After an initial consultation and evaluation, we will provide you with a structured and comprehensive treatment plan that may include one or more of the following services:
Physical therapy is a great first step into pain alleviation; it is a non-invasive approach and often times, a majority of pain can be relieved through physical therapy. Physical therapy assists in improving mobility, restoring function, and relieving pain through stretching and strengthening exercises and medical massages. Along with your personalized and structured physical therapy regimen, modalities like electrical stimulation or ultrasound are also typically used to the affected area to facilitate and promote healing.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, also referred to as Physiatry, is the evaluation, diagnosis, and non-surgical treatment of conditions, illnesses, or injuries associated with your musculoskeletal system, including your muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and bones. Physiatrists treat a wide variety of conditions and often direct a team of rehabilitation specialists. Treatment regimens typically involve a combination of manual medicine and modalities, injections, and physical therapy.
We specialize in diagnosing and treating sports related injuries and illnesses and conditions stemming from athletic activities. Common injuries include back, knee, leg, hip, shoulder, and ankle sprains and strains.
Spinal Decompression Systems
Spinal decompression systems are non-surgical treatment options that provide pain relief for those suffering from herniated discs, bulging discs, and degenerative disc disease in the neck or back. These state of the art technologies provide traction forces on an intermittent cycle which work to decompress your spine to alleviate pressure and restore health and function back to the affected disc(s). For more in depth information, please click here.
Platelet Rich Plasma
By combining cutting-edge technology with the body’s natural tendency and ability to heal itself, Platelet Rich Plasma, otherwise known as PRP, is an emerging solution for accelerating the healing process of tendon related injuries, osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. The platelets in our blood naturally release various healing proteins, which cumulatively work to restore tissue healing. By utilizing your own blood, PRP treatments provide for an effective formulation of healing proteins to rejuvenate and naturally accelerate your body’s natural repair mechanism.
Trigger Point Injections
Trigger points are knots that form due to overactive muscles. Many active trigger points may be relieved through the use of physical therapy. If you are experiencing pain coinciding from consistently active trigger points, however, then a trigger point injection would be an effective modality to rid you of your pain.
Administered by a doctor, a small needle is inserted into the trigger point area. The injection may contain normal saline or some type of local anesthetic to numb the area such as lidocaine. At times, it may include a corticosteroid as well. Numbing medication is administered to ensure maximum comfort during treatment. The needle will gently move throughout the area to ensure the entire area is treated and is extracted once the muscle is relaxed, or the local twitch response halts.
Viscosupplementation is a procedure used to treat knee osteoarthritis. The goal of this procedure is to make it easier for your bones to move over each other and to help with your joint’s ability to absorb shock. This is achieved by adding hyaluronic acid, a natural substance which can be found in the synovial fluid of our joints, to the knee joint Studies have shown that those suffering from osteoarthritis have a smaller concentration of synovial fluid in their joints. For those suffering from arthritis of the knee, viscosupplementation would be an effective treatment option to reduce your pain. Typically, treatments are administered on a weekly basis over a three to five week span.
Ultrasound Guided Joint Injections
Depending on the source of the pain, the utmost accuracy may be required. The structure of the pain source may sometimes be only a couple millimeters and it is best to not interfere with the surrounding structures. In this case, we offer ultrasound guided joint injections, which provide for a more precise needle placement. The ultrasound machine displays the area of pain in real time imaging. With this, we can then ensure we guide the needle with pin-point accuracy.
We can provide these injections for a variety of conditions, from knee inflammation to shoulder tendinitis. After receiving these injections, most patients will feel relief for weeks or, in some cases, months. Stretching and proper exercise remain an integral part of the healing process after receiving such treatment and also helps with future prevention.
Your nerves electronically send signals to your brain; your motor nerves signal movement, and sensor nerves to signal about your surroundings. These signals may be affected or halted by nerve or muscle conditions. Through electrodiagnostic testing, your doctor can measure the speed and degree of electrical activity that these nerves are producing to effectively diagnose your conditions.
Maintaining a poor posture for an extended period of time or an improper chair or desk height can contribute to musculoskeletal conditions and illnesses. Other factors can include repetitive lifting, pushing, pulling or carrying or objects. Although you may not be able to control certain factors, such as the physical demands of your everyday activities, there are preventative measures that you may take to avoid developing musculoskeletal conditions. Proper ergonomics and posture are imperative attributing factors to your overall health. By practicing and maintaining good posture, your chances of developing health conditions like carpel tunnel, neck and lower back issues are drastically reduced. While getting treated at our office, we provide a great deal of ergonomic instructions for your daily activities. To schedule an ergonomic workshop at your workplace, please call (212) 867-1111.
Your body is comprised of several points and meridians that, when triggered, can induce certain reactions, such as pain relief, to specified points. These acupuncture points stimulate internal painkillers and blood flow to your muscles, nerves, and tissues. Acupuncture is an effective treatment for a plethora of conditions and illnesses including Fibromyalgia, Lower back pain, Osteoarthritis, Headaches, in addition to a magnitude of other conditions. Acupuncture can be an effective treatment by itself or it can be an adjunct to physical therapy for several illnesses and conditions; these include neck or lower back pain, joint pains such as knee or shoulder pain, osteoarthritis, headaches, or fibromyalgia, to name a few.
Getting the right nutrients, eating healthy, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are the key components to overall well-being. A nutritionist can place you on the proper path to achieving optimal wellness. With a consultation, a nutritionist can tell you what deficiencies you have, in addition to your food sensitivities and allergies, and provide you with a structured diet regimen. Following your personalized guideline will enable you to prevent or treat illness and become physically and mentally healthy.
Having the proper workstation and environment is crucial to the promotion of overall health and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders and conditions. In correlation with our initiative to promote healthy work environments that are conducive to your well-being, we are available to provide you with the knowledge of the appropriate ergonomic measures to be enacted. Please call us to schedule an Ergonomic workshop at your workplace.
Healthy employees correlate to an improved and more productive workplace. Provide your employees with access to resources that promote health and well-being. If you would like to schedule a health fair at your workplace, feel free to contact us and ask for our office manager.