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Dr. Naresh Rao

Sports Medicine
New York , NY
25 years experience male

Locations

Sports Medicine at Chelsea

New York , NY

Address

22 West 21st Street, Suite 400, New York , NY
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 7:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

2123666275

Insurances accepted

Cigna

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

Oxford Health Plans

Office

New York, NY

About

Bio

I am board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and hold a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine and have been practicing Sports and Wellness Medicine for over 10 years. I have a passion for bringing the team physician approach to those who seek to perform at their highest level.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Sports Medicine

Family Medicine

Licenses

United States: New York

Doctor Q&A

87 Answers
13 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Physical therapy: Buttock muscle strain is best treated with physical therapy, which includes relative rest, ice, flexibility and strengthening exercises. If it does n... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Excessive heat: Heat exhaustion is one of the conditions along the spectrum of heat illness. It occurs when the body's core body temperature exceeds 98.6 degrees f,... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Need more info: Did you have surgery? Regardless, the next step is to get cleared by your physician for physical therapy which will first include range of motion exe... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Eat healthy: Building muscle has more to do with the kinds of exercise you do than diet. However, one does need more protein to build muscle but much less than mo... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Get checked: Get your am free and total testosterone levels checked. If they are low and depending on the cause you may apply for a therapeutic use exemption. I... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Seek medical attenti: The veins and nerves of the legs have many potential disorders that can cause pain, so make sure to seek medical attention.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Patellofemoral: Most common cause of knee cap pain is patellofemoral pain syndrome, which is where the knee caps are malaligned. This may be due to weak the inside q... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Depends: Any moderate exercise is good to do but can often after a while get boring and may lead to you stopping, especially for beginners. Variety is key to ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Depends: Shin splints, known as medial tibial stress syndrome, typically last 2-4 weeks with adequate activity modification and physical therapy. Since they o... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Depends: It generally means that one is overuse the forearms, not unlike what happens with shin splints. It is generally treatment with temporary activity mod... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Brace then PT: Simple avulsion fractures typically are treated with a brace then physical therapy. It is treated generally the same as an acute lateral ankle sprain... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Rhythmic exercises: Rhythmic exercises that do not create excessive stretch on the outer part of the hip will generally not cause any pain. Swimming is one example. Stre... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Need medical attenti: Myositis ossificans is treated with physical therapy, the use of non steroidal anti inflammatories, injections and in severe cases surgery. It is imp... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Warm up: The best thing one can do prior to working out is to adequately warm up. Getting on an exercise bike for 15 minutes is one example.
A member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Seek medical attenti: Many questions need to be answered in order to diagnose the cause- is it on one side or both sides of your face, did it come on suddenly or gradually ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Seek medical attenti: Any headache after head trauma needs to evaluated by a physician immediately, regardless of fever or not.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Seek med attention: You may have a fracture with some nerve involvement. Seek medical attention immediately.
A member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Depends: Since the supplement industry is not regulated by the fda, the ingredients in supplements do not necessary have to contain what it claims or more so m... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Depends: Dvt is not a common complication after ankle sprain, so understanding your state of coagulability (i.e.- ability to clot) from your physician is impor... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Possible: Piriformis syndrome is possible. Most common is a biomechanical causes- look at postural/ergonomic causes. Assuming the MRI is of the ls spine is cl... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Physical therapy: Physical therapy involving temporary activity modification, pain control, flexibility, strengthening, and sport specific exercises is the best treatme... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Many preventive meas: Prevention of side cramps when exercising involves adequate hydration, nutrition, warming up and stretching. It is important not to overuse the abdom... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Not recommended: Muscles cramps are not not treated with creatine generally. Muscle cramps are treated with flexibility exercises, good nutrition and hydration, and a... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: A sedentary lifestyle will lead will lessen your capability to balance. Like any exercise, the more you do it the easier the 'memory' becomes for you... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
It is rare: Double jointed digits are rare and usually is a result of genetic disorders called hypermobility syndromes. It does not usually involved the digits on... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Different structures: A sprain is an injury to a ligament. A strain is an injury to tendon or muscle generally. Ligaments need time to heal so they may need bracing and r... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Not really: L-tyrosine is readily available in a well balance diet including meats, eggs, and beans, so that should be adequate enough for working out better and ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Technique issue: Most commonly in biceps curls the forearm flexors also are used, which can create an overuse of these muscles. Also, the extensors that stabilize the ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Most likely but: Assuming you have tried everything conservatively like physical therapy, art, rolfing, trigger point injections and have not seen an improvement the f... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Possibly: Double jointed hips usually means that one has loose ligaments/capsule of the joints. Loose joints in general if there is excessive motion at that jo... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Depends: It depends on your goal. If you are looking to tone your muscles, lower weight and higher rep such as 2-3 sets of 12-15 reps is generally recommended... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Airways constricting: Lungs that exposed to the cold usually causes a narrowing of the airways, called broncho-constriction. In some cases it may a sign of asthma. Chest ... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Weak core muscle: Do you have pain or not? Is this the first time? Being seen by an osteopathic physician who specializes in omt can resolve most of these kind of iss... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Make it fun: The behavioral aspect of exercise is key to a long lasting life with exercise. Making it fun by creating some variety or doing it with others or doing... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Adequate nutrition: Adequate nutrition is key to maintaining muscle mass. Since one burns many calories with triathalon training, getting enough calories through a healt... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Not sure: I am not familiar with this device and have therefore not recommended it to any of my athletes. There are many ways to achieve te same results that ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Many types: Seniors can benefit from low weight, high rep exercises to build strength. Also, building core strength is essential to maintain strong bones. Also,... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Seek med attn: Seek medical attention. Assuming you did not have a mechanism of injury, a vascular vs rheumatologic cause needs to be evaluated.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Oxygen: Aerobic exercise involves engaging in activities that expend energy while using oxygen. This is the most efficient use of your energy. Activities in... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Overuse injury: Usually occurs when an activity that involves a repetitive motion such as running incurs more force than then the area is meant to withstand. For exa... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Get a trainer: One of the best things you can do is get a personal trainer who specializes in the throwing motion. As with any sport it is important to do core stre... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Seek medical help: Any fall on an outstretched hand that causes pain needs to be seen by a physician in order to rule out a fracture.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Depends: A moderate workout in preparation to do a boot camp is a good start, but it depends on how intense the boot camp is and what is its goal. Specificall... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Seek medical attenti: Seek medical attention immediately. Pain is a sign and should not be ignored. It deserves a full workup as directed by your physician.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Hydration: Ceatine is not a harmless supplement considering it can affect your kidneys. Make sure to stay well hydrated while taking it. Creatinine is usually ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Not necessarily: After a full rehab program you most likely will not need a brace. The acl and meniscal should be good to go within 9 mos to 12 mos, some as early as ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Seek medical attn: With a fever certain infectious diseases do need to be ruled out. An example depending on where you live and your travel exposure would be malaria.
A member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
No: It is not normal to have that kind of reaction to a protein powder. Check to ingredients for any possible food intolerances. At age 14 i would recomm... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Not recommended: Pills for any form of fat loss typically involve increasing your metabolism or decreasing absorption of fat. Any pill for weight loss should be a par... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: It is recommended for men over 45 and women over 55 to have a physical prior to engaging in an exercise program. The risk of heart disease becomes si... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Rao is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Rao is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This is the first time. I was a collegiate athlete and recently had a microfracture op on the opposite knee. like the crutches r to blame
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Thank you doctor for the explanation. Increase my awareness that it is something not to ignore though its the leg.
HealthTap member
Thank you v.m Dr. I'll keep that in mind, I'll go to another specialist to see how bad is it.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

New York Institute of Technology New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, NY
Graduated 1971MD

Residency

UMDNJ Family Medicine Residency at Capital Health System

Awards

Fellow of American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine Award
American Osteopathic Association’s Annual Pfizer Fit for Life Award in Physical Fitness
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Most Innovative Product/Service in a Micro Business Award

Affiliations

USA Water Polo
Chairman TUE committee, Ironman International
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