Pain & Injury Doctors Network is pleased to announce the opening of 2 new accident injury clinics in Niagara Falls, NY and Williamsville, NY. VKP Pain & Injury Clinics will serve the workforce healthcare and …
You don’t have to live with chronic pain. No more worries about things falling apart around you, missing work, losing relationships, feeling physically and mentally broken. Pain and injury doctors help you manage your pain. Start living a pain free life today.
Great News! Pain and Injury Doctors present the opening of the new location Total Body Works Medical in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Now accepting new appointments. Total Body Works Medical 360 Neptune Avenue, 6th Flr. Brooklyn, …
Workers’ compensation insurance, purchased by an employer provides coverage to employees fallen ill or injured on the job. Pain and Injury Workers’ Compensation Tutorial offers listings to doctors who take workers compensation insurance in New …
New York State’s workers’ compensation allows medical treatment necessary for your employees suffering a work-related injury or illness, at the expense of their employer. You have the right to pick your own doctor. This article …
The history of Physiatry ( physicians specializing in physical medicine; residencies or fellowships in PM&R) dates back to 1946 in the World Wars era. Injured soldiers returning from active duty traumatic injuries such as spinal cord injuries, amputation, fractures, etc…
The Physiatry specialty was developed to enable doctors to identify their patients’ physical impairments and functional disabilities and then rehabilitate them back to improved functional independence, restoring them to healthy, productive lifestyles. Today, physiatry is used to treat patients suffering spinal cord injury, fractures, and chronic pain from work injuries, car accidents, and sports injuries.
How do we find PMR physiatrists who are board certified by the American Academy of Physical Medicine (AAPMR) and Rehabilitation and the American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM&R). Well these specialty doctors are located throughout the United States. You just need to know what to look for. New York & New Jersey pain specialists practicing acute and chronic pain management acn be searched by accessing painandinjury.com. Pain and Injury Doctors Musculoskeletal Resources (MSR) provides doctors specializing in sports medicine, physical therapy and rehabilitation, neck and back pain relief, carpal tunnel syndrome, work and auto-related injuries including disability assessment.
For more information on physiatry, visit www.painandinjury.com to begin living a pain free life. Physiatry, offers non-surgical treatments for pain. Physiatry is broken down into three major areas of medical care: diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and pain syndromes, electrodiagnostic medicine, and rehabilitation of patients with severe impairments. Physical therapy requires educating patients on how to utilizing proper exercises designed to improve posture, coordination, and stamina to avoid injury, as well as prescription medication management and interventional injections (Injections—also called nerve blocks—work to provide temporary pain relief) for chronic pain syndromes.
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – Physiatry . Find Pain Specialists in New York & New Jersey
CHRONIC PAIN IS REAL. YOUR NOT ALONE!
“My visit to the pain doctor today was disappointing. He said he could do the steroid block on my neck where the disk and the Spine was narrowing at c6-c7 but he couldn’t promise it would take away the pain. Frustrated, I cried. It’s hard for doctors to understand how someone can be in pain for 30 years. They don’t get it. I’ve been on hydrocodone for 15 years. He told me the best thing to do is to get off them bc he wasn’t prescribing pain meds. I Have severe fibromyalgia and CFS also. What good is a pain doctor that doesn’t prescribe pain meds? Now what are my choices ? Surgery is not an option unless the disks ruptures. What do I do? Who do I see?” Tina
As in Tina’s case, chronic pain is defined as a pain that has lasted more than three months.
X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans, diagnostic injections or blocks are used by pain specialists in order to identify what’s causing an individuals pain. Interventional injections and blocks can be diagnostic and therapeutic at the same time. Doctors will use an EMG, to obtain information about the muscles and nerves in the body when diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome, a pinched nerve, radiculopathy, sciatica, neuropathies, and muscle diseases.
MSR Resources serving the east coast (NY/NJ) provides information on pain specialists that offer many procedures, that including epidural injections, facet blocks, Botox, trigger point injections, and electrodiagnostic testing. Their mission is to treat patients with trigger point injections, pinpointing muscular pain. If this don’t in treating pain, the next step would be to assess whether or not the pain is coming from a joint by performing diagnostic and therapeutic facet block injections. If the patients report pain relief then procedures like epidural injections would be considered suggesting disc or nerve related problems.
THE EXAM – WHAT TO EXPECT
New patient consultations begin with reviewing the patients medical history and an examination. Dr. Michael Monfett, MD – Pain Specialist in New York will discuss the patient’s concern’s, diagnose the pain then suggest a treatment plan for that specific patient.
Brooklyn pain specialist Dr. David Delman specializes in treating traumatic injuries caused by car accidents or work-related injuries, is no stranger to performing independent medical evaluations? Dr. Delman one of New York’s top pain doctors provides patients with a work status evaluation.
Patients will find New York pain specialists like Dr. Stella P. Mansukhani, MD. in Washington Heights, NY pleasant by nature, compassionate along with a caring staff that recognizes the importance of making ensuring patients are comfortable, and relaxed. Dr. Mansukhani is the kind of physician who treats her patients with sensitivity, educating them on the available treatments that will allow a healthier pain free life. #painfreelife
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – A review of rehabilitative principles, modalities, and equipment needs in pain management https://www.practicalpainmanagement.com/treatments/rehabilitation/physical-medicine-rehabilitation
Work-related pain and injury and barriers to workers’ compensation. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15727981
History of the Specialty http://www.aapmr.org/about-physiatry/history-of-the-specialty
Most athletes, dancers, will in their careers will face both physical, emotional strains, and possible injury, in their chosen professions.
Take acclaimed ballerina Wendy Whelan who in 2013 underwent reconstructive surgery. Whelan, who was 46 at the time, feareing that she would never dance again. But after months of injury rehabilitation and physical therapy, she returned briefly to the company she had danced with for more than three decades.
Whelan took her final bow with the New York City Ballet in October 2014. Now, nearly three years after leaving ballet, Whelan continues to perform contemporary dance. She says she feels liberated in her new life: “I’ve been strapped in — physically strapped in to pointe shoes, strapped into a leotard and tights, my hair’s been strapped up — for my whole entire life. … I was terrified to be unconstricted, and now I don’t know another way I’d rather be.”
Wendy Whelan danced with the New York City Ballet for three decades. Read about her injury to recovery.
The documentary Restless Creature chronicles Whelan’s injury to recovery and final performance with her company.
On the hip injury that hastened her retirement from ballet
It came out of nowhere, literally came out of nowhere. I slipped, ironically, on Sept. 11, 2012, and I knew something had happened. It was the smallest slip, but I felt it deep in the back of my hip hamstring area. And I thought … I pulled my hamstring; I didn’t imagine it would be a tear.
Hamstring injuries are very common in athletes. Acute hamstring strains can occur with high-speed running or with excessive hamstring lengthening. … The article focuses on diagnosis, treatment and return to play considerations for acute hamstring strains and proximal hamstring tendinopathy in the athlete.
I couldn’t do certain dances that season. I did some. I didn’t do the ones that I was really well known for and wanted to do. And I waited a few months, didn’t stretch it, still danced at a certain level, and within three months I couldn’t close fifth position. Fifth position, if you don’t know ballet, is the base of ballet. It’s the most basic position that everything moves from, and I literally couldn’t do that. So that was a big shock.
I tried everything. I tried acupuncture. I was going to therapy. I tried massage, everything you can imagine — I had injections, MRIs. And then the MRI came back and said there was inflammation in my hip, so I had my hip drained. The doctor also did an ultrasound and he said, “I see a complex labral tear.” … It was there forever; I just didn’t know it until it was discovered, and it had gotten to a place where it was needing to be fixed. … Eight months later I was on the operating table getting reconstructive surgery.
On choosing to document the end of her ballet career
Wendy Whelan tells of her decision to document the end of her ballet career as being complicated, confusing, exposing her vulnerability. But as filming began Wendy was all on board with the project. She came to like the footage, the directors, filmmakers, especially the cameraman. He had done dance films before, and knew exactly how to move in the studio, following Wendy closely..
The documentation of Wendy’s story turned into a supportive thing, pushing her to bare herself, to open her story up with confidence and creativity.
On showing pain on camera
“My leg wouldn’t accept the weight without a buckle, so dancing was a really big question. That was really hard for me to show, and I actually took a break from the filming at that moment. I needed to get some epidurals in my back and I just was like, “I just need some space.” … I had the cameras leave, because that was just too much for me to show that I couldn’t walk.” states, Wendy Whelan.
Wendy Whelan documents her journey of injury to recovery. Like many athletes who suffer an injury she was faced with “the what now” decision. Wendy was able to go from ballet to contemporary dance.
I felt slowly like … I am now me, and you’re seeing me, the goofy Wendy. I’m not trying to be who you all thought I was for so long. I’m just this girl. I jumped like a little kid a little bit, and I had bad posture and I was walking like a normal person in my bows and I’m like, yep, I’m just a human being and I’ve been this the whole time, but I haven’t been able to show it. Listen to the full interview here.
Like most athletes, most dance careers can last up to 20 years. Some people, as seen with Wendy Whelan, continue dancing until their early 40s or later, and some people have to retire earlier than age 34 because of an injury.
An serious injury can end an athletes or dancer’s career. Because of the risk involved, it is important to work for a company that has worker’s compensation insurance.
Have you been living with chronic pain? Well repeat after me its a New Year, it’s a new me, pain free! It’s 2018, a New Year, and time for a change if you’ve been suffering from chronic pain. Time to set some healthy lifestyle goals with a little help from your local pain specialists.
Follow these simple steps to start a healthier happier pain free life.
Step 1: Start Walking / Exercise
Get circulating. Walking and exercise is said to reduce inflammation, strengthen muscles, and provide healing by sending oxygen-rich blood to the painful area. Follow these steps Workout, rest, recover, repeat.
Step 2: When it’s time to sleep – go to sleep
Do you watch TV or are you on your phone before going to bed? Shut off that TV. Put those electronics away. Start counting sheep. You don’t need distractions. Turn off the lights and go to sleep. Studies have shown that sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions.
Step 3: If you smoke – STOP
Studies have shown that smokers experience pain more frequently than non-smokers.
Quitting smoking can help most of the major parts of your body: from your brain to your DNA.
Quitting smoking can re-wire your brain and help break the cycle of addiction. …
Lungs. Stop lung damage. …
Blood and the Immune System. Normal white blood cell count.
Step 4: Sit at work often – stand up often
Sitting is the new smoking. Studies show that sitting for long periods of time can cause chronic back pain and neck pain. So stand up and walk. Standing and walking (extension) can minimize the available space along your spine and crowd exiting nerve roots.
Have you been living with chronic pain? Well repeat after me its a New Year, it’s a new me, pain free!
Joint pain in the winter should be of no surprise really. Studies show that the cold out there is frightful especially to joints causing aches and pains. The freezing temperatures in the winter causes our muscle tissues to expand and possibly put pressure on our joints causing irritation, stiffness and swelling, which can aggravate our nerves resulting in pain.
Cold Weather and Joint Pain, Predictable
Why do my joints hurt when it’s cold?
Why does my body ache in cold weather?
Why do joints hurt when weather changes?
Why do people with arthritis ache when it rains?
Individuals suffering joint pain will immediately assume they’re experiencing some sort of injury. Not necessarily. Runners for instance will experience joint pain when running during the winter season. Cold weather has been know to cause joint aches and pains.
“Pain in the knees, for example is a common complaint among athletes and weekend warrior patients, especially in cold winter seasons,” say’s Dr. Michael Monfett, MD a New York City pain specialist. “Joint pain occurs in the the knees, hips, and ankles. We see this complaint often among marathon runners who exercise outside in the cold.” add Dr. Monfett.
Avoiding those aches and pain would require certain measures to be taken before that run.
Properly warming up before working out.
Wearing appropriate clothing before going to be outside.
After a workout properly cool down.
Stretch after a workout.
Following these simple procedures will help with winter joint pain. If the joint pain worsens talk to a pain specialist / physical therapist to make sure you’re not injured.
“Joint pain doesn’t necessarily suggest an injury, but if the pain worsens, that may suggest injury,” says Says Dr. Monfett. “Remember that pain is your body’s warning system, and you need to listen to it,” Says Dr. Monfett. “Consistent joint pain could be the beginning signs of arthritis, and it is best to address it earlier on.” And of course, having joint pain or stiffness year-round—not just when the temps are low—is also a warning sign. “This could mean a structural problem in the knee cap or joint,” adds Dr. Monfett, and should be addressed by an expert.
A 2014 study of people with osteoarthritis (OA) published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders asked participants if and how weather influenced their pain. Of the 712 people who answered the survey, 469 (67%) said they were weather sensitive. It turns out that weather-sensitive people with OA experience more joint pain overall than their non-weather-sensitive counterparts.
A 2011 article published in European Journal of Pain found similar results in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The researchers looked at nine previously published studies of people with RA and concluded “pain in some individuals is more affected by the weather than in others, and that patients react in different ways to the weather.”
Joint pain can anytime throughout the year, but in the cold season of winter you may find it harder to cope with.
Patients with arthritis, neck pain or other types of musculoskeletal issues tend to report most weather-related pain. “Weather doesn’t seem to have as much effect on nerve pain, like complex regional pain syndrome or neuropathy. On top of that, cold weather can make it worse, causing muscles, ligaments and joints to get stiffer and more painful.
It’s better to be safe than sorry. If your pain persists past the cold season you may need to see your local sports medicine pain management physician.
We believe your chronic pain is real. Lets keep the conversation open.
Whenever anyone reads an article about pain the headline usually reads, “Opioid Crisis…” Conversations have been sidetracked causing the real issue “living with pain”, to be shelved, gathering dust, ignored and eventually forgotten. Over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Now that’s not a lonely number. 100 million is not a number to ignore.
Musculoskeletal Resources is committed to keeping an open conversation going as long as chronic pain exists — indefinitely! The subject matter of our conversations will solely focus on the people who live with chronic pain. Our conversations will be judgment free, listening, and offer creative and innovative outlets to the problem of chronic pain.
All pain is real.
Some New York pain management doctors treat chronic pain with non surgical alternative methods that reduce pain without the dash of addiction. These pain specialists utilize therapeutic injections into the spine (epidurals), nonopioid therapies, such as physical therapy, or other procedures, such as radio frequency ablation, a medical procedure whereby high energy radio waves are used to heat up the nerves in order to prevent the transmission of pain signals.
Lets talk about pain — Its starts in the brain.
Pain starts in the brain. The brain is sent a message that you are in pain. Pain is something that we all at some point experience. But understanding pain isn’t so simple. We all experience pain in different ways and the manner in which our brain processes these signals can vary significantly. Pain still remains a mystery considering that it is an epidemic.
MSR will continue to reach out to tell individuals in chronic pain in order to provide support. Remember you are not alone!
According to the National Center for Health Statistics (2006), approximately 76.2 million, one in every four Americans, have suffered from pain that lasts longer than 24 hours and millions more suffer from acute pain. Chronic pain is the most common cause of long-term disability.
Synergy Spinecare is pleased to welcome Dr. Maria Cabodevilla-Conn, MD, MBA to Synergy Spinecare Clinic in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Dr. Maria Cabodevilla-Conn, MD is both a physiatrist and pain management specialist who is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as pain medicine. Dr. Maria Cabodevilla-Conn, MDn graduated from NYU with honors and majored in both biology and Spanish literature. She received her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She was the recipient of a Dean’s fellowship for the entire duration of her medical school training.
Dr. Maria Cabodevilla-Conn, MD completed her physical medicine and rehabilitation training at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and her fellowship in pain medicine and palliative care at Beth Israel Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Maria Cabodevilla-Conn, MD also has an MBA in health care administration. Dr. Maria Cabodevilla-Conn, MD is also a board certified Long Island pain specialist.
Her experience and professional training also make Dr. Maria Cabodevilla-Conn, MD a valued doctor to Synergy Spinecare’s New Jersey practice.
Synergy SpineCare Clinic is located Synergy Spinecare & Rehabilitation Medicine, P.C. 381 Teaneck Road (Lower Level) Teaneck, NJ 07666. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Maria Cabodevilla-Conn, MD, call 201.530.1300.
We welcome Dr. Maria Cabodevilla-Conn, MD, MBA to the pain and injury family of doctors dedicated to healing.
Dr. Maria M. Cabodevilla-Conn, MD Joins Synergy Spinecare & Rehabilitation Medicine NJ.
Medical School – University of Rochester
Baruch College (Master’s)
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Pain Medicine (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
American College of Physician Executives
Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports, and Occupational Rehabilitation
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
American Medical Student Association
Awards and Publications
Resident Physician Council Representative to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Lady Gaga’s chronicles her struggles in her career and with chronic pain. Her vulnerability , honestly and unpredictable future with chronic pain shows others suffering the pain epidemic they are NOT alone.
Lady Gaga’s New Netflix Documentary Hits Home To Those Who Suffer From Chronic Pain.
Fibromyalgia appears to make that problem worse, and being a pop star in chronic pain certainly doesn’t seem easy. One scene shows her having her makeup done for a performance while sitting in a doctor’s examination room.
Pain doctors who specialize in treating fibromyalgia say that the disorder is under-treated and that its sufferers have been stigmatized as chronic complainers.
In general, fibromyalgia patients complain not just of chronic pain but of many other symptoms, Dr. Wolfe said. A survey of 2,500 fibromyalgia patients published in 2007 by the National Fibromyalgia Association indicated that 63 percent reported suffering from back pain, 40 percent from chronic fatigue syndrome, and 30 percent from ringing in the ears, among other conditions. Many also reported that fibromyalgia interfered with their daily lives, with activities like walking or climbing stairs.
“I use the word ‘suffer’ not for pity, or attention, and have been disappointed to see people online suggest that I’m being dramatic, making this up, or playing the victim to get out of touring,” she wrote. It’s not the first time she’s been doubted or criticized about something that her body has gone through. When hip surgery made her cancel her 2013 tour, some folks accused her of faking her injury because of underwhelming ticket sales.
According to the National Institutes of Health, 80 to 90 percent of those affected are women, and since it has traditionally been difficult for women to be heard in our culture, women with this illness may have to speak a little louder in order to really be heard.
Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes muscle pain and fatigue (feeling tired). People with fibromyalgia have pain and tenderness throughout the body.
People suffering fibromyalgia may also have other symptoms, such as:
Painful menstrual periods
Tingling or numbness in hands and feet
Problems with thinking and memory (sometimes called “fibro fog”).
Stars in pain:
Montel Williams: multiple sclerosis
Sinead O’Connor: fibromyalgia condition.
Jillian Michaels: suffers from endometriosis and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
Marcia Cross: suffered from debilitating migraine at 14 years old, which negatively affected her life and work.
Elizabeth Taylor: Born with scoliosis, which can cause an unnatural curvature of the spine, and she suffered back pain for years.
Morgan Freeman: Diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
Kathleen Turner: rheumatoid arthritis—an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks the soft tissue & joints.
Jennifer Grey: suffered chronic pain for years after a neck injury from a 1987 car accident.
September is Pain Awareness Month. New York Doctors Want To Hear your Story.
Tell us your pain story:
We want to hear your story. In acknowledgement of National Pain Awareness Month we will publish your story to our blog as an effort to build awareness around the struggle of 25.3 million U.S. adults in pain in our country.
What types of treatments have you pursued in hopes of relief.
Your contribution to our blog will be our way of giving you a voice. We acknowledge that pain happens and your pain is real.
If you suffer from chronic pain an have exhausted every effort New York Pain Doctors in your area to find out what pain management treatment are available that you have yet to consider. We would like to help.
PRP Therapy (Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy), is a non-surgical treatment that uses the patients own blood to initiate healing and repair of damaged tissue. The platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries. The patients own platelet rich plasma is injected into the damaged, pained joint, muscle, ligament or tendon. PRP treatments allow for faster healing of soft tissues.
Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP Therapy) Popular with Professional Athletes
The Angels’ Garrett Richards chose injection treatments, not surgery, and now he’s back.
Alex Rodriguez used PRP therapy after he underwent hip surgery in 2009. … Blood is made up of white blood cells, red blood cells, plasma and platelets. Platelets help the blood clot and also secrete growth factors, which are healing proteins.
Stephen Curry had Platelet-Rich Plasma for a grade 1 MCL sprain during Game 4 of the team’s first-round series against the Houston Rockets in 2016.
Rafael Nadal, Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, Alex Rodriguez, Zack Greinke and Hines Ward — who have tried the treatment.
British footballer John Terry even shared an Instagram photo of himself receiving the treatment.
Los Angeles Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell got a platelet-rich plasma injection to alleviate pain in his left knee. After having the injection on Nov 23, he missed 11 games to pave way for full recovery.
Philadelphia 76ers Jerryd Bayless got his PRP injection to heal his wrist.
New York Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his injured right shoulder.