Wayne Stokes

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Wayne Stokes

Clinical Associate Professor; Dir Sports Medicine Rehab
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine (Fac)

Clinical Addresses

333 EAST 38TH STREET
5TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NY 10016
Hours: Mon. 8 - 5; Tue. 8 - 5; Wed. 8 - 5; Thu. 8 - 5; Fri. 8 - 5
Handicap Access: yes
Phone: 646-501-7277
Fax: 646-501-7235

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Medical Specialties

Sports Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine

Medical Expertise

Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine Rehabilitation, Lumbar Spine Injuries, Concussion, Ankle Injuries, Knee Injuries, Joint Preservation, Shoulder Injuries

Clinical Responsibilities

Dr. Stokes specializes in the comprehensive diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of musculoskeletal problems in the muscles, joints, bones and connective tissue-including back pain, rotator cuff injuries and other shoulder disorders, and injuries to the ankle or knee due to trauma or overuse. He is also director of musculoskeletal education for NYU Langone's residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

"I've spent my entire career in sports medicine, and I've treated every type of patient--the 18-year-old star basketball player with an ankle fracture, the 55-year-old who's hurt his shoulder playing racket ball, the 75-year-old with a skiing injury, and the person with a strained back from working at the computer all day. If someone comes to me with an ache or pain, I'll work very aggressively to home in on what's causing the problem-what muscles aren't functioning properly, what joints need injecting. Then I'll concentrate on getting them better. The majority of the time, I'm able to get people right back to where they want to be: pain-free, with full function."

About Dr. Stokes

While many physicians refer to themselves as sports medicine specialists, few can match the hands-on experience that Dr. Stokes brings to his practice. During the 1990s, as team physician at Penn State University, he tended to athletes from over a dozen different sports. More recently, he worked at a ski trauma clinic in Park City, Utah, treating a wide variety of orthopedic injuries on a daily basis. This extensive background has given him a profound understanding of the causes and cures for musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.

When treating a new patient, Dr. Stokes begins with an in-depth evaluation of the joints, tendons, bones, and muscular strength and function, utilizing X-rays, MRIs or ultrasound scans when needed. Depending on the nature of the problem, treatment may include therapeutic stretching and strengthening exercises, neuromuscular reeducation, acupuncture, deep tissue massage, and injections. The goal is to enable patients to return to full physical activity - preferably without having to refer them for surgery. "While surgery may be indicated for certain injuries, like an ACL tear in the knee," Dr. Stokes explains, "there are many other effective first-line treatments for most conditions."

For example, he notes, joint pain is often caused by dysfunction in the surrounding muscles. By isolating and retraining the muscles, the pain can often be cured. "If someone has injured their shoulder playing racket ball, I might discover their shoulder is being stressed by a weak lower trapezius muscle or a tight pectoral muscle, so we?ll treat that muscle," says Dr. Stokes. Problems in balance or proprioception (a sense of where your body is in space) may also be detected and treated. With back pain, he adds, the cause is often dysfunction of the sacroiliac joint, where the back meets the hip-perhaps because the gluteal muscles aren't firing correctly or the hip flexors are tight. "I'll get those muscles working correctly, and may also inject the joint with lidocaine and steroids under X-ray guidance."

In addition to teaching patients therapeutic exercises himself, Dr. Stokes may refer them to one of Rusk's skilled physical therapists for a number of sessions?keeping in constant communication with the therapist when he does. He is also responsible for educating Rusk's residents in musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. "I've been at this a long time, and I think I understand muscle, bone and joint as well as anyone," he says. "I also understand exercise and sport. People don't want to be told simply to stop playing sports - they want to know when they can resume their favorite activity. My mission is to get people moving with a full, painless range of motion, so they get back to running, weight lifting, racket ball, hiking, body surfing, skiing, and whatever else they love to do."

Insurance

AETNA HMO, AETNA INDEMNITY, AETNA MEDICARE, AETNA POS, AETNA PPO/EPO, AFFINITY EXCHANGE- ESSENTIAL, CIGNA EPO/POS, Cigna PPO, EBCBS EPO, EBCBS HLTHY NY, EBCBS HMO, EBCBS INDEMNITY, EBCBS MEDIBLUE, EBCBS POS, EBCBS PPO, FIDELIS EXCHANGE, GHI CBP, HEALTHREPUBLIC, HIP ACCESS I, HIP ACCESS II, HIP CHLD HLTH, HIP EPO/PPO, HIP FAM HLTH, HIP HMO, HIP MEDICAID, HIP MEDICARE, HIP POS, LOCAL 1199 PPO, MAGNACARE PPO, METROPLUS CHLD HLTH, METROPLUS EXCHANGE PLANS, METROPLUS FAM HLTH, MULTIPLAN/PHCS PPO, MetroPlus Medicaid, NYS EMPIRE PLAN, OSCAR, OXFORD EXCHANGE, OXFORD FREEDOM, Oxford Liberty, Oxford Medicare, Tricare, UHC COMMUNITY & STATE PLAN, UHC EPO, UHC HMO, UHC MEDICARE, UHC POS, UHC PPO, UHC TOP TIER, UNITED EXCHANGE- COMPASS, WORKERS COMP

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Board Certification

2012 — Ab Pm&R (Sports Medicine)
2013 — Ab Pm&R - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Education

1984-1988 — University of Vermont College of Medicine, Medical Education
1988-1989 — St. Vincent's Medical Center (Medicine), Internship
1989-1992 — National Rehabilitation Hospital (Rehab & Physical Med), Residency Training
1992-1993 — Beth Israel Medical Center (Orthopedics), Clinical Fellowships