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Dr. Jonathan Kirschner

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
New York, NY
17 years experience male

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Bio

Dr. Kirschner is a fellowship trained, board certified specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR), Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Sports Medicine. He is also a registered musculoskeletal Sonographer (R-MSK). He received the Earl C. Elkins award for achieving the highest score in the nation on the PMR board examination. As a resident he received the James Mclean Resident As Teacher Award for teaching excellence. Dr. Kirschner was born and raised in New York City. His clinical focus is on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of bone, joint, nerve, tendon and muscle, with particular emphasis on sports and spine disorders. He has expertise in ultrasound and fluoroscopically guided injection techniques and teaches nationally on these subjects. He also performs diagnostic studies including EMG and nerve conduction studies, discography of the cervical and lumbar spine, medial branch, rami communicantes and selective spinal nerve blocks. Dr. Kirschner’s goal is to restore function, reduce pain, and promote an active, healthy lifestyle using conservative measures whenever possible. He lectures extensively and has written numerous peer reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters on the non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal disease. His research interests include the efficacy of ultrasound guided procedures, novel uses for ultrasound in musculoskeletal medicine, correlation between ultrasound and electrodiagnostic parameters, the role of rami communicantes block in the diagnosis and treatment of discogenic pain, among others. He is currently conducting a study on the use of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and percutaneous needle tenotomy (PNT) vs PNT alone for the treatment of chronic tendinosis.

Specialties
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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Sports Medicine

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

86 Answers
164 Agrees
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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Get Checked out: There isn't much to do for a bruised or fractured rib other than pain control (tylenol, ice, etc) and continuing to take deep breaths to keep your lun... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Trigger point injections: A trigger point injection or dry needling may help cause a reflex spasm that loosens the muscles if traditional stretching, physical therapy, massage,... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Fair: Microdiscectomy is indicated for pain into your leg not back pain. If you have only back pain surgery is not usually recommended.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Posture: Neck pain is often caused by poor posture or ergonomics, and may respond to physical therapy for strengthening, stretching and postural correction. Yo... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
It's ok: Adults don't get reye's syndrome, it's ok.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Not always: Usually it's better to stay loose when you have a back injury and not restrict movement with a brace.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Exercise: Warm up for 5-15 minutes before activity. Stretch before and after exercise to stay flexible. Do core strengthening exercises, strengthen your hip an... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
No!: Aspirin is not safe for young infants and children and can lead to reyes's syndrome if they have the flu. Use Acetaminophen (tylenol)!
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Therapeutic exercise: Stabilize and reduce pain in the joint by strengthening surrounding structures. Modalities can provide short-term relief but long-term therapeutic ex... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Not necessarily: Grinding can be caused by the facet joints, discs, tight muscles or ligaments.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Physiatrist: A physiatrist with experience in cardiac rehab would be the most appropriate person, in coordination with physical therapists, nurses or exercise phys... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Exercise: Lift weights, consume lean protein like fish, chicken, legumes. Stick with heavier weights, do 6-8 reps, 3-5 sets per exercise.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
They shouldn't: Tingling usually means nerve issues.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Not necessarily: Electrodiagnostic (edx) studies consist of nerve conduction tests and emg. The EMG part picks up more severe denervation but the ncs can be abnormal i... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Maybe: Viruses can cause generalized soreness, muscle aches, and sometimes joint pains, but may not be the cause of your symptoms.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
See a physiatrist : The best medicine for low back pain is ice, heat, stretching, exercise and time. Topical creams and patches may help too. Medicine by mouth should be ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
No: Collars are usually not helpful unless you have a fracture. You should mobilize your neck and do physical therapy.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
90 is key: You generally need 90° of knee flexion to ambulate functionally, go upstairs etc. Keep at it and try to improve your range of motion as much as you ca... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Knee pain: Pain or clicking may be a sign of a medial meniscal tear. These often do well with rehabilitation and do not necessarily need surgery unless there is... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Possible: Possible but not likely. You probably have a muscular strain of your quadratus lumborum, which often occurs in people with lower disc problems and bac... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Snap or crack?: If your hips are fractured that is definitely not normal and you should see a doctor. If your hips just make snapping noises that's very common and is... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Probably not: Bringing your knees to your chest increases the pressure within the disc and should usually be avoided. If you have back pain from dysfunction of the ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Infection: You may have a urinary tract or pelvic infection and should be evaluated by your family doctor or gynecologist.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Depends: It depends where the cyst is. If it is in the facet joint or ligamentum flavum or along the nerve root, then it can cause hip pain and "sciatica" also... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Exercise: Aerobic exercise will improve blood flow , loosen muscles and joints and improve your mood. Do it to music you like, ideally outside in a pleasant env... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
One Is a doctor: Sports medicine physicians are md or do and have, on average, gone to 4 years of med school, 4-5 years of residency and one year of fellowship. They h... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
3% is too low!: Woman tender to have more bodyfat than men but for either, 3% is too low! the best way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you consume, eat h... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Physical therapy: You should be evaluated by a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor. You may benefit from postural correction exercises and physical therapy..
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Tight muscle: It could be a tight muscle, labral tear, femoroacetabular impingement, referred back pain.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Patellofemoral?: If the pain is in the front of the knee it may be patellofemoral syndrome and you would benefit from physical therapy.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Muscle?: Could be muscle strain, disc or facet joint problem.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Depends: Could be a herniated disc, muscle strain, facet joint or ligament sprain. Bad posture and core weakness are usually to blame
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Shouldn't be: Rehabilitation is highly individualized and customizable. Should be done in a way to minimize pain and improve function. Rehabilitation after surgery ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Multidisciplinary: There are many things you can try including physical therapy, acupuncture, meditation, biofeedback, yoga, alexander technique, tai-chi, feldenkrais me... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
No: Sports medicine is a subspecialty board certification. You can be board certified if your primary specialty is orthopedic surgery, physical medicine a... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Change position: Change positions often, make sure you have a good chair, and consider a standing or flexible work station.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Physical therapy: You should be evaluated by a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor. You may benefit from postural correction exercises and physical therapy..
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Fruit juice and milk: Fruit juices and milk products (yogurt) can often cause bloating, gas pains, diarrhea and should be taken with caution if you have a history of easy s... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Depends: Could be a herniated disc, muscle strain, faced joint or ligament sprain. Bad posture usually is to blame.
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Yes: The weight of your breasts can lead to poor posture which puts extra stress on the spine, especially your middle and upper back. Try different, more s... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
See a doctor: You should get evaluated asap since you have such diffuse and severe symptoms.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Try injection: Have you tried an injection? They can be very effective and allow you to resume normal activities.
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Maybe a sprain: I would have the ankle evaluated by the doctor that saw you when you had the fracture. It could be as simple as a sprain, or it could be post-traumati... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Probably not : Gerd can cause heartburn but should not cause chest and upper back pain and tingling. This may be a problem with your neck or the nerves or muscles ar... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
No equipment: The best physical therapy involves posture and activity reeducation, stretching, strengthening and working on the floor, with mars balls and rubberban... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Hip dysplasia: Developmental dysplasia of the hip, scoliosis, pelvic obliquity can all cause one leg to seem shorter than the other.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Guided injection: I would try an injection around the nerve with ultrasound guidance prior to surgery. Also make sure you have had emg/ncs to see if there is true nerve... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
It may be bursitis: You may have inflammation of your trochanteric bursa, a fluid filled sac that reduces friction at the outside of your hip. Try ice and antiflammatory ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
No medicine!: The best medicine for low back pain is ice, heat, stretching, exercise and time. Topical creams and patches may help too. Medicine by mouth should be ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Depends: It depends on what your exact diagnosis is.
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Sep 15, 2013
Intelligent comprehensive physician with advanced training who achieve the highest recognition in our speciality for a young Physiatrist by having the highest school in the country on written board ex...Read More
Aug 14, 2013
You get my vote! nice job! keep up the good work.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Kirschner is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I have a burning sensation in my lower back which does not allow me to sit for more than 10 minutes 6 months post surgery .
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Your answer made me feel good, thanks! I can even trace and touch the very bone in my neck, root of the pain.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thankyou!!! Its very scary to hear these noises!!! Take care...

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of MedicineSUNY
Graduated 2005MD

Residency

UMDNJ-NJMS/Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation

Awards

Assistant Professor
Earl C Elkins Award 2009
Jerry Weissman, MD Resident Teacher of the Year Award 2013
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