Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation?

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) also is called Physiatry. It is a branch of medicine that focuses on diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal and nervous system related problems. In an outpatient setting like our clinic, we take care of patients suffering from joint pain caused by degeneration, overuse, sport injury, trauma, etc. Another common ailment is nerve entrapment at cervical and lumbar spine, and wrist which can result in radiating pain in extremities, numbness, headache, sciatica, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, etc. Certified physician performs specific physical examinations and diagnostic tests to come up with diagnosis and treatment plan. Depending on the condition, different kind of therapy will be recommended ranging from medication, physical therapy, needle injection, acupuncture, regenerative therapy e.g. prolotherapy, Plasma-Rich-Platelet (PRP), and Stem Cell therapy.

2. What is the difference between Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Chiropractor?

A PM&R clinic is operated by a licensed physician, either M.D. or D.O., who has gone through full medical training from medical school and residency program in hospital. The licensed physician approaches to patient’s problem as a whole, not only focusing on the muscle and joint problems but the possibility of other factors contributing or mimicking the symptoms. For instance, back pain sometimes can be a manifestation of an internal organ disease or a vascular disease e.g. aortic artery aneurysm which is more serious condition than a mechanical back problem. On the treatment side, even though PM&R clinic sometimes offers physical therapy and some manipulative treatments that is similar to a chiropractor office, M.D./D.O. physicians are licensed by the State to practice medicine and surgery i.e. to prescribe medication and perform medical and surgical procedures.

3. What do I need to prepare for receiving treatment in this clinic?

For physical therapy, please refer to the Medical Services section (hyperlink to that section) of Physical Therapy Treatment—things you need to know. For receiving other procedures such as needle aspiration/injections, acupuncture, regenerative medicine treatments, specific instructions will be given by our physician and staffs. It is best to make sure you are well hydrated before and after the office visit. Also, take a shower the day before or just before you come in for the appointment. If possible, kindly accompany by a family member or friend at the first time of your scheduled visit.

4. Does Dr. Kong’s office take no fault or worker compensation cases?

No, we do not.

5. What is the best way to contact the office for other questions?

You can call our office (718) 886-2906 and our receptionists will gladly help you with questions related to your case. You can also send us email to drjskong@gmail.com

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