186 Montague Street, 3rd Fl. Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-358-7100

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located and how can I get there?

Our office is conveniently located at 186 Montague Street on the 3rd floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201. We are right off of Cadman Plaza W, across the street from the Kings Supreme Court.

The closest subway lines are less than a block away  –  the 2,3,4,5 train to Borough Hall, the A,C,F trains to Jay St – Metro Tech and the R train to Court Street.

When and why should I see this sort of specialists vs an Orthopedist?

Dr. Sanjeev Agarwal is a quadruple board-certified Physiatrist. Physiatrists are qualified medical doctors who are trained experts in how the body moves and functions. As a result they will look at the whole body in order to determine and acurately diagnose what is truly causing your pain or condition.  They are highly effective in developing non-operative care plans and treatments to reduce your pain while helping you to regain function, strength and ease of movement. In the event that a patient ultimately does require a more invasive solution  like surgery, the Physiatrist will work closely with the patient and the orthopedic surgeon to ensure that the patient receives the proper rehab care and medical oversight before and after surgery. The Orthopedist will often recommend that the patient return to the Physiatrist to help them regain strength and recover from the surgery.

What specialists and services are available in this practice?

Dr. Sanjeev Agarwal is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine, Pain Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Medicine. He offers the following treatment options:

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Comprehensive, Total Body Physical Examinations
  • Physical Therapy
  • Interventional Pain Management Procedures
    • Epidural Steroid Injections
    • Nerve Blocks
    • Trigger Point Injections
    • Spinal Cord Stimulators
    • Discograms
    • Percutaneous Discectomy
    • Radio frequency Ablation
  • Electrodiagnostic Testing (EMG/NCV)
  • Orthopedic Care
  • Sports Medicine
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections & Regenerative Medicine
What can I expect from an initial evaluation/visit?

We do everything we can to make your entire experience at Spine Sports & Interventional Pain Medicine pleasant, relaxing and recuperative. We treat people – not just necks, backs, hips and knees.

From your first contact to your last, expect to be treated with respect and compassion. Here’s a preview of how things will unfold on your unique path to a successful outcome.

  1. Contact Spine Sports & Interventional Pain Medicine to schedule an appointment – often as soon as the next day.
  2. When you arrive at our office, our staff will welcome you and verify insurance coverage. We will also help with any paperwork you may have for worker’s comp or no-fault/PIP (automobile) claims.
  3. Meet with Dr. Sanjeev Agarwal who will listen to you carefully, perform an initial assessment, conduct a thorough evaluation and diagnose the source of your pain. He will create an individualized care plan, explain everything to you carefully and answer any questions you may have.
  4. Begin care plan Day 1, in office. You’ll experience immediate relief through a hands-on physical therapy session with our in-house therapist and receive any interventional treatments that are part of your care plan.
  5. Leave with a smile, while we communicate with other professionals on your care team.
Do I need a referral from a primary care or other doctor?

Every patient’s scenario is different. We recommend contacting our office so we can understand your insurance coverage and determine whether a referral is necessary. Give us a call! We are happy to help!

What Insurances do you accept?

We accept a wide range of major medical insurances.We also accept New York No-Fault Insurance for car accident victims and Workers’ Compensation for those who have been injured on the job. Any of our staff members would be able to look into your benefits and provide you with detailed information before you visit our office.  Give us a call! We’ll be happy to help!

Should I come here if I've been hurt at work or in a car accident?

In New York State you are free to choose your own doctor if you are hurt at work or in a car accident. These two types of accidents are financially covered through the vehicle or the employer’s insurance: New York No-Fault (for car accidents) & the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (for work-related injuries).  Dr. Agarwal and his staff are well-versed in not only handling the delicate and time sensitive documentation required by these insurance carriers, but also  treating victims of both these types of accidents. Whether your pain is coming from a soft-tissue injury or is a life-altering impairment, Dr. Agarwal and his team are qualified to diagnose, develop, and carry-out a thorough, individualized treatment plan to meet your needs.

What are interventional pain treatments and how can they help me?

Interventional pain treatments are non surgical procedures that provide relief of pain and injury conditions, such as chronic neck, mid and lower back pain, arthritis or other complex pain conditions. Some common interventional procedures include epidural steroid injections, spinal cord stimulation or nerve root blocks and platelet-rich plasma injections. Dr Agarwal and his team will work with you to determine whether any of these procedures could help your unique condition.

What is PRP?

Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP) is a fairly new and safe procedure that has shown significant signs of positive results. Many professional athletes have been turning to PRP to treat their injuries. It is a preferred method over narcotic pain treatment or surgery because PRP uses your own blood and growth hormone to help your body heal itself.

The first step to the process entails collecting a sample of your blood and putting it through a “filtering” process called a centrifuge ( this is happening outside of your body). While going through this process, your bloods components are separated into: platelets, plasma and red and white blood cells. The platelets are extracted and mixed with some of your plasma. This is where the name Platelet-Rich-Plasma is derived from.

Next, this concoction of platelets and plasma is injected at the source where the tissue is damage, where you are experiencing pain. This re-submission of your blood particles into your body forces your immune system to react instantly. The body’s white blood cells defense mechanism called “macrophages” immediately report to the site of injection causing the damage cells to flush away from the area. This causes the area to begin to heal, allowing stem cells and other cells to develop and multiply over time in order to rebuild the affected tissue.

The procedure is done in the office and after you have been given some time to recover, you can return home the same day. Some patient’s begin to feel immediate relief after the first application while others may require a series of 2-3 to fully feel the effects.

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