Nickhil Gupta, DO is a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Interventional Pain Management. At New York Bone & Joint Specialists, he excels in nonsurgical treatments of musculoskeletal injuries, with a focus on sports injuries in particular. He’s much respected by his peers for his commitment to innovative treatments, and his patient relationships are characterized by a compassionate, helpful approach to everything from diagnosis to recovery.
Dr. Gupta is an Affiliate of the Mt. Sinai Health System, SurgiCare of Manhattan, and the Midtown Surgery Center.
Association of Academic Physiatrists American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation American Medical Association American Osteopathic Association New York State Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medical Society of the State of New York
EDUCATION New York College of Osteopathic Medicine New York Institute of Technology RESIDENCY: PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION NYU Langone Medical Center/ Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine INTERNSHIP St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan
Pain is the most common reason patients seek medical attention. Pain can be simple or very complex. It can have an obvious source such as a cut, burn or broken bone. Or it can be highly elusive, with no obvious source. When that happens, a wide variety of skills and techniques are required to treat and resolve it. That is what we mean when we say that an interdisciplinary approach is often implemented in the treatment plan for pain management.
The typical pain management team may include all or some of these areas of expertise: Physicians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, mental health specialists and massage therapists. Often pain can be resolved quickly, by one practitioner with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), muscle relaxants and/or antidepressants. However, in the case of chronic, long term pain, the coordinated efforts of an interdisciplinary pain management team are usually required.
Pain Management doctors are board-certified in a specialty such as sport injuries, anesthesia, diabetes or oncology. They then undergo an additional one-year fellowship in pain management. The fellowship consists of training in all aspects of pain management. When a board certified physician completes an accredited pain management fellowship, they are eligible for subspecialty board certification in pain management by the American Board of Anesthesiology.
Your pain management specialist will evaluate your particular pain problem by taking a detailed medical history, conducting a physical exam and reviewing any diagnostic tests that you underwent such as X-rays, computed tomography [CAT] scans, or magnetic resonance imaging [MRI] scans.
You will be asked to complete a questionnaire with detailed questions about your pain problem. You should know before your appointment if you will be undergoing a procedure; in that case you may need a driver to take you home.
Your pain physician will provide you with an initial assessment of your pain problem, and perhaps a treatment if indicated. He or she may know exactly what is causing your pain, or may prescribe further diagnostic procedures. In either case, you should have a clearer understanding of the source of your pain, and the course of further evaluation and the treatment that is planned.
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