Welcome to H&D Physical Therapy!

Physical Therapy for Knee Pain in New York City


NYC’s leading physical therapy clinic since 1997

We believe that in order to reach your goals, you need one-on-one time with your own personal therapist.  Our approach of combining highly skilled therapy with closely monitored personalized care has been widely recognized.  H&D Physical Therapy for Knee Pain in New York City has been chosen as the sole provider of therapy services for 10 fortune 500 companies.

1997

In the mid-90’s, insurance carriers started becoming more profit-driven than they had ever been before. This aggressive bottom-line focus was reflected in greatly reduced reimbursements that affected how physical therapy was delivered. 

Many providers responded by looking for ways to double, triple or even quadruple the number of patients they could see in an hour.  As a result, the quality of care suffered. If you had neck pain, there was only enough time to look at your neck and then treat your neck.  

Greg and Rob refused to treat patients as if they were part of an assembly line. They said, ‘Enough is enough’ and in 1997 H&D Physical and Occupational therapy was established with a mission to provide one-on-one integrated science-based holistic therapy.

What does that mean?

Every small child knows some version of Them bones.  You might be humming it right now—…the hip bone’s connected to the back bone, the back bone’s connected to the neck bone

Our musculoskeletal system is truly an extraordinary feat of (bio)engineering. An interconnected and complex chain of events is required every time we move.  Pain often occurs when there is a disruption somewhere in that chain and it is possible that pain in one area may be caused by a problem located in a different part of the body.

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For example, wrist pain, numbness, or tingling in the fingers are hallmarks of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Typically, this is caused by a compressed nerve in the wrist due to repetitive movements such as typing or using a mouse.  However, these symptoms might actually originate from poor posture, tense muscles, nerve compression in the neck and pain traveling down the arm and into the hand.  These two diagnoses cannot be differentiated if an isolated symptom approach is used.  Integrated evidence-based holistic therapy means we consider biomechanics, your lifestyle and how you work to arrive at the correct diagnosis. 

Our Treatment Philosophy

We treat people, not body parts.  Our PTs and OTs give you their undivided attention during your session. If you are in pain, we are on a quest to discover “why?” After we ask, ‘Where does it hurt? we take the time to ask: 

  • When does it hurt?
  • What position are you in when it hurts?
  • How does it affect your day?
  • Where else in your body might you be weak or stiff?
  • Have you had these symptoms in the past?
  • What does your typical day look like (sleeping, eating, stress levels, etc.)?
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Equally important, we take the time to really listen to your answers.  This often uncovers surprising root causes for the pain or injury.  In fact, we once cured a right-handed pitcher’s recurring elbow pain by treating his left foot.

Using a systems approach, we analyzed his pitching form, and saw that when his left foot landed on the ground, he was a bit off balance which resulted in an inefficient movement pattern. This movement pattern increased stress to the right elbow. 

By improving his left foot mobility and balance, his right elbow pain disappeared.  A symptom approach that focused solely on treating the elbow pain, without addressing the root cause, would not have produced the same successful outcome.

We have thousands of stories like this one.  Whether you’ve never tried physical therapy before, or you have and it didn’t work for you, we offer a new perspective and the personalized one-on-one care you deserve.  Schedule an appointment today.

If you have questions regarding treatments available, or whether PT is appropriate for you, please contact us. We would be happy to discuss your situation in advance of an evaluation session.

Orthopedic Injuries and Conditions

Who can benefit from Orthopedic Physical Therapy?

Physical Therapy can help individuals who have mild to severe pain or limitations which may be intermittent or continuous. Whether you have had trauma, a repetitive use injury, muscle strains, misaligned joints, disc degeneration or a pinched nerve, a full physical therapy evaluation can determine the root cause of your current symptoms and get you back to efficient function.

Skilled physical therapy can help with loss of function or pain in any of the following areas:

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  • Spine: neck, thoracic, lumbar (lower back), sacrum and coccyx
  • Upper Extremities: shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand and fingers
  • Head and jaw
  • Lower Extremities: Hip, groin, knee, ankle, foot and toes
  • As well as in conditions that result in difficulty walking, running, standing, sitting, sleeping, bending, lifting and chewing

Diagnoses we treat include:

  • Repetitive Strain Injuries – RSI: rotator cuff tear, labral tear, shoulder and hip impingement syndromes, tendinitis and tendinosis
  • Soft-tissue Injuries: muscle, tendon and fascia strains and sprains, bursitis
  • Radicular pain / Radiculitis: pain from the neck or back down the arm, or leg, sciatica
  • Neuritis – inflammation of the nerve
  • Head and face traumas and pain, concussion
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ, TJD)
  • Neck injuries and pain: bulging disc, herniated disc, degenerative disc disease (DDD), degenerative joint disease (DJD).
  • Shoulder injuries: rotator cuff tears, bursitis, frozen shoulder, impingement, shoulder dislocation, AC joint dislocation
  • Elbow injuries: cubital tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), golfer’s or baseball elbow (medial epicondylitis), etc.
  • Wrist and hand injuries: carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, de Quervain’s syndrome, etc.
  • Back pain: sciatica, disc herniation, DDD, DJD, rib traumas and pain
  • Sacroiliac dysfunction (SIJ): pain in the buttock area, piriformis syndrome
  • Coccydynia: tail bone pain, coccyx misalignment, fractured coccyx
  • Hip derangements and pain: hip bursitis, groin pain, and buttock pain, etc.
  • Knee traumas: ligamentous injuries – ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL, torn meniscus, chondromalacia patella, patellofemoral syndrome, etc.
  • Foot and ankle problems: Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, foot neuromas, tarsal tunnel syndrome, etc.
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What is orthopedic physical therapy treatment?

Each patient and diagnosis are different. Physical therapy treatments used to treat orthopedic injuries and conditions vary and can include:

  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Joint mobilization
  • Myofascial release
  • Visceral mobilization
  • Neuromuscular reeducation
  • Positional release techniques
  • Proprioceptive training 
  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)
  • Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM),

Patient education is an important element of your treatment and may include:

  • Postural reeducation
  • Nutritional education 
  • Specific strengthening exercises, functional lengthening exercises, and exercises for core and global muscle strengthening and coordination.
  • Balance training

Who treats orthopedic conditions at H&D Physical Therapy?

Assessment and treatment are performed by licensed physical therapists specially trained to address musculoskeletal conditions. If you are experiencing any of the above diagnoses or symptoms schedule an appointment today.


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Common Knee Problems & Treatments

Did you know that the knee is one of the most common body parts to have problems too? The reason is that it’s essential to our everyday lives. There is not one day that we go without using it. Many wear and tear are caused by activities such as walking, running, bending, and standing. H&D Physical Therapy is here to solve all of your Knee problems. Schedule an appointment for Physical Therapy for knee pain in New York City today!

What are Common Knee Problems?

Many knee problems affect people of all ages. Some of these problems occur over overtime as we age and continual wear and tear on the Knee. If you’re batting with Knee problems, Physical Therapy for knee pain in New York City can help you recover. Down Below are the most common Knee problems:

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  • Sprained Ligaments- This occurs when the ligament and or muscle gets twisted in a specific direction. Some of the pain that will occur would be swelling and difficulty walking.
  • Torn Cartilage- Since the Knee is made up of cartilage that connects the muscles, a tear in the cartilage can cause the Knee not to function correctly. You will have to wear a brace to protect the Knee because it needs some support to help heal back together.
  • Tendonitis- The more you overuse your Knee, the higher chance this will likely occur. If you participate in any activities such as running, jumping, or cycling, these will be the reason for your pain.
  • Arthritis- This process affects your joints as you become older. If the joints have a lot of stress, such as being overweight or having an injury, this is the leading factor. 

What Can I Do to Prevent Knee Problems?

Not all Knee injuries are going to give everyone the same type of problems. Since everyone is certain different people can recover faster than others. It’s essential to seek help if you have any of the listed problems stated above. It’s not fun to be hurting so, schedule an appointment for Physical Therapy for knee pain in New York City if you are in pain. Here are some of the best ways to try to prevent any of these problems from occurring:

  • Keep the excess weight off– Maintaining a healthy weight can decrease the chance of these problems from happening. Your Knees are the focal point of your body; they hold everything up. The more weight you put on, the harder it is for your joints to stay intact.
  • Stay in Shape- Keeping your muscles as strong as possible is one of the best ways to prevent any injuries from occurring.
  • Stay Flexible- If you have weak muscles, they’re one of the leading causes of pain. Your body depends on your knees, so keeping your legs strong can help alleviate problems. It’s also important to stretch each time after your workout to decrease the chance of causing any injuries.
  • Be Smart- You know how much your body can take. Don’t over push yourself because it can cause tremendous pain later on. Take activities lightly and only as much as you can. Try other workouts that may benefit your Knees, such as swimming, for instance. It’s a great aerobic exercise that keeps a lot of pressure off of your knees.

Best Stretches for Knee Pain

  • Five to ten minutes of walking or cycling 
  • Heel to calf stretch
  • Hamstring stretch
  • Quadriceps stretch

Physical Therapy for Knee Pain in New York City

It’s essential to keep our Knees as healthy as possible to prevent any injuries from occurring in the future. As mentioned above, we need our Knees in our everyday lives to function properly daily. H&D Physical Therapy is here to solve all of your Knee problems. Schedule an appointment for Physical Therapy for knee pain in New York City today!


Contact Us Today For Physical Therapy For Knee Pain in New York City

H&D Midtown

Gregory Hullstrung, PT, Cert. MDT, FAFS

Asra Abdullah, PT, MS, DPT, OCS, CCCE

Javier Benitez, PT, DPT

Robert Corcoran, PT, DPT, CSCS

Livia Li, PT, DPT

Alison Hovey, PT, DPT, CFMT

H&D Upper East Side

Sonrisa Desales Aparece, PT

Sheryl Comet, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS

Maya Foley, PT, DPT, CPI, HHC, RYT

Aaron Huppert, PT, Cert. MDT 

Patricia Marino, PT, MA

Katherine Uy, PT, DPT, CFMT, OCS

If you have questions regarding treatments available, or whether PT is appropriate for you, please contact us. We would be happy to discuss your situation in advance of an evaluation session.