About Our Practice
About Dr. Bhavesh Patel
Dr. Bhavesh R. Patel
is a board-certified specialist in physical medicine & rehabilitation and pain medicine. Our medical philosophy centers on a multidisciplinary approach for the prevention and treatment of spine and musculoskeletal injuries. Using this comprehensive approach, we believe that 90 percent of our patients can improve without surgery.
Much of Dr. Patel's work focuses on helping patients eliminate pain and restore function with conservative treatments. Our primary goal is optimizing function. We treat a broad range of pain conditions through nonsurgical treatment, with approaches including medications, coordination of physical therapy and exercise regimens. We also uses various X-ray-guided therapeutic spinal injections such as facet and medial branch blocks, radio-frequency ablation/neurotomy, epidural steroid injections and percutaneous disc decompression. Dr. Patel is trained in electrodiagnostic medicine (NCS/EMG), which can assist in the proper diagnosis of peripheral nerve injuries. In some cases, we may use X-ray guided spinal injections to alleviate pain so that his patients can participate in physical therapy. When surgery is necessary, we work closely with the team at his group practice to make appropriate recommendations and referrals.
Dr. Patel did his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation medicine at the Temple University School of Medicine and his fellowship in interventional spine and sports medicine at the world-renowned Spine Institute of New York at the Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. We believe that an individualized approach to each patient leads to the best outcome.
About Dr. Todd Beery
Dr. Todd Beery has dual specialized training in physical medicine & rehabilitation and interventional pain medicine. He earned his medical degree at Nova Southeastern University and completed residency at the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Chief Resident. He pursued post-doctoral fellowship training in pain medicine at the University of Maryland .
Dr. Beery uses a multidisciplinary approach to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal and spinal disorders by incorporating physical therapy, medications, and interventional procedures. His treatment philosophy is centered on delivering comprehensive, compassionate care with the goal of optimizing and restoring function. Treatment plans are individualized and integrate the use of minimally invasive non-surgical techniques such as fluoroscopic guided spinal procedures, peripheral nerve blocks, and ultrasound guided injections. He also performs electrodiagnostic testing (EMG/NCS) that can assist in diagnosing peripheral nerve injuries.
About Dr. Asif Jillani
Dr. Asif Jillani is specialty trained in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine. After completing his undergraduate education at UCLA, he earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Saba University School of Medicine in the Netherlands Antilles. He completed his Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Jillani went on to complete a Fellowship in Pain Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, NY.
Dr. Jillani believes in a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. His options for treatment include patient education and restoration of function with use of rehabilitation therapies, analgesic medications and injection therapies to maximize treatment efficacy. Dr. Jillaniís interests are in spinal pain (neck, back, sacral and coccyx pain), failed back syndrome, intervertebral disc disease, headache (migraine, cervicogenic) and spasticity manangement. He is experienced in image-guided procedures to include Spinal Injections, Radiofrequency Ablation, Nerve Blocks, Peripheral joint injections, and Botox treatments. His interests also extend to Electrodiagnostic testing (EMG/NCS) to diagnose peripheral nerve injuries.
|Hannah Huskic, APRN - Nurse Practitioner
|Hannah Huskic APRN earned her Bachelor's and Master's of Science in Nursing from SUNY Upstate College of Nursing. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and maintains membership with Connecticut Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Society and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Prior to joining ISSM in January 2013, she worked as a Registered nurse at Upstate University Hospital in a cardiac specialty.
Hannah is passionate in providing comprehensive and holistic care to find the best treatment plan for each individual. She works collaboratively with Dr. Patel in diagnosing/treating acute and chronic pain conditions as well as providing patient-centered care focused on eliminating pain and restoring function. Her treatment focus emphasizes on utilizing multimodal approach which inlcude pharmacological and non-pharmacological pain therapies.
Nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who provide high-quality healthcare services. As clinicians that blend clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management, NPs bring a comprehensive perspective to health care. They have a unique approach and stress both care and cure. They help patients make wise health and lifestyle choices. They are truly your partners in Health.
Nurse practitioners have graduate, advanced education and clinical training beyond their registered nurse preparation. Most have masterís degrees and many have doctorates. From treating illness to advising patients on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, NPs provide a full range of services. Patients who see NPs report an extremely high level of satisfaction with the care they receive.
Among the many services that NPs provide, they:
- Order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x-rays
- Diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions
- Prescribe medications and other treatments
- Manage patients' overall care
- Spend time counseling patients
- Help patients learn how their actions affect their health and well-being
Jennifer L. Crowther, PA-C.
Jennifer Crowther is a nationally certified Physician Assistant and a member of the Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree from Springfield College in Springfield, MA. She then completed her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Prior to graduate school, she was a competitive/collegiate cheerleader, which sparked her interest in sports medicine. Jennifer is a CT native who enjoys going to the beach, reading, and dancing in her leisure time.
Practice Philosophy: Built for Patients
Our goal at Interventional Spine & Sports Medicine), P.C., is to provide each patient with comprehensive, compassionate, and whenever possible, diagnosis specific non-surgical spine and orthopedic care. At ISSM, your care will be directed by physicians with unique training and experience. The physicians at ISSM are physiatrists, doctors of medicine board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) and fellowship trained in spine and musculoskeletal medicine and interventional spine care. Our brand new stat of the art office is bright and spacious, and the efforts of our skilled office staff and clinical schedule design typically result in minimal ďwaitĒ times for our patients.
At Interventional Spine & Sports Medicine, PC, your unique non-surgical spine care experience is both comprehensive and evidence based. At your initial visit, your physician will obtain a comprehensive history and perform a detailed neurological and musculoskeletal examination. If necessary to proceed with greater diagnostic certainty, we will order the appropriate imaging studies. All images, those ordered by our practice and images brought to initial evaluations, are reviewed in detail with our patients. We feel it is most important for the patient to visualize their imaging findings firsthand and appreciate which may be clinically relevant.
Physical therapy and rehabilitation, when indicated, will be prescribed in a diagnosis specific fashion. Patients are usually referred to a team of skilled therapists, certified in particular areas of expertise, throughout the region with whom we have worked for many years. Medications are often utilized in the setting of acute pain syndromes, and the physiatrists at ISSM are skilled in the judicious use of such agents in a fashion appropriate for each patientís presenting complaint and medical condition.
In those select cases where electrodiagnostic studies (EMG / nerve conduction studies) are indicated, these examinations will also be performed by your treating physician. Dr. Patel is board eligible in electrodiagnostic medicine, board eligible in neuromuscular medicine.
We offer a full spectrum of fluoroscopically guided spinal injection procedures in an office setting utilizing state of the art imaging. If your care involves injection procedures, you will be introduced to and will work closely with our nurse and radiology technician. We are most fortunate to have an outstanding and highly skilled clinical team which has worked together for many years. We have an excellent safety record, and we have created an environment which patients find most comfortable. Our procedural experience does not require the use of general sedation or hospital admission.
It is our clear experience that by offering all of these services for patients with acute spinal presentations, patient care and pain relief are expedited, expenses are minimized, and ultimately, more satisfactory long term outcomes are realized. As spine care experts, while our treatments offered are non-surgical, it is also our responsibility to guide appropriate candidates toward surgical consultation. In some cases, the need for such consultation is acute and in many others only after exhausting non-surgical therapies. We work closely with highly skilled regional surgeons. We serve as advocates for our patients throughout the surgical phase of care, communicate frequently and directly with your treating surgeon, and guide our patients through postoperative rehabilitation. For some patients, more chronic pain conditions are not appropriate for surgical intervention, and in these instances, your physiatrist will help guide you toward alternative therapies or less interventional and more chronic pain management specialists.
Spine medicine is ever evolving as is our understanding of the spine. As clinicians and patients we are often asked to assess the efficacy of both longstanding and more newly introduced treatments and procedures. Our goal at ISSM is to share with you, the patient, what we know, so that you can become an educated consumer of spine care and the quarterback of your own care.
Is Pain Management Right for You?
Acute pain is a sensation triggered in the nervous system to signal possible injury or alert the body of need of personal care. On the other hand, chronic pain perseveres, sending pain signals to the nervous system for a prolonged period of time. Chronic pain may have initially occurred from a sprained back, serious infection, arthritis, cancer, and any other injury to the body during surgery, physical activity, or viral and non viral disease. If you suffer from pain, and over-the-counter medicine or any other relief treatment used has failed, you should consider consulting with a pain management physician.
If you have questions or would like to learn more about pain management, please contact our pain management experts at (203) 598-PAIN (7246)
Spinal Injection for Pain Management
Treatment varies from patient to patient and depends on the technique used. One possible solution to managing pain is through injection therapies to relieve acute or chronic pain. This involves a series of three injections, but not every patient may require all three. In this procedure, the doctor places a needle into the muscle, joint, or spine. Medication can then be injected or pain can be treated through heat, cold or electricity therapies. After the initial injection, one of our doctors needs to assess the patient to determine the success of the injection before a second or third injection is administered. After injections relieve pain, the doctor may recommend physical therapy or chiropractic adjustments to help relieve pain or regain mobility. Those patients who receive injections with x-ray fluoroscopy guidance will likely have better results than others.
If you are ready to take the next step in managing your pain and learning more about our practice please contact our office at (203) 598-PAIN (7246)