Good news for Long Islanders whose spinal or other musculoskeletal injuries can’t wait for a regular appointment. Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine, a well-respected practice of spine specialists and physiatrists who focus on pain relief and restoration of function, is offering a new service designed for those who need more immediate care. This “Spine-1-1” service (1-888-Spine-1-1) is now available at our Great Neck and East Meadow locations under the expert direction of Dr. Perry Zelinger and Dr. Areeb Chator.

Note: Although we offer same-day appointments and prompt attention, if you have a medical emergency, please dial 911.

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We Offer a Nonsurgical Approach to Healing

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Physiatry is a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation specialty with a pragmatic outlook. In more cases than you might imagine, we are able to help our patients recover from injuries and chronic conditions without the trauma and risks of surgery. One of the primary reasons for this is that we take a multidisciplinary, holistic approach, always aware of the body-mind connection.

Because we use a broad range of treatments, both traditional (e.g. customized physical therapy, acute medication management, as well as fluoroscopically and ultrasound guided therapeutic injections) and complementary (acupuncture), we give our patients the best chance of prompt recovery. Beyond that, we are excellent diagnosticians with cutting-edge diagnostic equipment, so we make certain we are properly addressing the root cause of your problem before we decide on treatment options. We also work very closely with our colleagues across all disciplines of spine care.

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Examples of When Same-Day Appointments May Be Necessary

Depending on the nature, severity, and location of a spinal disorder or injury, it may require prompt attention. In many cases, same-day diagnosis is needed to rule out medical issues that may need urgent intervention. In any case, our highly qualified same-day spine specialist has the experience and skill set to provide our patients with constructive direction.

You may need a same-day appointment for diagnosis and/or treatment of any number of sudden injuries due to accidents, overuse, or sports participation, such as:

  • Sprain or strain, acute neck or back pain
  • Pinched nerve in the cervical or lumbar spine
  • Sciatica or radiculopathy
  • Disc herniation
  • Sacroiliac (SI) joint pain
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Myofascial pain
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Advantages of Same-Day Appointments

Any injury that results in severe pain or impaired mobility may require a same-day appointment. Seeing our skilled physician promptly has the advantage of:

  • Distinguishing a minor injury from a more serious one
  • Establishing an early and accurate diagnosis
  • Allaying fear and allowing effective treatment to commence without delay
  • Advantages of Same-Day Appointments
  • Receiving therapy on the spot so you spend less time in pain
  • Receiving guidance about how to lessen pain at the moment and keep from exacerbating the problem in the near future
  • Expediting consultation with our colleagues across the specialties of spine care when indicated

Making a same-day appointment can provide you with immediate peace of mind and prevent avoidable complications.

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Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine is happy to be able to provide you with yet another way of receiving the medical help you need in a timely manner. Dr. Zelinger and Dr. Chator will listen empathically to your story, examine you carefully, take whatever steps are necessary to diagnose your condition accurately, and begin administering treatments to relieve your pain, prevent further damage, and put you on the path to a smooth recovery. When indicated, Dr. Zelinger and Dr. Chator will also arrange for prompt attention from one of our many highly skilled clinical specialists and colleagues across the spectrum of diagnostics as well as non-surgical and surgical care.

Contact one of our participating same-day appointment offices now at 1-888-SPINE-1-1 for a same-day appointment. Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine offers same-day (Spine-1-1) appointments at our offices in Great Neck and East Meadow.