Our Practice

Office Visits

Dr. Nadya’s goal for each patient is to diagnose and explain the source of pain, treat the cause, speed healing, improve fitness, and prevent future injuries.

A first visit with Dr. Nadya lasts between 30 and 90 minutes, depending on complexity. She reviews a patient’s pain and injury history, medical history, work activities, and level of physical activity, as well as expectations for future activities (be they an upcoming race or business travel). During a thorough musculoskeletal, neurological, and postural examination, she formulates her plan for diagnosing the cause of pain and determining how to most efficiently treat it. The treatment plan is reviewed and modified with the patient so that it is achievable and most effective.

Dr. Nadya provides very specific recommendations about treatments that will provide a non-surgical path to recovery. Her prescriptions include a combination of avoiding painful activities, adding strengthening exercises and appropriate stretches, medications, and physical therapy or home exercise. She may also suggest in-office treatments, such as cold laser and injections. Her recommendations are developed in collaboration with each patient and tailored to their goals and preferences.

If testing such as X-Rays or MRIs are recommended, we will obtain the insurance authorization as quickly as possible and give you results usually within 24 hours. If another specialist is needed to assist in care or diagnosis, Dr Swedan will facilitate quick and efficient access to the best specialists available.

Dr. Nadya Swedan does not participate in insurance plans but will submit an electronic copy of payment to the insurance company to expedite reimbursement and eliminate patient paperwork.


Injections and Pain Relieving in Office Treatments

Patients are often referred to Dr. Swedan by physical therapists or physicians specifically for trigger point injections. Most commonly used is a combination of cortisone and anesthetic medications to provide both instant and lasting pain relief along with decreasing inflammation and motion restriction. This allows faster recovery and return to normal activity. Dr. Swedan is experienced in cortisone joint injections and also biopuncture (injections of FDA-approved, steroid alternative products including Traumeel and Zeel ) To minimize procedure pain, she uses a topical freezing spray and as small a needle as possible, even offering an accupuncture size needle for some. She also uses freezing spray to numb the area first and ensures that the procedure is as comfortable as possible. For those who do not like needles, iontophoresis (hybresis ) patches can be applied which uses electrical stimulation to infuse the cells with corticosteroids. Cold laser is another pain relieving treatment as described below.


Exercise Prescription and Injury Prevention

Both during and after injury treatment, Dr. Nadya makes a point to review your exercise program, progressing it as you heal. Both short and long term pain prevention includes addressing issues such as shoes, equipment, alignment, and movement patterns. Her knowledge of gym equipment and exercise trends allows her to understand the modifications needed to promote healing. Physical therapy is often part of her prescription, although it is individualized and specific. Dr. Swedan has established long term relationships with top level physical therapists in New York and is in frequent contact with them to follow a patient’s progress. Follow up visits usually includes exercise review to ensure effectiveness. Her philosophy: “Less is more” reinforces efficiency of movement, correct positioning, avoidance of pain, and use of appropriate resistance types such as weights or bands. She also is happy to speak with personal trainers or other fitness providers to keep each patient on track.


Cold Laser

Cold laser, also known as laser light therapy and low level light therapy, is an FDA approved non-invasive healing treatment. Cold laser is painless and without side effects. Results occur within 24 hours and include reduced muscle spasm, decreased inflammation, improved scar tissue, and regeneration of healthy cells. The healing is due to light penetration of injured cells where it excites photons at the mitochondrial level. Cold laser penetrates to at least 6 cm, allowing even the hip joint to heal. The Chattanooga Vectra Genisys laser used in this practice also includes infrared treatment, another type of healing light that warms tissues and increases circulation. Cold laser can heal muscle and ligament issues including coccyx pain, plantar fasciitis, finger sprains, meniscus tears, frozen shoulders, labral tears, and hamstring tears. Recommended treatment is weekly for five weeks.


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