Q&A with Dominic Farnan, Physical Therapist at New York Pain Medicine in Midtown NYC

Dominic Farnan, Physical Therapist at New York Pain Medicine

Dominic Farnan, Physical Therapist

Q: What do you like about being a physical therapist?

A: I like the challenge you face every day when you walk in and meet your first patient. There is an unpredictability that requires problem solving which I like. Then there is the sense of achievement and satisfaction when you help someone overcome a difficult time in their life and return to a level of fitness and health that allows them to function without pain.

Q: How do you start a typical day at New York Pain Medicine & Physical Therapy Center?

A: I typically start by logging into my computer to check my schedule. I review the patients I have for that day and set up the physical therapy gym so that everything is ready to go for when my first patient walks in the door.

Q: What do you think sets you apart from other physical therapists in New York City?

A: I think what sets me apart is my ability to get results with even the most complex cases. Patient’s often come to us here with pain that has been longstanding. As a result, they have often been to many other physical therapists without getting better. It’s when they come here and have our multidisciplinary approach that they start to improve.

Q: What are some ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ that are important for your patients to understand about what you do?

A: Patients can have myths and misconceptions about what physical therapy is and it’s important that they become well informed before the assessment and treatment. I always talk through what the treatments will involve, such as manual therapy, physical modalities and therapeutic exercise. That way my patients feel more comfortable with their physical therapy process.

Q: What’s it like working with Dr Allen?

A: Working with Dr. Allen is fantastic. He is a specialist in dealing with back pain, especially problematic back pain that is longstanding and has not responded to other treatments. His depth of experience in his field and understanding of the individual set him apart from other practitioners. Plus, Dr. Allen gets to know his patients personally and they really appreciate that.

Q: What do you think are the primary differences between your patients who do well with their rehabilitation vs. those who don’t?

A: The main difference from succeeding in physical therapy and not is a commitment to getting better. Physical therapy is an active rehabilitation and may take several weeks of regular sessions to see change in the body’s tissues and resolve pain, particularly if it’s already a long-term problem.

Q: In addition to ‘frequently asked questions’, do you have and questions you wish your patients would ask?

A: As an educator I enjoy being challenged by patients asking me questions about their condition and why I chose a specific treatment or exercise program.  It’s important that we gain our patient’s trust by explaining the rationale behind the therapy.

Q: What do you think the staff at New York Pain Medicine and Physical Therapy does differently than other pain medicine and physical therapy practices in Manhattan?

A: New York Pain Medicine and Physical Therapy is a unique and specialized treatment center that offers the highest level care. We put the patient first in all circumstances. We know what it means to be listened to and to have confidence and comfort in the fact that those providing your healthcare are second to no one.

Dr. Allen

Dr. Douglas Allen is dual board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and interventional pain management. Pain management is a sub-specialty of medicine that has evolved over the last 15 years to better treat the specific needs of patients suffering from acute and chronic painful conditions. Dr. Allen received his interventional pain training at Jackson Memorial Hospital/ University of Miami’s Department of Anesthesiology. He received his Physiatry training at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan.