Eugenio Ramos, 60, was no stranger to aches and pains. But in all of his years of working in hotel maintenance, he hadn't really encountered anything that a few aspirin and a little rest couldn't take care of.

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Back and Neck Pain Center | 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.