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Complaint Review: Dr. Scott H Russo

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  • Submitted: Thu, February 15, 2007
  • Updated: Thu, January 03, 2013

  • Reported By:Sacramento California
Dr. Scott H Russo
6040 Hazel Ave Orangevale, California U.S.A.

Dr. Scott H Russo - Spinal Health Institute ripoff Took advantage of my health and wallet Orangevale California

*General Comment: Dr. Scott Russo - Spinal Health Institute

*Author of original report: Dr. Scott Harcourt Russo DC DBA Spinal Health Institute

*Consumer Comment: Great Experience with Dr. Russo & Dr. Lee at Spinal Health Clinic

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I would like to take this time to share with potential patients or current patients of Dr. Scott Harcourt Russo DC.

Dr. Russo treated me from February 2003 through August 2003 with his "Disc Pump" therapy technique. His diagnostic testing was questionable from the begining as he reviewed an outside sourced MRI and then proceeded to inform me that "I was a candidate for Disc Pump therapy". Gee what a shock.

Dr. Russo likes/d to use a technique known as "leg raise testing" in which a patient lays in a prone position upon a treatment/exam table and the Dr. would perform a series of palpations while having the patient lift their legs individually. I have inquired about this type of diagnostic neurological testing with actual medical doctors (MD's) as well as other chiropractors (DC's) and they have ALL stated that a "leg raise test" is bogus and proves nothing.

To make a long story short, Dr. Russo claimed that in most cases (I realize that "most" means not everybody) most patients only require 2 weeks of consecutive treatments and checkups. Obviously Dr. Russo viewed my condition as a "cash cow" for his greedy lifestyle that he leads living in Folsom and driving expensive cars such as his Lexus that I'm sure I helped pay for.

Dr. Russo treated me specifically on a weekend off hours basis in the summer of 2003 and requested that the next time I came in (which was Monday) that I bring "CASH". Well as I kept to my appointment on Monday and brought in a check (which we had been paying to him since February 03), Dr Russo upon entering the exam/treatment room inquired as to if I had brought the "CASH" for the previous off hours visit and I informed him that I had brought a check as usual. This is when Dr. Scott Harcourt Russo turned into Dr. Scumbag leech. "That's not what I said! I said CASH! You can go ahead and go to the bank and cash that check and THEN I will treat you."

I was very comforting to know that my overall health was not a concern to Mr. Russo and that our money was.

In closing all that I would like to happen is to see/ensure that nobody else has to endure the type of demeaning and humiliating unprofessional conduct of the con artist that Scott Russo is.

Karma is a b**ch Dr. Russo (much like yourself) and someday it will find you when you need help from somebody else.

Bill
Sacramento, California
U.S.A.

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#1 General Comment

Dr. Scott Russo - Spinal Health Institute

AUTHOR: 32mnykids - (United States of America)

I was searching online for Dr Russo's phone number to make an appointment and saw this report. I do not work at the Spinal Health Institute nor is Dr Russo a personal friend. My daughter contracted spinal and brain cancer at age 8 and received spinal surgery to remove tumors. The surgery left her with partial paralysis and numbness in her leg and foot, which cause her to limp and fall pretty regularly. Radiation caused her to develop severe scoliosis as she grew. She has been on large doses of opiates to combat pain for approximately 5 years. Dr Russo was recommended to us by her massage therapist because of his different approach to chiropractic care. She had just seen her pain doctors and had pain medicine dosages increased. After her first visit, her gait was drastically improved. I have a video record of this. Each visit afterwards improved her gait and allowed her to start eliminating pain killers. After 3 weeks, she was completely off of methadone, topomax, vicodin, fentanyl and morphine, and had feeling returned to various areas on her foot and leg. Her gait is now almost normal, for the first time in 11 years. She couldn't be happier. She is now 20. SHE HAD NO FEELING OR FUNCTION FOR 11 YEARS BUT DR RUSSO'S CARE RETURNED THAT TO HER. My daughter is nearly finished with her adjustments after only 6 months, with several of those months being a single appointment. She feels like she has a new body.

Dr Russo and his staff have been nothing but kind, respectful and helpful. Dr Russo has never mentioned money or excessive appointments, and I can't imagine too many people who were in worse shape than my daughter. I highly recommend him to anyone who is suffering and I don't know who this man is who is described in the negative comments on this site. He's not the guy who treats my daughter.
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#2 Author of original report

Dr. Scott Harcourt Russo DC DBA Spinal Health Institute

AUTHOR: W - (U.S.A.)

Well every patient differs from the next is all that I will say. Dr. Russo is a leach that lives off of other people's pain and suffering. Some patients have pain related issues that can be resolved with little to no effort. Some others like myself require more intensive therapies. In which case said doctors should refer their patient's out to another provider that could better assist them rather than milk the cash cow.

I will say that I found that not ALL chiropractors are scumbags like Mr. Russo is. I have since made a FULL recovery with the assistance of a local Folsom/Granite Bay chiropractor. Also where I was told by many doctors including Mr. Russo that "I'd never be able to do this or that again etc etc". Here I am four years later after finishing therapy and I am somehow able to compete within mixed martial arts, practicing the kata's of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing. In closing it's a 50/50 ratio. Half is finding the right doctor and the other half is positive mental attitude from the patient and doctor alike. One feeds off of the other. When you have a leach pile of garbage like Mr. Russo that is only concerned with lining his wallet then the patient and patient care suffers overall.

In closing, had I been able to file earlier on trust me I would have taken Mr. Russo to civil court in Sacramento County Superior Court just on a matter of principle.

However I am glad to hear that you yourself had a positive experience with a less than positive human being.

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#3 Consumer Comment

Great Experience with Dr. Russo & Dr. Lee at Spinal Health Clinic

AUTHOR: Dan Biddle - (United States of America)

Hi:

I found this online "ripoff report" while searching for Dr. Russo's firm to arrange a repeat appointment. I do not know the person who filed this "ripoff report" and the Spinal Health Clinic did not ask me to file this rebuttal. When I read the report I was shocked because I've had the complete opposite experience with Dr. Russo's firm. When I went into the Clinic (based on a referral from a friend), I could hardly walk without back pain. I threw my back out in the same vertebra area that's bothered me about annually for the last 10 years. After just one treatment using the same process described in the report, I was 80% healed. I couldn't believe it. Then after the second trip, I was totally healed. Again, I was shocked. So shocked that I paid for several treatments for a relative who had similar results. This relative, a 45 year old male with chronic back pain, could hard hold up his head because of neck disc pain. After just 2 visits, he was also nearly fully restored.

All of my dealings with the professionals at the clinic have been positive and marked with high integrity. I have no idea what happened or didn't happen with the person who filed the report, but I just wanted to share that I had an incredibly positive experience with the clinic and would refer anyone there.

 

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