Spine and Sports Medicine NYC

Spine and Sports Medicine is a comprehensive NYC office providing medical doctors, physical therapy & extensive diagnostic and therapeutic services.

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Located at 275 Madison Avenue in Manhattan.
Call us for an appointment at 212.986.3888
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  • Park farther away from your work entrance
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Stand up when you’re on the phone and feel free to pace around.
  • Bring a stability ball and switch it with your work-chair.
  • Do air-lifting, or weight-lifting motions without any actual weights.
  • Don’t sit all day! Take breaks, walk around, spread out your tasks.
  • Get a stress ball, it may relieve stress and build arm/hand strength!
  • Stretch every hour and sneak in a set of push-ups.  

Via Everyday Health "10 Ways to Exercise at Work"

Amy Kwan attended Hunter College and earned a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy. Years before she went to college, her sister was in a car accident and was treated and restored to full health through physical therapy. Her sister’s successful treatment sparked an interest for Amy to pursue a career in healing people.

Amy has a great appreciation for the patient and physical therapist connection. Her infectious positive attitude and motivation to help people inspires her patients and coworkers to feel better every day. Amy is committed to providing the best possible service for her patients and is truly an expert in physical therapy. 

"Thank goodness for Spine and Sports… Thanks a million to Dr. Kessler, Ross, Amy and Dr. JC and Alison for everything. I would (and already have) recommended your practice to my friends and co-workers.” - Google Review

Imagine this. When you get here it’s all about you. You’re “it”. The entire visit with your physical therapist or doctor is centered around giving you an experience uncommon in today’s impersonal medical world. After all, you are a dignified human being with specific needs that require talented people who truly care, delivered in a spa-like environment that is first class in every respect.

Our goal at Spine and Sports is to markedly improve your life. Pain relief is usually the first step. Restoring your human potential and optimizing your health is next. We continuously ask ourselves the question, “how can we best serve your health needs?” We live in that question. And the answer, in short, is always the same: a commitment to excellence in everything we do. Excellence is the answer. It’s what we value most. As such, our staff is continuously upgrading their knowledge base in order to give you the best.

Spine and Sports combines several specialities: physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, dentists, and other rehab specialists. Each patient is assigned to their own personal physical therapist who knows and understands each patients’ personal and often complex needs. The physical therapists’ and doctor’s goal is to help you move from pain, injury, or dysfunction to pain-free restoration of function in the shortest possible time.

To learn more about New York chiropractic, NYC acupuncture, and New York physical therapy, call us today at 212.986.3888 or visit us online at http://spineandsports.com.

Most people are familiar with tennis elbow but we rarely hear of a common injury in children, Nursemaid’s elbow. This injury is a partial dislocation of the elbow, which occurs when the lower part of the arm (forearm) slips out of its normal position at the elbow joint, caused by a sudden pull on the extended arm. Nursemaid’s elbow generally affects children under the age of five and occurs when a child is picked up or swung around too hard by the hand or the wrist. It is often seen after someone lifts a child up by one arm.


  • Trying to lift the child over a curb or high step
  • When a child is forcibly pulled along or lifted by the forearm
  • Swinging a young child from the arms while playing

Signs of Injury

  • The child usually begins crying immediately and refuses to use the arm.
  • Some children stop crying as the immediate pain goes away but continue to refuse to move the elbow.
  • The child may hold the arm so that it is slightly bent at the elbow and pressed up against the stomach. 
  • The child will move the shoulder, but not the elbow. 
Once the elbow dislocates, it is likely to do so again, especially in the 3 or 4 weeks following the injury, so don’t wait around. If your child is experiencing pain, give us a call at Spine and Sports

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"The Shoulder is a very common site of injury for ‘weekend warriors’. In addition to the superficial deltoid muscles which do the bulk of the movement of this joint, the smaller, internal rotator cuff group is highly susceptible to injury. In fact, it is estimated that by the time we reach the age of 60, 60% of people will have some degree of measurable damage to one of the four rotator cuff muscles.” —Brian Kessler, M.D., Medical Director for Spine & Sports Medicine of NYC.

The shoulder is the most movable joint in the body and the potential causes of shoulder pain are multiple. Most shoulder problems involve the soft tissues — muscles, tendons, and ligaments — that hold the bones of the shoulder in place, and include swelling, inflammation, and the splitting or tearing of tendons. Degenerative conditions, such as tendonitis, bursitis or arthritis, as well as the natural aging process, can also cause shoulder pain. Because the shoulder has such a wide range of motion, problems can be worsened by sports like baseball and tennis, in which the shoulder is extensively used. Other shoulder conditions include shoulder dislocation, shoulder separation, fracture, and “frozen shoulder syndrome,” which occurs when the shoulder is immobilized due to a prior injury.

Our physicians and chiropractors specialize in treating pain and the disorders that cause pain. Our physical therapists are experts in rehabilitation and will help you learn how you can help yourself recover from shoulder injury. When necessary, we will prescribe medication or provide corticosteroid injections to lessen pain and quicken recovery. Whatever the cause of your shoulder pain, the professionals at Spine and Sports Medicine will diagnose and treat it using cutting-edge technology and the finest medical attention.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us at 212-986-3888 or check us out at http://spineandsports.com/

Dr. Tammy Bohne (Chiropractic) attended New York Chiropractic College. As a child her father was misdiagnosed with MS. He endured many tests and complicated procedures before going to a Chiropractor who was highly recommended. The Chiropractor found that he did not have MS and was instead suffering from pinched nerves at the base of his neck. This sparked Dr Bohne’s fascination with the Chiropractic profession.


She is a firm believer that the natural way is the better way. Keeping the body in a state where it can take care of itself is what she teaches her patients here at Spine and Sports Medicine. If you would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 212.986.3888

Sugary Drinks: sodas, energy drinks, sports drinks, fruit drinks and sweetened bottled waters.

  • Sugary drinks are linked to obesity and Type 2 diabetes
  • 25% of of people in the US consume over 200 calories/day from sugary beverages
  • People ages 20-39 that drink sugary drinks consume on average 336 calories/day (2-3 cans of soda)
  • Teens drinking sugary drinks are drinking on average 327 calories/day
  • Sugary drinks account for almost half of all added sugars people consume

Go Healthy!

  • Substitute sugary drinks with water and the occasional glass of milk. Feed your sweet tooth with fresh and natural fruit and vegetable juices. Diet soda is not a good substitute and will not help you lose weight

Spine and Sports Orthopedic Medicine Clinic was established in New York City in 1993 with one mission: to treat individuals who suffer from acute, chronic, and disabling pain & sports injuries. Whether it is pain you’re experiencing from an acute injury, playing a sport, being involved in an accident, or from a chronic problem, our team of pain management doctors can help. We treat conditions caused by physical or emotional stress, trauma, arthritis, or a herniated disc(s).

Schedule an appointment today. 

Different conditions respond to different therapies, and often they respond to two or more therapies given concurrently. In general, physical therapy addresses the muscular and ligamentous component of musculoskeletal problems. Chiropractic addresses the spine, and all the associated structures, including the spinal nerves and intervertebral discs. Massage therapy is helpful for decreasing muscle spasm and tension, and for reducing adhesions and scar tissue in injuries. Together, these therapies have a powerful, synergistic effect that often far exceeds their effects when done individually.

See more Frequently Asked Questions here. To learn more information or to schedule an appointment with Spine and Sports at our Midtown Manhattan location, call us at 212.986.3888 or check us out online at http://spineandsports.com.

Are you a pencil chewer, a jaw clencher? Have pain or tenderness in the jaw, aching pain in and around your ear? “You may want to give us a call,” says Spine and Sports Medicine Medical Director Brian Kessler, M.D. “Jaw pain may be an indicator of temporomandibular joint disorder, known as TMJ — an acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint, which connects the lower jaw to the skull.”

TMJ disorders cause tenderness and pain in the temporomandibular joint — the joint on each side of your head in front of your ears, where your lower jawbone meets your skull. This joint allows you to talk, chew and yawn, and because it combines a hinge action with sliding motions, is one of the most complex joints in your body. Between 5 and 15 percent of people in the United States experience pain associated with TMJ disorders, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, with women between the ages of 30 and 50 most likely to develop TMJ disorders.

“Determining the cause of a TMJ problem is important,” says Dr. Kessler, “because it is the cause that guides the treatment. TMJ problems do not fall clearly into one medical area, so we use a multidisciplinary approach to find the best treatment possible for every patient, often working with specialists from pain management, neurology and physical medicine right in our offices in Manhattan.”

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Our Physical Therapy department is comprised of New York State licensed professionals with extensive knowledge and training in anatomy, physiology, and the biomechanics of the body. They know how to help you get out of pain and back in action. Our therapists use a hands-on approach in conjunction with specific modalities as needed. The most commonly used therapeutic procedures/modalities are:

  • Manual (hands-on) Therapy: Consists of myofascial release techniques, stretching of restricted structures and specific strengthening of weak muscles, soft tissue and joint mobilization/ manipulation, muscle energy and Mulligan techniques. They help restore your back, neck, or other painful areas to the youthful pain-free resilience.
  • Pain Management: Use of moist heat, cryotherapy, ultrasound, phonophoresis, Iontophoresis, and massage.
  • Therapeutic Exercises: Customized for each condition including strengthening, stabilizing, and stretching restricted structures to restore normal pain-free range of motion. The exercises improve movement and proper muscle balance.
  • Postural Corrections: This addresses behavior modification, postural exercise, and self-awareness. We concentrate on correcting musculoskeletal derangements.
  • Home Management Program: A short and detailed home exercise program corresponding to the appropriate stage of condition, including the dos and don’ts of self-management.

For more information or to schedule an appointment give us a call at 212.986.3888 or visit us online at http://spineandsports.com

Spine and Sports Medicine was established in New York City in 1993 with one mission: to treat individuals who suffer from acute, chronic, and disabling pain. Whether it is pain you’re experiencing from an acute injury, playing a sport, being involved in an accident, or from a chronic problem, our team of pain management doctors can help. We treat conditions caused by physical or emotional stress, trauma, arthritis, or a herniated disc(s) located in the neck or lower back.

Pain Management patients at Spine and Sports Medicine have easy access to a broad range of resources. Active collaboration with orthopedists, neurologists, physiatrists, physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and other clinicians greatly broadens the diagnostic and treatment modalities available. Regularly scheduled “interdisciplinary pain team” consultations promote the most efficient use of the patient’s treatment plan, and a quicker, more complete and permanent recovery.

For more information or to schedule an appointment give us a call at 212.986.3888 or visit us online at http://spineandsports.com

Many factors contribute to the visible signs of aging including sun damage, smoking, stress, diet and lifestyle. The skin is our largest organ and reflects the state of our internal health. It is the only organ that we have to take care of from both the inside and the outside.

In Chinese Medicine the state of physical health, emotions, and spirit is reflected on the skin, particularly on the skin of the face. The non-surgical Mei Zen (Beautiful Person) Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture procedure is a holistic, natural and comprehensive skin rejuvenation program designed to restore, revitalize and relax.


  • blood and lymph circulation
  • rehydration
  • production of elastin and collagen proteins
  • reduces tension in the nerves and muscles
  • enhances skin and overall facial appearance
  • softening of wrinkles
  • firmer skin and jaw line

To learn more information or schedule an appointment with Spine and Sports Medicine, give us a call at 212.986.3888 or check us out online at http://spineandsports.com