Knee Pain Specialist NYC

About Knee Pain

Your knees are essential to everyday movement, and knee pain can be debilitating, keeping you from doing the things you love. Because multiple structures come together at the knee joint, it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of knee pain, which often leads to misdiagnosis, excessive use of pain medications and unnecessary surgeries. Accurate diagnosis is key to successful knee pain treatment.

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Dr. Lev Kalika
Dr. Lev Kalika

Clinical director & DC RMSK

About Knee Pain Specialist Dr. Lev Kalika

Dr. Kalika revolutionized knee pain treatment by introducing high resolution diagnostic ultrasonography for structural diagnosis. When combined with gait and motion analysis technology to visualize and objectify the functional movement of the lower extremities, ultrasound provides invaluable information that lets us accurately identify and treat the cause of knee pain.

Dr.Kalika’s motion and gait analysis lab is the only private lab in the US to feature research-grade technology, found only at top research universities and made available to patients in his private clinic. Dr.Kalika believes that what cannot be measured cannot be treated.

Dr. Kalika is a renowned lecturer on various sports medicine topics, and has been featured on the lecture circuit both in the US and abroad. His particular areas of expertise include sports medicine, diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasonography, dry needling and technological innovations in rehabilitative medicine.

Dr.Kalika’s expertise is sought by professional athletes across the United States.

Why Knee Pain Treatment at NYDNRehab is Better than Conventional Physical Therapy

Many physical therapists take a one-size-fits-all approach to patient care, using antiquated timelines and cookie cutter exercises that fail to fully rehabilitate knee injuries and restore optimal movement.

At NYDNRehab, we take an individualized approach to every patient and every condition. Using advanced technologies, we are able to accurately diagnose and measure individual parameters for joint angles, force loads, muscle firing patterns and gait. We then design personalized treatment programs based on collected data, measuring progress along the way to ensure full recovery.

Our experience combining innovative treatment methods with advanced technologies makes NYDNRehab the number one choice for physical therapy, chiropractic care and rehabilitation in NYC. We use FDA approved methodologies to successfully treat a broad range of conditions. Our patients include elite athletes and ballet dancers who come to us for rehab and performance enhancement.

Knee Pain Treatment

Our Regenerative Therapies are
Game-Changers for Knee Pain

The human body has its own innate healing mechanisms, but it sometimes needs a nudge to accelerate the healing process. Regenerative technologies help to jump-start healing by stimulating tissue repair at the cellular level. Our outpatient regenerative therapies expedite knee recovery with minimal discomfort for the patient.

Focused Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)

Focused ESWT is used as a regenerative treatment for damaged tendon, muscle and bone tissue. This technology produces high frequency sound waves to stimulate the body’s own reparative mechanisms. It is especially effective for chronic degenerative tendon disorders and myofascial pain syndrome that impact knee mechanics.

Extracorporeal Magnetic Transduction Therapy (EMTT)

EMTT transmits high energy magnetic pulses to targeted tissues. The magnetic waves synchronize with the body’s own magnetic fields, causing a disturbance that triggers a regenerative response. EMTT waves can penetrate deep tissues up to 18 cm beneath the skin’s surface, to target difficult-to-reach tendons, muscles, bones and nerves.

Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT)

Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT)

Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT)

EPAT, also known as defocused shock wave therapy, uses acoustic pressure waves to enhance blood circulation to targeted tissues. This speeds up the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to damaged tissues and stimulates cellular metabolism, to accelerate the healing process.

High Energy Inductive Therapy (HEIT)

HEIT uses electromagnetic fields to penetrate cells, tissues, organs and bones, to reactivate the electrochemical function of cells and cell membranes. HEIT generates a magnetic field 600 times stronger than the field of a normal magnet, to stimulate healing of nerves, muscles and blood vessels.

Localized Cryotherapy

Localized Cryotherapy

Cold therapy has been used for centuries to treat soft tissue injuries, numb pain and reduce inflammation. Today, modern technology brings us a more efficient and effective means of leveraging cold therapy using nitrogen gas. When used with other therapies, localized cryotherapy helps to provide fast relief and speed recovery during the rehabilitation process.

Symptoms, Causes and Risk Factors of Knee Pain


  • Inflammation, pain and stiffness

  • Pain below, above or under the kneecap

  • Pain on or around the inner knee

  • Bruising and/or redness

  • Weakness and instability

  • Popping sounds or sensations

  • Inability to straighten the knee


  • Athletic injuries and trauma

  • Sedentary lifestyle and too much sitting

  • Overweight or obesity

  • Wear and tear from poor posture

  • Mechanical deficiencies in walking or running gait

  • Repetitive overuse from running, sports and exercise

  • Weakness and muscle imbalances in the lower kinetic chain

Risk Factors

  • Obesity

  • Sedentary lifestyle

  • Faulty biomechanics

  • Gait anomalies

  • Excessive sitting

  • High intensity sports and exercise

  • Repetitive overuse

Accurate Diagnosis Means Successful Knee Pain Treatment

The sports medicine specialists at NYDNRehab are experts in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasonography. Diagnostic ultrasound not only enables the doctor to identify the structural causes of knee pain, but it allows your clinician to view the knee region in real time, with the knee in motion. In addition, 3D gait analysis helps us to identify faulty movement mechanics that contribute to knee pain.

By visualizing the knee in motion and gathering quantitative data about gait mechanics, we are able to establish a baseline against which to measure progress. Once the exact cause of knee pain is determined, an effective treatment plan can be initiated and objectively measured for effectiveness.

Knee Pain Diagnosis

Knee Conditions and Injuries We Treat at NYDNRehab

Knee Arthritis

Patella-Femoral Pain Syndrome (Runner’s Knee)

Frontal Knee Pain

Patellar Tendinitis/Tendinosis (Jumper’s Knee)

Knee Bursitis

Inner Knee Pain

ACL/PCL Tears (Pre-, Post- and Non-Surgical)

Meniscus Tears

Failed Knee Surgery

Knee Conditions and Injuries We Treat at NYDNRehab

Meniscus Tears (Post- and Non-Surgical)

MCL Tears (Post- and Non-Surgical)

Pes Anserine Bursitis / Tendinopathy

Medial Retinaculum Pain Syndrome

Plica Syndrome

Runners Knee

Jumper’s Knee

IT Band Syndrome

Specialized Testing for Knee Conditions

Knee pain and dysfunction cannot be effectively resolved using only subjective clinical analysis. Without objective quantifiable data, physical therapy often addresses the symptoms without resolving the underlying cause.

At NYDNRehab, our groundbreaking motion analysis technology and high resolution diagnostic ultrasonography have enabled us to develop a battery of tests that perfectly reveal the dynamic functional pathology of the knee joint.

Our Testing Protocols Include Image

Our Testing Protocols Include

  • Single leg squat stability test with C.A.R.E.N, our computer assisted rehab environment, using perturbation and 3D motion analysis

  • Knee joint stability test using DLEST methodology on C.A.R.E.N

  • KINEO Intelligent load muscle strength assessment

  • Surface EMG to test muscle activation patterns

ACL stability testing and training

  • 3D SEBT ( star excursion banner test) for assessing the involvement of the knee joint and musculature in postural stability

  • 3D gait or running analysis

  • 3D kinematic joint angle analysis during a squat, lunge, drop jump and pelvic-on-hip rotation

ACL stability testing and training
Neuromotor brain-muscle testing Rotec for:

Neuromotor brain-muscle testing with
DD Robotech for:

  • Proprioception

  • Tracking ability

  • Force sense

  • Critical power

  • Reactive power

  • Flexibility

We Use High-Tech Equipment for Optimal Results

Knee pain can range from mild to excruciating, and many turn to surgery as a first line of treatment. However, most non-traumatic knee pain can be eliminated through the non-invasive treatment methods we practice at NYDNRehab. We use the latest technologies and innovative therapies to treat knee pain at its source and eliminate it for good.

3D Gait Analysis and Retraining
3D Gait Analysis and Retraining

Mechanical deficiencies in walking or running gait can cause the knee to become misaligned, placing undue stress on the structures surrounding the knee and producing pain. We use our state-of-the art gait lab to analyze joint angles and force loads associated with gait, to identify and quantify mechanical deficits and retrain the way you walk and run, to eliminate pain.

Alter-G Antigravity Treadmill
Alter-G Antigravity Treadmill

Our gravity-reducing treadmill unloads the knee joint, to enable retraining of gait patterns without placing undue stress on injured structures. This approach speeds recovery by allowing gradual reloading of the knee and gradual improvement of gait patterns.

Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment
(Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment)

C.A.R.E.N’s advanced technology uses a virtual reality environment to train healthy movement patterns and enhance sports performance. Real-time feedback is provided to optimize motor patterns, retraining the brain-body connection for efficient pain-free movement.

Blood Flow Restriction Training
Blood Flow Restriction Training

BFR makes it possible to rehabilitate injured tissues using much lighter loads, by occluding the blood vessels to elicit a regenerative response in damaged cells. BFR helps prevent tissue atrophy after an injury while protecting damaged structures from overload. It speeds the recovery process for faster return to pain-free activity.

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