Welcome to H&D Physical Therapy!

Physical Therapy for Shoulder 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 Shoulder Pain in New York City has been chosen as the sole provider of therapy services for 10 fortune 500 companies.


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:

Physical Therapy for Shoulder Pain in New York City
  • 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.
Physical Therapy for Shoulder Pain in New York City

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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Physical Therapy For Frozen Shoulder

Physical Therapy for Shoulder Pain in New York City

Are you currently experiencing shoulder pain? Your pain could be caused by various reasons, including a rotary cuff tear, bursitis, or a frozen shoulder. You must get a proper diagnosis so that you can begin your journey to recovery. Our team at H&D Physical Therapy is here to help, as we understand how difficult it can be having to participate in your daily activities while suffering from pain. If you’re looking for physical therapy for shoulder pain in New York City, then schedule a visit with us today!

How to Know if You Have a Frozen Shoulder

Adhesive capsulitis, or frozen shoulder, is a condition that affects your shoulder joint. The capsule surrounding your shoulder joint contracts and thickens, causing scar tissue in the area over time. This reduces the joint’s ability to move efficiently, leaving you with a stiffened shoulder and limited use of your arm. It can take up to 9 months for you to develop a frozen shoulder, and you may not even recall what occurred before you started experiencing symptoms. Some common symptoms that you may notice include:

  • Swelling
  • Shoulder pain
  • Stiffness
  • Limited range of motion

Frozen shoulders are more commonly found in women and adults between the ages of 40 and 60. However, certain factors can increase your risk of developing a frozen shoulder. However, it is possible to develop a frozen shoulder even without them. These include:

  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disorder
  • Heart disease
  • Previous damage to the joint (i.e., fracture or dislocation)
  • Prolonged use of a shoulder sling

How Physical Therapy Can Help

The most common treatment method is physical therapy. Your frozen shoulder can be treated successfully at H&D Physical Therapy without the use of any surgical interventions. Our specialties include services for frozen shoulders and other orthopedic conditions, sports injuries, and so on. With time, you will have reduced pain and regain functional use of your arm.  

For an effective treatment plan, your physical therapist may include a combination of massages, stretches, and exercises.  

  • Foam roller shoulder massage
  • Manual massage
  • Electronic massage
  • Cross-body reach
  • Cross-body stretch
  • Hand-behind-back stretch
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Shoulder blade stability exercises
  • Isometric shoulder exercises

Physical Therapy For Shoulder Pain in New York City

If you believe that you may have developed a frozen shoulder and seek treatment, contact us at H&D Physical Therapy. We have the best physical therapy for shoulder pain in New York City and are ready to help you today! If you have any other questions about our services, please feel free to check out our website.

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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.