seeing kept pushing for surgery and wouldn’t back down, so we needed to get a second opinion ... MORE >

Greta | I just want to thank Dr. Vitale for all of his amazing work that he has done to help me

"As you can see, this is an amazing kid—advocating for other children with disabilities, excelling in school and socially, and really standing as a testament to what modern medicine can do." —Michael Vitale, MD "I just want to thank Dr. Vitale for all of his amazing work that he has done to help me live this life that I do and ... MORE >

Ella | Dr. Vitale came to see me before surgery and made me feel much better

In 2015, when I was 9 years old, I was diagnosed with scoliosis. I was asked to touch my toes by my doctor and she saw a hump on my back and then sent me to an Orthopedic Doctor. When I saw that first doctor she told me my upper thoracic curve was 45 degrees and I needed surgery right ... MORE >

Rachel | Dr. Vitale made us feel comfortable each and every time

Dr. Vitale is not only an amazing doctor, but you never feel rushed anytime you are with him... There are not enough thank you's to express our gratitude to Dr. Vitale and his entire team for all they have done for Rachel and our family.  MORE >

Phillip | Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) patient helped by Dr. Vitale

Since the spinal fusion Phil has no pain in his hips or back and his breathing is stabilized. Phil continues to have check-ups with Dr. Vitale. Our family is confident that the team at Columbia is there when we need them. Phil is eighteen now, looking forward to his freshman year, as a resident student, at SUNY Stony Brook. He ... MORE >

Gianna | Gianna’s Idiopathic Scoliosis Journey

Gianna’s idiopathic scoliosis journey started when she was 7 months old. After much research, I came across Dr. Vitale and have never looked back. He was our true hero from day one. MORE >

Starla M. | Starla M. | Active Patient with a Brace

Starla was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 5.  She is very active. In these photos she shares with us her success in Tae Kwon Do and a calendar which featured her amazing artwork on the cover. [gallery ids="1616,1617,1618,1620,1619,1621"] She has been in this calendar for two years in a row, 2017 and 2018. She has spoken at our Non operative treatment of ... MORE >

Arlene | Your comfort and reassurance during a very difficult time was priceless

Dear Dr. Vitale, I can't thank you enough for what you've done for Samantha. Your comfort and reassurance during a very difficult time was priceless. After many opinions, I knew I found the "best" doctor. I will never forget what you did for Samantha. Sincerely, Arlene MORE >

Anonymous Patient | You rock, Dr. Vitale!

This creative drawing was sent to us by a patient. Thank you! MORE >