Dr. David Perna of Back & Body Medical is the finest chiropractor I have ever visited. The entire staff is friendly, efficient and highly skilled at what they do. But what?s qualitatively different about them is the way they work with the rest of the medical profession.\r
Unlike those chiropractors who do ?adjustments? on new patients without so much as an x-ray or other diagnostic test -- obviously with potentially serious consequences -- and who put patients on a three-visits-a-week schedule that seems to go on forever without much improvement, Back & Body Medical actually works to cure the condition.\r
They start with a neurological assessment, x-rays if indicated and other diagnostic tests, all at no extra cost to the patient. They follow through with medical referrals where necessary.\r
When it became evident that I might have a torn rotator cuff in my shoulder, I was sent for an MRI at the excellent Park Avenue Radiologists. Their MRI confirmed the tentative rotator cuff tear diagnosis, and Dr. Perna referred me to Dr. Neil Roth of Lenox Hill Hospital, one of the most esteemed arthroscopic ortho surgeons in the city, or anywhere. I am currently holding off on possible surgery to see if physical therapy can resolve the problem, and fortunately Back & Body Medical has superb and dedicated physical therapists, who have been working with me to make that happen, and who really strive to resolve the patient?s problems.\r
The entire Back & Body Medical team is especially strong in sports medicine (as is the ortho surgeon Dr. Perna sent me to, Dr. Roth). All staff -- reception, PTs and doctors -- treat you like a close friend.\r
Back & Body Medical is centrally located, spacious and extremely well-equipped. My job moves next year to a new building on 42nd Street, but if I still need treatment I will certainly make the trip to 58th and Lexington to visit Back & Body Medical.
Pros: Excellent staff, really committed to each patient's recovery; work well with other health professionals
Cons: I haven't found any