We found 3 providers with an interest in spine problems and who accept United Healthcare near Staten Island, NY.
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Dr. Simone Betchen is a specialist in spine surgery and neurosurgery. These areas are among her clinical interests: laminectomy, discectomy (disc removal surgery), and chiari malformation. She attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Betchen completed her residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers.
Relevant Interests: , Herniated Disc, Spinal Stenosis
All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Herniated Disc, Laminectomy, Discectomy, Chiari Malformation, Spinal Stenosis
Dr. Evan Baird is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. He attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Baird include sciatica, spinal cord injuries, and radiculopathy (nerve root disorder). Dr. Baird accepts Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP), Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. He is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital. He is open to new patients.
Relevant Interests: , Spinal Cord Injuries, Radiculopathy, Spondylosis, Herniated Disc, Spinal Stenosis, Spondylolysis, Spondylolisthesis
All Interests: Spondylosis, Sciatica, Radiculopathy, Neck Pain, Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Cord Injuries, Herniated Di ... (Read more)
Dr. Vasilios Kountis is a physiatrist and pain specialist in New York, NY and Staten Island, NY. He obtained his medical school training at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. These areas are among Dr. Kountis's clinical interests: thoracic outlet syndrome, cervical herniated disc, and back strain. Patient ratings for Dr. Kountis average 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and United Healthcare PPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Greek. Dr. Kountis is affiliated with NYU Langone. He welcomes new patients.
Relevant Interests: , Cervical Herniated Disc, Radiculopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Tailbone Problems, Lumbar Stenosis, Spondylosis, Herniated Disc, Degenerative Disc Disease, Compression Fractures, Spinal Arthritis, Cervical Stenosis
All Interests: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Cervical Dystonia, Radiculopathy, Sacroiliac Joint Injection, Cervical Rad ... (Read more)
spine surgeons who accept United Healthcare (5)?
- Correction of spinal deformities, such as scoliosis
- Spinal fusion
- Minimally invasive spine surgery, including decompression surgeries such as discectomy and laminectomy
- Balloon kyphoplasty, a procedure done to repair compression fractures in vertebrae
A chiropractor is a licensed healthcare professional that focuses on restricted movement or inflammation in the joints of the musculoskeletal system that may be putting pressure on the spinal column and nerves. These impingements, as they are known, are thought to affect the health of the entire body. Chiropractors use non-invasive techniques to adjust the restricted joints with the goal of reducing pain and increasing mobility. Chiropractic is generally categorized as alternative or complementary medicine.
Patients may see a chiropractor for any variety of complaint, but most commonly, they seek treatment for back pain, neck pain, headaches, or joint issues. Chiropractors are specially trained to examine the joints, bones, and muscles of the body and to notice misalignment, tenderness, or asymmetry. They also check their patients for range of motion, stability, and muscle tone. Chiropractors are trained in using imaging (such as xrays) and orthopedic or neurologic testing to gain a good understanding of the problems affecting their patients.
When joints have become restricted in their ability to move by injury or inflammation, a chiropractor may perform what is called an adjustment to try and restore motion. When applied to the vertebrae of the spine, this technique is called spinal manipulation. It involves the application of a small amount of force directly to the joint, either by hand or with chiropractic tools (such as a spring-loaded activator). This allows the joint to begin moving freely again, frees up nerve tissues that may have been caught by an inflamed joint, and increases blood flow, all of which encourage healing. When it comes to the spine specifically, the belief is that restoring its structural integrity reduces pressure on surrounding neurological tissues of the spinal column and nerve branches, which reduces pain and improves health.
Chiropractic is one of the fastest growing health specialties in the United States. It can often treat problems with pain and joint mobility effectively, without the use of surgery or medications. Because of this, it continues to gain in popularity.
Orthopedic surgeons, sometimes just called orthopedists, are surgical doctors of the musculoskeletal system. They work to keep your body active and in motion by treating problems with your bones, joints, tendons and muscles. The most frequently treated disorder seen by orthopedic surgeons is osteoarthritis, a common “wear-and-tear” problem where the cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones wears down, causing friction and pain. Orthopedic surgeons might also see patients for bone and joint deformities, amputation, infections of the bone and joint, overuse injuries, or nerve compression.
Orthopedic surgeons can order tests such as blood work and x-rays to get a clearer picture of the issue. Depending on the illness or injury, more than one different form of treatment may be used. Treatment may include:
- Surgery, such as fusing bones together to increase stability, or replacing a joint
- Medication, such as pain medication or steroids to promote healing
- Casts, splints, or orthotics (devices such as braces or shoe inserts to support the body)
- Physical therapy, a kind of treatment using exercise, stretching, heat, and massage to heal the body
- Exercise, stretching, movement, and use of the affected part
Orthopedic surgeons also work to prevent injuries and slow the progression of disease in their patients. They educate patients on ways to prevent future injuries, and they treat illness in order to prevent further damage to bones or joints that may be affected by disease. The goal of an orthopedic surgeon is to help their patients restore movement and regain an active life.