Our Back and Neck Pain Center's Team
In many cases, patients will find that the Center’s medical director (a psychiatrist specializing in rehabilitation medicine and pain management) is able to provide both diagnosis and treatment—possibly during the course of a single visit. However, the Center’s multidisciplinary team is available—on the Hospital campus, when referrals are necessary.
Physician specialists on the team include:
- Radiologists, who read and interpret x-rays, CT scans and MRI scans.
- Neurologists, who may be consulted for confirmation of diagnosis or for treatment, if symptoms appear to indicate a disease of the nervous system.
- Neurosurgeons, if surgery is being considered. Neurosurgeons at NYM are skilled in a number of minimally invasive, as well as conventional, procedures.
- Orthopedic surgeons, if surgery is being considered.
- (In some cases, either a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic surgeon can perform recommended surgery. The Center’s medical director will make the appropriate surgical referral.)
- Radiation oncologists, who can offer curative treatment and/or pain management for primary or metastatic spinal tumors.
- Anesthesiologists, who can offer the best advanced pain management techniques for refractory spinal pain.
- Psychiatrists, who may be able to help patients in cases where there is indication of a mind/body connection.
Other health care professionals who are part of the team include
- Psychologists, who may work independently or with psychiatrists, when a mind/body connection that causes symptoms seems likely.
- Physician assistants, who work together with the physician specialists to provide care.
- Nurses, who specialize in care of patients with back and neck injuries or disease.
- Rehabilitation therapists, who provide the physical and/or occupational therapy prescribed by a physician.
- Radiation therapy technologists, who operate the machines and equipment used to provide radiation therapy.
- Radiographers, who perform imaging examinations.
- Chiropractors, alternative medicine practitioners who may be able to provide pain relief through manipulation of the spine.
- Licensed acupuncturists, alternative medicine practitioners, who may be able to provide pain relief through this ancient Eastern practice, which involves placement of thin needles into various points on the body.
For more information, please call 718.369.2225.