275 Madison Avenue, Nyc, NY | Directions 1001640.751225 -73.979986
M-F 7:00am - 7:00pm
Neighborhoods: Midtown South Central, Midtown
FRAUD. Charges copious amounts for nothing and acts like it's included. Also prescribes what you want just to get you coming back. BAD DOCTOR!
They've got my vote – I would recommend Spine and Sports Medicine to anyone looking to recover from a serious injury. It's the best place I've ever been to for Physical Therapy in manhattan.
Not only that, but they also have massage, chiropractic and acupuncture on premise, so it has a spa like feel to it.
It's got it all under one roof...very cool.
Great Experience, Highly Recommend For Treatment! – My cousin recommended this place.. got a severe sprained ankle (ugh) from soccer.. First appointment was with Dr. Kessler, he took X-rays and ruled out fractures (thank god).. put me on a therapy schedule with Amy, who was a sweetheart. With icing and exercises.. was feeling almost back-to-normal in a month.
There's good energy in this place, ppl are nice and down-to-earth. The fact that I now feel no pain in my ankle.. is a blessing.. and a lot of icing and elevating. I have friends who still have pain from injuries years old. Back playing again. :)
Grandes Profesionales Fisioterapeutas – Conoci este lugar porque estando de vacaciones me empezo a doler muchisimo la espalda. Mire en internet donde podia ir y me aparecieron muy buenas referencias de este sitio. Me recibieron el mismo dia, me estuvieron preguntando por el problema, y pasaron a darme un masaje. Pude disfrutar del resto de vacaciones sin ningun problema. Pero no termino todo en la consulta, siguieron interesandose por mi espalda y mis dolores musculares (lo cual me parecio muy raro ya que en estos sitios te dan el masaje y se olvidan). Por todo ello quede muy satisfecha por lo bien que me trataron y, sin duda, volvere.
A Great Experience with Physical Therapy – I first contacted Spine and Sports about an ankle injury from a couple years ago that has been acting up. I am an artist and songwriter and moved to NYC 2 years ago to pursue music full-time. I had been caddying 5-6 days a week to support myself out here.. and didn't realize the severity of the damage I was doing to my body. I got out of the caddying gig and decided it was time to treat my pain.. which was in my ankle, back, and neck. I saw Dr. Kessler and we talked about everything from lifestyle to stress to past injuries.. took X-rays.. found a few problems in my ankle, lower back, and my hip (which was dislocated in a skiing accident years ago). He got me on a schedule.. I'm on a 3-day a week program with chiropractic, deep tissue massages, and physical therapy exercises. It's perfect because I can schedule all these services back-to-back so it makes it easy to squeeze it in during a work day. In less than a month I'm feeling better, sleeping better. I have a semi phobia of hospitals and anything medical-related.. but the staff here make me comfortable and the vibe is chilled out.. more of a spa feel than anything medical.
Great experience – I first found out about Spine and Sports on their blog (wont let me put the site exact but it you wanna check it out , (spineandsports.tumblr))I discovered so I decided to take a visit and the office was beautiful. A very medi-spa atmosphere and the receptionists were sweet. One thing that caught my eye, was the one on one service they provide. Walking to meet with my meeting, I seen a client being coached and treated for what seemed to be back pains. The therapist was letting him know what the movements were for and how to better the muscles rather than therapists throwing you on a machine and telling you to "go."
The insurance part is a little different because they accept certain, however it is located on Madison ave and a little high end so it comes with the service. It's better that they ask for it rather than you paying for it all out of pocket.
My Honest Review of Spine and Sports – I went to this place a few months ago. The physical space is very nice when you walk in...but immediately I became suspicious of the manner in which they do business. First and foremost, they were very ambiguous about how my insurance would be billed, stating that even though I had a deductible and co-insurance, I would not be responsible for either of them...yet they refused to give me something in writing stating that. Sounds potentially good...but mostly suspicious....and probably in violation of their contract with my insurance provider
Next I met with their doctor...Dr. Kessler. Also a rather strange experience to say the least. I have a medical degree myself (which I did not tell him as I always want to see how doctors operate without this bias) and I can tell you that this doctor has little or no training, nor depth of knowledge, in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He performed NOT ONE orthopedic test on me. Not one. He is not a physiatrist/PM&R specialist. In fact, I looked at his credentials on the wall of his disheveled, cluttered office...which state that he was trained in surgery...but there are only 3 years of residency represented (at two different institutions. Surgery is a 5 year residency. I believe in NY State a doctor can get a license with only 3 years of residency training even if they didn't complete their training...so perhaps that's his deal. I don't know. But I was less than impressed by his thorough lack of knowledge about the very specialty he is purporting to treat. He just kept telling me "it's all muscular...it's all muscular" based on ZERO valid criteria.
What was also very suspicious was the constant hounding by them for me to do trigger-point therapy (injections of Lidocaine). I actually did do this once out of desperation (with Dr. Kessler) and was SHOCKED when I received my EOB a few weeks later. $1000 for an Lidocaine injection?!! Are you kidding me? I used to work with doctors doing surgical procedures that would last 1-2 hours in an operating room and they were not charging this. AND MY INSURANCE PAID IT!!! What a completely unethical scam on my insurance. How is this allowed? I am contacting my insurance and intend to discuss this at length because they have obviously found a very lucrative loop-hole. What's even more disturbing is that upon doing some research in the PubMed database, this therapy is NOT accepted as effective. Based on the complete lack of diagnostic criteria and evidence that this therapy was appropriate in the first place....and then charging my insurance $1000...I am totally sickened.
I will, however, say that I did find the physical therapy I received to be outstanding. I will concede that for sure. All the therapists there were top notch.
This is my honest review of Spine and Sports. The therapy was, as I have said, outstanding (the therapists were FAR more educated and knowledgeable than Dr. Kessler). But the MD running the show there left a lot to be desired...to put it mildly.
A hidden gem. – For almost 10 years (I am 22!!) I suffered from chronic ankle sprains from an old soccer injury. After seeing an orthopedist in my hometown who gave me steroid injections in my ankle joint, and a podiatrist who did the same thing, I gave up. When I moved to Atlanta for college, I tried to find another place. I got a diagnosis and inserts for my shoes. Long term, not a good solution. Finally, I started looking in the city. I saw one doctor who while nice, wasn't personable and didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. Then I called S&S.
They got me in the same day and after seeing Dr. Kessler, I started physical therapy that day. They didn't want to give me a quick fix - no injections, no inserts, they wanted to find a solution to make me pain free. My PT was amazing, attentive, encouraging, and tough only when he needed to be. I can walk, run, etc without pain and as long as I pay attention and take care of myself, I can even wear heels and flip flops on occasion!
I also began seeing Dr. JC for chiropractic - mostly for convenience as it was all in one office and saved me a trip.
Dr. JC spent at least 45 minutes with me finding out about my lifestyle, stressed, etc to identify where my pain was coming from and how to best address it. I went from near daily migraines, to perhaps a handful in the last 6 months. My back pain no longer drives me to taking massive amounts of anti-inflammatories or keeps me up at night.
The office is awesome, the staff are friendly and always remember your name, they are helpful and I wouldn't put my health in any one else's hands at this point. I'm too young to be in pain and S&S helped me with that!
what I figured out in the first phone call... – I completely understand how important insurance is for such a clinic. Yet when I called as a new patient, I was told that I would be out of network- which I did not see a problem with. The problem came when the receptionist specifically said "well we'll let the doctor determine your treatment based on what insurance will cover."
I do not want my insurance coverage to dictate the type of treatment I receive. For her to assume I wouldnt pay out of pocket and could only treat me based on what my insurance would cover is ludicrous!!
Greatest Place in NYC – I came to Spine and Sports Medicine with lower back pain after a car accident. I went to a few different places in NY and no one could help me. After my first visit, I felt ten times better. Well needless to say after my full treatment, I am able to return to my active daily life style with no back pain.
The front desk staff was pleasant and helpful as well. Obviously it's my responsibility as a patient to know whether my doctor accepts my insurance or not prior to making the appointment, so I have no idea why anyone would be annoyed with being asked if they have insurance.
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