Sports Medicine in NYC

About NYDN Sports Medicine and Injury Rehab

Athletic injuries can be career-ending if they are not properly treated and rehabilitated. For athletes who want to return to play after an injury, a competent and experienced sports medicine team is critical to ensuring full recovery. In addition, preventative analysis and retraining can help boost your performance while dramatically reducing your injury risk.

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Dr. Lev Kalika
Dr. Lev Kalika

Clinical director & DC RMSK

About New York Sports Medicine
Specialist Dr. Lev Kalika

Dr. Kalika, clinical director of NYDNRehab, has dedicated his career to revolutionizing the way injury, pain and dysfunction are treated. He has trained under some of the world’s greatest human movement scientists, and collaborated on research that has made invaluable contributions to our understanding of how the human body heals.

Dr. Kalika is certified in musculoskeletal ultrasonography, extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), dry needling, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) and more. He works with elite athletes, runners and ballet dancers, along with everyday patients who want to move without pain, for a better quality of life.

NYDNRehab is a best-rated NYC sports medicine clinic located in Midtown Manhattan. The clinic features some of the most advanced technologies for sports performance training and rehab in NYC.

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Why You Should Trust NYDNRehab for
Sports Injury Rehab

At NYDNRehab, we believe that serious athletes should be taken seriously, and given every opportunity to return safely to play. Our personalized one-on-one approach ensures that our athletes get case-specific treatment for their injuries, including feedback retraining that restores the brain-body connection.

The clinic at NYDNRehab is equipped with the most advanced research-grade technologies for diagnosis, assessment and rehabilitation of sports injuries, Our extensive range of equipment for diagnosis and treatment is rarely found in a private clinical setting.

Our sports performance lab is designed to accurately quantify motor deficits that are invisible to the naked eye. We monitor your progress, step-by-step, to gather objective data that guarantees results.

We never return our athletes to the playing field based on timelines or cookie-cutter rehab protocols. If you want personalized treatment that restores full function and optimizes performance while reducing your risk of injury, you will get the very best sports medicine in NYC at NYDNRehab.

Athletic Injuries We Treat

  • Concussions and TBI

  • Cervical spinal injuries

  • Shoulder and rotator cuff injuries

  • Arm, wrist and elbow injuries

  • Thoracic and rib cage injuries

  • Lower back injuries

  • Hip and pelvic injuries

  • Knee ACL, MCL and meniscus injuries

  • Hamstring injuries

  • Achilles tendon injuries

  • Injuries to the feet and ankles

  • All other categories of athletic injuries

Our Performance Enhancement Lab

Our Performance
Enhancement Lab

Elite athletes know the value of injury prevention and take proactive measures to achieve peak performance. Our performance enhancement lab uses advanced technologies to precisely measure performance parameters, including:

  • Joint kinematics analysis

  • Force load assessment

  • Motor symmetry analysis

  • Muscle firing patterns

  • Strength and power assessment

  • 3D running gait analysis

  • Skills execution analysis

  • AI and VR biofeedback retraining

Top-performing athletes visit our clinic for regular tune-ups, to stay at the top of their game. By optimizing your performance, you broaden and maintain your competitive edge while dramatically reducing your risk of injury.

Accurate and Thorough Diagnosis is Key to Full Recovery

Sports injuries are often painted with a broad brush, and conventional medicine tends to treat the locus of injury without looking at the whole picture. At NYDNRehab, we know that an injury in one part of the body affects the mechanics of the entire body, and peripheral damage needs to be addressed before an athlete is ready to return to sport.

We use the highest resolution diagnostic ultrasound to view your injury in real time, with the affected area in motion. Ultrasound enables us to see how your injury affects muscles, tendons, bones, nerves and fascia in the surrounding area. It also gives us the capacity to evaluate your tissues using sonoelastography and superior microvascular imaging, to ensure that healing is taking place.

As your tissues heal, we measure your progress and evaluate your motor patterns using the latest technologies. We pull out all the stops to restore the neural pathways between your brain and your muscles, leveraging AI and VR to perfect your motor skills.

Our research-grade motion analysis technology and high resolution diagnostic ultrasonography help us to accurately detect motor deviations that are invisible to the naked eye. Our personalized treatment plans are data-driven. We quantify your progress step-by-step, until your goals are reached and you are ready to return to sport with confidence.

Accurate and Thorough Diagnosis is Key to Full Recovery

Our State-of-the-Art Treatment Toolbox

The sports medicine clinic at NYDNRehab features some of the most advanced technologies for injury rehabilitation in the world. Much of our research grade equipment cannot be found in other private clinics. NYDNRehab’s sports medicine team leverages technology to provide our patients with the best evidence-based therapeutic treatment options.

Blood Flow Restriction Therapy (BFRT)
Blood Flow Restriction Therapy (BFRT)

This groundbreaking technology allows us to speed up tissue healing and rapidly restore muscle strength after an injury, without overloading damaged tissues and structures. Get back to your favorite sport or activity, faster and with reduced risk of re-injury with BFRT.

DD Robotech
DD Robotech

Artificial intelligence (AI) is finding its way into rehabilitative medicine as a tool for retraining neuromuscular pathways between the brain and body. Neuromuscular communication is often interrupted after an injury, and needs to be restored for optimal performance and injury prevention. DD Robotech challenges you mentally and physically, to get your head back in the game.

Proteus Collinear Resistance Training
Proteus Collinear Resistance Training

An important part of injury rehab is retraining and strengthening the muscles in ways that replicate sports skills execution. Proteus lets our patients train using natural motor patterns, in all 3 planes of motion, to restore and optimize peak performance.

State-of-the-art Motion Analysis Lab
State-of-the-art Motion Analysis Lab

Even the fiercest athletes need a tune-up from time to time, to restore muscle balance and joint alignment, and eliminate bad habits that can cause injury. From 3D running gait analysis and retraining to biomechanical analysis and skills retraining, we quantify every movement to help you find your best form.

Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (C.A.R.E.N)
Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (C.A.R.E.N)

You will not find this multifaceted system in other NY sports medicine clinics. C.A.R.E.N equips us with a high-tech environment for precisely measuring joint kinematics, muscle firing patterns, balance and weight distribution, and the minutest motor deficits that can hurt performance and cause injury. C.A.R.E.N’s virtual reality feedback environment helps restore optimal movement for peak athletic performance and reduced injury risk.

Our Regenerative Technologies Speed Healing

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)

ESWT is one of our regenerative therapies that stimulates the growth and repair of tissues at the cellular level. It is particularly effective for healing connective tissues like tendons that have limited vascularity. ESWT plays an especially important role in athletic injury rehabilitation, to accelerate healing for the fastest possible return to sports.

Extracorporeal Magnetic Transduction Therapy (EMTT)

This non-invasive regenerative therapy is making headlines as the next big thing in sports medicine and rehabilitation. When combined with ESWT, EMTT helps to reduce inflammation, eliminate pain, and speed up the neogenesis of new cells in muscles, bones and connective tissues.

Ultrasound Guided Dry Needling

Dry needling is a safe and effective therapy for eliminating myofascial trigger points, tiny knots of overactive muscle fibers that cause pain and dysfunction. Guidance with ultrasound imaging dramatically increases the effectiveness of dry needling by enhancing precision, eliminating the need for repeated insertions.

Ultrasound Guided Injection Therapies

When appropriate, we use ultrasound guided injections to reduce pain and inflammation, and to promote the neogenesis of new cells. Corticosteroids, platelet rich plasma, hyaluronic acid and other injection therapies may be used in certain cases. Ultrasound guidance ensures that the injected substance reaches its target with precision and accuracy, for superior results with minimal patient discomfort.

Our Regenerative Technologies Speed Healing
Personalized Treatment Means Faster Return to Play

Personalized Treatment Means Faster Return to Play

At NYDNRehab, we believe that every athlete has a unique anatomy and distinct motor patterns that set them apart from their competitors. We never use a one-size-fits-all approach to injury rehabilitation. All of our training protocols are designed with the individual athlete in mind, based on our personalized data-driven analysis.

Our goal is to return you to your favorite sport or activity, stronger, faster and mentally prepared to meet the challenges of competition with confidence. Whether you need to recover after an injury, get in peak condition for the next season, or fine-tune your skills to dominate on the court or playing field, NYDNRehab is your premier New York sports medicine clinic for performance, injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Neuro-motor therapy

Shoulder stabilization

Motion analysis testing

Kineo INTELLIGENT LOAD

Proteus System

Movement Varieties on The Proteus System

Running drills on kineo

Office video

HBM(human body model) – muscle activation analysis and feedback retraining

C.A.R.E.N.( computer assisted rehabilitation environment) – neuromuscular control therapy

Lower kinetic chain analysis and retraining

3D proprioceptive knee control training

Redcord Active Course

Stability testing with pertubation (knee,ankle,hip)

Dynamic hip control strenghtening 6

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    Quincy Williams was referred by his brother, who plays for the NY Jets: “best place to go for professional athletes in NY”

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    Our Specialists

    HyunJu YOO, PT, MPT, DPT, CPI (Licensed Physical Therapist)
    Dr. Christina Pekar DC
    Dr. Michelle Agyakwah DC
    Mariam Kodsy Physical Therapist
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    In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

    Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

    The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

    Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
    the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
    due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
    to proper diagnostic workup

    Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
    to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
    under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)

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    Complete tear of rectus femoris
    with large hematoma (blood)

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    Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
    on dynamic sonography examination

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