Been to many chiropractors/physical therapy places. This tops all. Dr. Perna listens. Dr. Sivendra is knowledgeable, and is a gentleman.
The first day I was there I was in excruciating pain. After Dr. Perna examined me and explained my problem I also saw the medical doctor there. I'm not a pill person, but good to know that I have the option if needed. The PT was considerate. I was there for a while but I really appreciated that they took their time with me. Marlene, the front desk lady is a sweetheart, and makes you feel at home. I am all better now, and discharged from care, but if I need to, I know where to go back.
I had been going to a PT facility by my residence for about a year and my back was not getting better. When I came to Back and Body I was told in detail what would be my treatment. The wait time is almost non existent. I would highly recommend.
I went to Back and Body Medical because I had a shoulder injury. Dr Perna was very professional and caring. I had never been to a PT before and was a little skeptical of going but I needed to know what was going on with my shoulder. I went in and was referred to have an MRI. The office that he sent me to was not far from his office and they were equal in their professionalism. After 3 months of treatment I felt as though I was back in high school and playing baseball. I would definitely recommend Dr. Perna and his team at Back and Body Medical. Thank you Dr. Perna.
I hurt my back the other day and needed to see a doctor right away. After google through different PT and chiropractice in the midtown area, I found this place. It has excellant reviews, and doctor on site. What can I ask for? 3 specialties in one. I made an appointment right away. People at the front desk told me they accept and take my insurance. Awesome! Upon arriving, the receptionist was very attentative, so are the doctors and PT. They took xrays of my back and did some therapy on me. I felt great afterward. Thank you.
By far the best PT office in the city. It's conveniently located in midtown right by the train and my office. I am unfortunately a huge clutz so I've been going there for 1.5 years. First I broke my wrist, then had some shoulder problems because it was my writing hand and I was modifying how I wrote, then, I broke BOTH my ankles while on vacation. They've been treating me great. The staff is amazing. I've gotten to know pretty much all of them since I am there several times a week for so long. The office staff is very knowledgable and nice, which I find to be a rarity in medical offices. Its a long healing process when you bust both your feet, and having a relaxed friendly environment, makes the visit enjoyable when I see so many smiling faces, despite the fact I keep breaking bones.\r
The staff is all very pleasant. You rarely wait more than 5 minutes to see someone. Usually you go right in.
What I really like is that they spend more than 10 seconds on you.. Most chiropractors that I've been to have you in and out in 10 minutes or so. They seem to take their time with you. Always a nice experience.
The Doctors and the therapists treat you more than a customer, more like a one on one sessions ( The staff is also super friendly and caring to your needs) and they really do care for your well-being. I never got the excellent treatment anywhere else and I have been to a few chiropactors. I definitley recommend Back and Body Medical.
This practice has been talked about by my work associates for years and as I have not had any back issues, did not need to know if they were right or wrong. Let me tell you, they are 100% right! From the instant I reached out to the practice, nothing but courteous interaction and easy to work with. Dr. Perna was straight forward as we worked through my issues (L4/L5). The physical therapy is thorough and comprehensive for my specific issues and I am almost 100% better, but felt immediately better after my first visit. Can not speak more highly of the work they do!
I have been using Back & Body Medical for several years now for lower back and shoulder issues that show up from time to time. I give this office high ratings - very professional, Dr. Perna and his staff explain things to you in words you can understand, not medical gibberish. I have never had an issue getting an appointment and am always taken on time. And...I walk out feeling much better than when I walked in.
If you are having back or body issues - I highly recommend using Back & Body Medical. Or at least calling them and giving them a try.
At age 59, I thought that my multiple back conditions (spondy grade 2 with bilateral foraminal stenosis, L2-5 arthritis and bulging disc) would render me partially paralyzed and in need of immediate surgical intervention.
Drs. Perna and Sivendra ordered an MRI and an in-house nerve conduction test to determine the best course of action. Their combined experience contributed to what I now see as a superior treatment plan for me. They did not recommend Chiropractic treatment. They recommended physical therapy which included thrice weekly decompression. Their state of the art decompression table was the medical protocal.
In addition, a physical therapy program was designed starting with a test to determine my overall muscle strength. This formed the basis for the pt plan. Ann was assigned to be my primary physical therapist. She translated the goals into exercises designed to strength my core. Some exercises utilized my body weight, some exercises utilized the fit ball and some exercises utilized cardio machines. It is important to note that all of the physical therapists are aware of all patients - so they were all able to step in and advise me. I cannot stress how valuable this is. They are extremely knowledgeable and kind.
My condition has not been clear sailing and there have been times when my back has experienced 'flair-ups'. My therapist has supported me through these times with such compassion and has showed me how to manage my back and reduce the resulting swelling.
Finally, lifestyle management has been an integral part of my treatment. I have not only been taught exercises at Back and Body Medical. I have been taught how to manage my condition during trying situations -- prolonged sitting, standing as examples.
Back and Body Medical is a top notch facility and I can only echo what other reviewers have said -- this is a fine fine facility.
I am a 31 year old healthy and active female. I have had a back injury (L4 and L5) since a car accident in 2001. I had been very fortunate with my recovery until this past November, when my injury resurfaced and I could barely walk, sit or stand---those with disc problems will understand! \r
I called Dr. Pernas office and I was able to be seen the same day. After taking X-Rays that day, Dr. Sivendra and Dr. Perna, together and individually both took the time to explain to me where the pain was stemming from and what the treatment plan would be to resolve the pain. Dr. Perna and Dr. Sivendra both were very patient and attentive. They listened to my concerns and answered all my questions. \r
Dr. Pernas physical therapy and office staff are also very helpful. All the physical therapists that I have dealt with are friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful. His office staff has accommodated my hectic schedule many MANY times---most of my appointments have been the same day I call. \r
I have finished my treatment plan and feel great thanks to the treatment that I have received at their office. \r
I have thoroughly researched chiropractors in Manhattan and Dr. Perna and his medical staff is one of the best decisions I have ever made.\r
I have supreme confidence in Dr. Perna and his staffs knowledge and abilities. If you are in need of a chiropractor in Manhattan, go see Dr. Perna, he and his staff receive my highest recommendation.\r
I have been a patient of Back and Body Medical for years going for routine adjustments. Recently I've been encountering low back problems (likely due to excessive exercise!) sufficient to warrant an MRI. I have a tear and a bulge causing pain. After just one session with BBM on their decompression machine, I felt much, much better. I have had a 2nd and 3rd treatment with this machine and feel so much better it warrented me writing this note. If you have back problems, you should def. make BBM a first stop in your path to wellness.
Moving from Chicago to New York and looking for a new Chiropractor was very daunting!
My back had ""gone out"" in a very bad way and I still did not have a chiropractor.
I googled chiropractors in Manhattan. Turns out it was the best google search of my life! BACK AND BODY MEDICAL.
Dr Perna and his associates were able to treat my injury (L4 and L5) and make it possible for me to work in a matter of weeks. ( I was in such pain and could barely walk)
The manner in which they treated me was through such care and compassion!!! I truly believe that the care, compassion, and friendliness helped tremendously in my getting better.
I cannot recommend BACK AND BODY MEDICAL more highly!!! Thank you again Dr Perna and your wonderful staff!!!! Ken Koc
This is the 1st time I've written a review on anything but it's worth sharing my experience.\r
A little over a year ago I started having numbness on the right side of my body. My symptoms initially started from my right ear & traveled across the right side of my face. It reminded me of when my wisdom teeth were coming in so I went to see my dentist & he found nothing wrong. \r
The following day the numbness traveled from the right side of my face to my jaw, neck then down my right arm. Being a nurse I knew that I wasn't having a stroke or heart attack. I didn't display the ""classic symptoms"". I figured it may be due to stress or possibly a pinched nerve in my neck or shoulder. I'm also a dancer/instructor and do a lot of repetitive movement.\r
When the symptoms didn't go away by the 3rd day I went to the E.R. After E.R. doctors did their physical assessments & couldn't find anything. They began doing a psychological assessment as if I were making these symptoms up. I know my body & I wasn't going insane. I asked the neurologist if it was possible that I had a pinched nerve. He said that it was possible but the CT scan didn't show anything abnormal. I was instructed to follow up with my MD & was discharged.\r
I was referred to a neurologist & after having a MRI it was confirmed that I did have pinched nerves in my neck. I was concerned about my career, I started to have a lot of pain, discomfort & consistent numbness w/ tingling. I had acupuncture with physical therapy for a few months & it helped. \r
I decided it was time to look for a chiropractor. I went online & found Back & Body Medical. Dr. Sivendra & Dr. Perna along w/ their staff are absolutely wonderful. I appreciate their professionalism, they are always pleasant, respectful, I never feel rushed when asking questions & theyve put me at ease on my worst days. Its a plus that it isnt a long wait to be seen. \r
I honestly thought I would never feel ""normal"" again. The combination of following their instructions & the excellent work they perform my symptoms have significantly improved. I'm so grateful for them. \r
Pros: Staff is accomodating, courteous, pleasant & professional
I could not be a bigger fan of Back and Body Medical. Almost 9 months ago now, I hurt my back pretty badly while on my feet at a restaurant gig. Dr. Perna and Dr. Sivendra got me the x-rays and MRI I needed in order to diagnosed me quickly and easily with a torn ligament and slightly bulging disks. As much pain as I was in, they pretty much immediately helped alleviate it. Every single physical therapist at Back and Body is incredible, and I'm happy to say I've formed relationships with pretty much everyone in the office, from therapists to receptionists. The electrical stimulation on my back, the heating/ice pads, the therapeutic massage, and the chiropractic maneuvering have all helped me tremendously, and I feel virtually no pain now. Dr. Perna is also extremely affable and easy to talk to, and treats his staff with the utmost respect and dignity. \r
I love these people, and you will too.
Pros: Amazing therapists, excellent facilities,convenient location
After suffering severe lower back & nerve damage , I've been living in pain for over six years.... because of how the pain affected me , I did'nt get much sleep . A recent automobile accident made matters worse...... My lower back pain became intolerable & I needed a cane to get around . For me , living in pain was not an option anymore . While on the web I came across Back And Body Medical . I called to set up an appointment . The receptionist was so friendly & quickly set up an appointment . As soon as you enter Back And Body Medical , you notice the professionalism in the office . After initial tests , DR.Perna and DR. Sivendra go over your xrays and pinpoint the area that's causing the problem . They understand pain & know how to dissolve it , not mask it........ The Staff is dedicated to your wellness . If your experiencing pain , suffer no longer , go to Back And Body Medical......experience the difference !!!!! When you go to their office you'll see that the writings on the wall. Pain management is their forte. Pain is very unpleasant as we all know but The days of living with pain are gone , there's a place for you to turn to & that place is Back And Body Medical .
Pros: Experts in Wellness
Cons: I didn't find out about them sooner
I conducted an extensive search to locate a chiropractor who I could trust and who would give me a straight answer about my condition. I brought my MRI to Dr. Perna who pinpointed not only the nature of my back injury, but when it occurred. His thorough diagnosis coupled with the superb staff who provide the therapy have made a huge difference in my recovery. I feel 100% better than I did when I started my treatment. My stamina, flexibility, and strength have improved. I am so glad that I discovered the Back and Body Medical team.
Pros: Every staff member is friendly and professional
Cons: There are none.
The Doctors really take the time to understand what a patient is experiencing. This helps a patient with getting care directly at the root of the issue, which directly results in an improved quality of life !!! The staff is wonderful and so friendly ! I really like them very much and got to know them well. I have been going to Back and Body for several years after having 2 back surgeries. Back and Body makes my life brighter and more easier to manage. I haven't needed a 3rd surgery and don't plan on getting one with Back and Body's excellent care !!! Thank you Back and Body !
Pros: Very professional and caring staff !!
The Pros secion below does not give enough room to cover all the great things about Back and Body Medical & Chiropractic.\r
You will notice, as soon as you walk in, friendly and helpful receptionists, who, after a few short visits will call you by name, and make you feel welcome. These ladies make it a pleasure to walk through the door. How many other Dr.'s offices can you say that you're happy to walk into?\r
When I first went to Back & Body Medical, I had been in pain for a few weeks. I have experienced back pain my whole life and expected the pain to just go away on its own. Until one day I could hardly walk. A friend of mine recommended I see Dr. Perna, and I was glad that his office was 1/2 a block away.\r
I met with Dr. Sivendra. His knowledge was so extensive that he could almost finish my sentences when I was explaining my symptoms. Within 2 hours I finished with X-rays that would help he and Dr. Perna decide a course of action to get me back in action.\r
Since then, I have been going to physical therapy regularly to regain my strength. I work with the same person 90+% of the time. The care is very personal and the treatment is given with compassion and professionalism. I would say that in the few instances that I've worked with other therapist in the office, each of them knew my name, was familiar with my case, and was able to to give me the same care I would get with my primary therapist. All these things continue to give me confidence in the facility, and more importantly are relieving serious back pain.\r
Finally, Dr. Perna. I know many of you will understand what a refreshing change it is to have a Dr. that takes the time to explain what is going on. In English. He does not brush off followup questions, like many other Dr's do. Rather, he will go through the facts and options until you feel comfortable. Not to mention the chiropractic help he's given. Every time I leave his office, I feel better and better. \r
Now, it's up to me to see my therapy through to the end and make sure I'm back at 100%. Luckily, everyone at Back and Body Medical & Chiropractic make doing that easy. Although I don't wish back pain on anyone, if you are suffering, please check this place out.
Pros: Chiropractor/Phys. Therapy in same location; Close to work.
Cons: No drawbacks come to mind.
Pain no more! I went to Dr Perna with back pain a short while ago. Pain that was interfering with my way of life and quality of life. After a few brief treatments the pain was gone. \r
Dr Perna has a great staff who are very knowledgeable in pain reduction. They have made a huge impact on my life.\r
Pros: pleanty of personalized attention
My back pain has improve so much, after visiting Back and Body. The staff there is very friendly and helpful. When I first went there, my back was so bad I had to take time off from work, but after a few weeks of therapy and treatment, I was able to return to my normal everyday activities. Thank you.
Pros: great staff
I have been to several chiropractors over the past 15 years and have to say that Back and Body Medical are the best US clinic by far. The staff are BEYOND nice. Friendly, professional, excellent at what they do. My back & neck feel so much better since starting treatment at Back & Body. Physical Therapists work on you as well as adjustments from the Chiropractor (Dr. Perna). So many other places i have been to only provide a 5min chiropractor adjustment and then they send you on your way. It's nice not to feel like a number!! Back & Body have very accommodating hours, you can make, change or confirm appointments by email and the staff, doctors and therapists are always happy yo help. I have suggested this clinic to several friends and co workers and everyone that has gone there has been very satisfied with their treatment and is now a permanent patient too. If you are suffering,,,, try Back and Body. What have you got to loose!
Pros: Best Chiropractic Clinic in NYC
I have been treated by Dr. David Perna for a while now and it has been one of the best decisions I've made. Considering the amount of pain I was in more than a year ago, with my back as well as the fact that my legs and walking had become a hardship, I can honestly say I am the better today for going to therapy and sticking with it. It is because of this place, Back & Body Medical, that I no longer cringe when I walk and or do basic things. The physical therapists are very efficient as well as accommodating. The office assistants and receptionist are very welcoming and friendly. They remember who you are and address you by name. Dr. Sivendra is more than helpful. The doctors will look beyond the surface issue to the possible root of the problem. I highly recommend this place to anyone with pain and or anyone who just want a re-alignment. It has been pain to progression for me!
Pros: Even when crowded wait time is less than any other doctor office. Medical doctor on site and can ask about other than back; they treat the whole body.
Cons: Doesn't have a sauna! Just kidding. No Con.
I've being going to Back & Body Medical to treat a bulging disc for a couple of months now and I felt the difference in a matter of weeks. Dr. Perna and Dr. Sivendra really listen to their patients and are always willing to take extra time with you if you need it. The therapists are awesome; they're very friendly but most important, well experienced. They also adjust to everybody's needs and always make sure that you are comfortable. I really recommend this place, I'm very happy with their service.
Pros: Close to train and shopping stores
I have visited several chiropractors and physical therapists over the years, and Back & Body Medical is the best I have found. It fully deserves its excellent reputation. A few months ago, I developed a sciatica condition that was so painful that I could not stand for more than a few minutes or walk more than a block without having to sit down and rest. Thanks to chiropractor Dr. David Perna and the entire medical and physical therapy staff, the pain has now virtually disappeared. My thanks to everyone at that office for their extraordinary expertise and absolute dedication to their patients.
Pros: Near major subway stop; appointments start on time; friendly and helpful staff
Cons: Nothing bad to report