Dr. Starkman, a leading Neurologist based out of New York City, is the Medical Director of Cayman Neurology and Pain Management. He is Board Certified in Neurology with a subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine. Dr. Starkman is an Active Member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the Spine Intervention Society, and the American Society of Neuroimaging. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Columbia University Medical Center, and a Clinical Attending at the Mt. Sinai Health System. Dr. Starkman was trained at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Medical Center and has been practicing Neurology and Pain Medicine since 1995. He has implemented many new cutting edge therapies for various neurological and chronic pain conditions in his practice. Dr. Starkman was one of the pioneers in using neurotoxin for chronic pain management, and one of the first doctors in New York who started to use radiofrequency ablation treatment for chronic back, hip, and knee pain. He was also one of the first 67 Neurologists in the United States who were trained and became Board certified in the subspecialty of Pain Medicine.
Dr. Starkman is an expert in the field of neurology and treating chronic back pain. In this interview with Fox News, Dr. Starkman first advocates the use of neurotoxin to relieve chronic back pain. Starkman describes how he had used the treatment for years to help relieve his patient’s symptoms and it worked for up to four months at a time. By injecting neurotoxin into the muscles of the back, he can help relax the tension within them, which blocks the chronic pain. Using an EMG machine, Dr. Starkman can monitor the exact location of the muscles before injecting the neurotoxin. The best part of the neurotoxin treatments is that they take only a few seconds, are relatively painless, and have few to no complications after the procedure.
In addition to providing suggestions on treating chronic back pain, Dr. Starkman also has experience treating carpal tunnel syndrome. To the right is a clip of Dr. Starkman advocating the use of better mice for computers and mouse pads with wrist rests to prevent the development of carpal tunnel syndrome in computer workers on the NBC network (channel 4). He also advocates exercising the hands every hour or so during work to prevent the onset of CTS.
In yet another interview on the ABC network (channel 7), Dr. Starkman is seen giving professional advice on how to minimize lower back pain. Dr. Starkman stresses the importance of supporting the lower back as best as possible with special pillows designed for lumbar support. The back has a natural S-shape and spending long hours sitting down compresses the back and leads to pain. Other than relying on pillows, you can stretch! Bringing your knees to your chest and taking frequent breaks from sitting will help prevent lower back pain. Dr. Starkman also mentions that it is important to visit a neurologist or pain management specialist when experiencing back pain and not rely on a self-diagnosis.
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