The Statue of Liberty that you see here is not just a symbol of New York City. It is the reaching, stretching model of how we here at the Joint Pain Center of New York would like to see each of our patients: limber, strong and pain-free.
That's our goal, to treat patients who have severe joint pain so that they can return to active work and fulfilling recreational activities. Have you heard that old saying about arthritis, 'You've just got to live with it?' That is no longer true. With modern-day medications and specific exercises, doctors at the Joint Pain Center strive to halt damage to joint bone and cartilage, strengthen muscles and restore a patient's energy.
We want to get you moving again, but we're fighting a powerful enemy. There are some types of joint disease that attack the knuckles, knees, hips and ankles with severe inflammation--swelling, pain and reduced ability to flex and bear weight. Other types strike the spine.
Crippling diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and the arthritis of psoriasis can eat away at the bones and the spongy cartilage that sits at the ends of the bones. The result can be chronic disability and constant pain. Ankylosing spondylitis is a painful arthritis of the spine and can result in complete inability to bend it in any direction. Osteoarthritis in the hips, the knees and the spine can make getting out of bed or just walking up and down steps a time-consuming chore. These types of arthritis are not easy to reverse, but Joint Pain Center doctors have the powerful drugs, the technology and the expertise to do it. We also administer some of the potent drugs mentioned below to treat psoriasisand Crohn's Disease, both diseases of inflammation that repsond well to the new drugs called biologics.
Perhaps you’ve heard of medications like methotrexate, the glucosamine/chondroitin sulfates, Remicadeand Enbrel. But do you know about Hyalgan, Synvisc, Arava, Rituxan, Orencia and Cimzia? These are all powerful agents used as defenses against the onslaught of soreness and discomfort that come with various types of arthritis. We use all these medications and more here at the Center, and apply them to each patient based on an individual, in-depth evaluation of his or her history, previous treatments, and on a detailed physical examination.
Many of these drugs are administered by intravenous infusion. You may be surprised to learn that, other than one of the largest rheumatology teaching hospitals in Manhattan, our practice with infusions done at Lenox Hill Hospital uses more infusible medications to treat crippling arthritis than any other specialty center in the city.
Dr. Adlersberg is the Director of Strategic Rheumatology and Infusion Services at Lenox Hill Hospital/ North Shore Health System
We have a well-trained staff, a full infusion facility for intravenous medication administration, and a 24 hour on-call office to service patients, their significant others and their families with considerate and compassionate care. All of our X-rays are done digitally, so that we can view them immediately and see more detail than can be seen with standard X-ray film. We can even give you a copy of your joint pictures on CD-ROM.
Our office hours are structured to accommodate the busy schedules of Tri-State area residents. We accept most insurance plans and our front desk staff is dedicated to taking the drudgery out of claim submission. Our doctors are among the best in the Northeast in the dosing and administration of Remicade, one of the most powerful anti-arthritic drugs of the 21st century.
We also have a division devoted to internal medicine such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. We are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and osteopenia, two conditions of weakened bones. We use the latest oral and intravenous treatments for these disorders.
By the way, joint pain patients should see a rheumatologist, not an orthopedist. Orthopedists operate on broken bones and insert artificial joints. Rheumatologists are experts in arthritis, a chronic joint pain problem. A rheumatologist is the doctor to see if you have persistent joint pain over weeks and months.
We've included some information here on the staff of the Center. There are also pages with information on the most serious types of arthritis and a few of the medications we use to treat them. Please take some time and click on the links to the left to reach them.
We hope you find the following pages informative. However, we may not have answered all your questions. If you have suggestions on how we can better help you or on how to improve our site, please contact us at the email address below.