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Dr. Mark Sterling

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Smithtown, NY
31 years experience male

Locations

North Shore Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

Address

48 Rte. 25A
Directions

About

Bio

Chairman, Dept. of PM&R, St. Catherine of Siena Hospital, Board-certified interventional physiatrist, treating all spinal conditions, performing EMG/NCV studies to evaluate for spinal and peripheral nerve injuries, enjoys teaching and giving back to the community.

Specialties
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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

85 Answers
6 Agrees
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Fix the problem: Try some physical therapy, some anti-inflammatories or maybe some steroid injections. Surgery is the last option. When you stand the nerve is shorte... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Yes: Cyclobenzaprine is very closely related to the class of drugs called first-generation tricyclic antidepressants. These are known to lower seizure thr... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Sciatica?: 31 year old women should not be using walkers. See a doctor. Weakness of both legs can be caused by sciatica, but not so much cramping or stiffness.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Eat right/exercise.: A 24 year old male should have no problems gaining muscle mass if he's otherwise healthy. The key is to watch your calories, increase your baseline m... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
There's always hope: Without knowing what caused the problem, but assuming that treatments have been mostly pills, there are treatments involving nerve blocks, procedures ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Pain/weakness to leg: All symptoms would be to the left leg. Especially to little toe or bottom of foot. You might also expect weakness in the calf or hamstring muscle.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Might help...: Inversion tables, are a form of traction, and will help about a third of people with disc injuries and pinched nerves. It's rare to feel worse from t... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Herpes Zoster?: Or shingles would give you a rash and can give you long lasting pain. The condition is treatable. But you should be examined by a doctor to be sure.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Restless Leg synd...: In older people, but in younger people its very rare. Fortunately, there are some simple treatments. Circulatory or neurological causes are common, ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
A spine specialist: Could be a physiatrist, a pain management specialist (usually an anesthesiologist) or an orthopedist. But see someone who's interested in fixing the ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
No: A massage can cause tissue necrosis and pain if deeper tissues are massaged before the more superficial ones are relaxed. Only go to licensed massage... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
See a spine doctor: Middle back pain in a young man is almost always mechanical back pain (not from a disc injury or a nerve injury). It should get better from a simple ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Exercising at home?: Not so bad. Physical therapy is not forever, and i tell my patients all the time the goal is to get them out of pt. So when you go to pt, make sure y... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Usually no...: But if you're not responding to treatment, sometimes we order an MRI to make sure there are no unforseen problems and in case more invasive treatments... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
For treating what?: The nih did a study showing the benefit of chiropractic care for acute spinal conditions such as muscular sprains, sciatica and muscle spasm for the f... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Placebos are good: You can take anything you want and put it in your body, but what evidence do you have that any homeopathic medicines are actually going to help? A pre... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Increase protein...: You want to maintain a positive nitrogen balance to build muscle. Caloric intake is important, and drink lots of water.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Anesthesia effect?: Too many variables and questions to be more definitive. When was the surgery, when did the symptoms start, any other medical problems? See your doctor... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
For what?: There are real reasons to take pain killers and muscle relaxers. Chronic use of some pain killers is associated with addiction and dependency. That's... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Sciatica: Sciatica, or in medical terms lumbosacral radiculopathy, is commonly associated with differences in temperature to the affected extremity. Not all pa... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Coke or Pepsi?: They're no different. They're both narcotics and in opioid equivalency 1 mg of hydrocodone equals 1 mg of oxycodone. So use whatever you think works b... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Costochondritis?: Inflammation of a rib, usually only on one side, that is increased by inspiration is treatable. A pulled muscle should respond spontaneously. So dep... Read More
A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Yes: But they're not injected into the disk. Steroids can be injected into the facet joints or into epidural spaces. Epidurals are very safe and effecti... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
What: What physical therapist do you recommend? Is it important to do a home exercise program?
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Whats the treatment?: You have an injury, what are you doing to fix it? It is possible the problem isn't disc pain and could be musculoskeletal pain in which case physical... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Maybe: Ceragem (acupressure massage) might help heal a disc injury, but there aren't any good studies showing its benefit in double blind studies. The skept... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Early, yes-Later, no: But again, what's the cause of the muscle degeneration? If you're working out hard and are poorly hydrated, you could get muscle breakdown and degen... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Usually, yes....: But results can vary depending on the chronicity and extent of the injury. A fracture on one side shouldn't give you symptoms to both legs, so a con... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Yes: People with muscle spasm of the thoracic spine can have pain with deep inspiration, and difficulty breathing. It's also possible to have spasm of the... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Yes: If he's doing it right. If you keep practicing, maybe you can make your partner shake also.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Eat right/exercise.: A 34 year old should have no problems gaining muscle mass if otherwise healthy. The key is to watch your calories, increase your baseline metabolism ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Drug reaction?: Too many facts missing from the story, but myalgias ( muscle pains) are caused by many medications including beta blockers like atenolol, benzodiazepi... Read More
A 76-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
So many options: See a pain specialist, and keep trying. There are many different types of medications, non-medical treatments including biofeedback, and possibly a ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
You can't....: Short of a court order. The abuser has to see the value of rehab and be willing to go. An intervention might help an abuser to see how their actions... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Diet and exercise: Are the key. Watch your calories, increase your baseline metabolism by working out; this increases muscle mass and you'll burn more calories. And ma... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Almost like placebos: Studies have shown that glucosamine chondroitin is only about 5% better than placebo. That mean if 20 people take it, 19 are wasting their money. Wha... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
See a spine Dr.: Typically scoliosis will not cause pain below 40degrees, so assuming your pain is coming from something else, we have to find out what. An MRI will s... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Very little evidence: Kinesio tape has been shown to have very little or trivial benefit in treating musculoskeletal sports injuries, and there's less evidence to support u... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
It shouldn't...: But it could theoretically. An x-ray could help to tell. See your doctor, there are lots of simpler reasons for pain.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Sounds like Sciatica: ...But, how long had this been going on? Any trauma history? Weakness? Lots of questions that a good physical exam and some imaging studies should ans... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
It will get better: Tailbone pain, or coccygodynia, is commonly caused by trauma, and its probably the hardest problem for me to treat personally. It's hard to access th... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Mechanical back pain: Back pain that doesn't radiate and gets worse after standing is usually musculoskeletal back pain. When we sit our iliopsoas muscles get tighter and ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
No: There are few studies on this but no conclusive evidence to suggest it causes arthritis. But listen to your mother...And clean your room.
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Cervical spondylosis: Means degenerative arthritic changes in the neck. Arthritis means inflammation of a joint, and the joints in the neck truly become arthritic with limi... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
A spine specialist: This could be a physiatrist, orthopedic spine surgeon, neurosurgeon and sometimes even your family practicioner can help. The good news is that most ... Read More
A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
See your doctor: It's probably a urinary tract infection. If you can't control your urine or bowel habits, then you should go to your local emergency room because tha... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Eat well & exercise: That's the best combination combined with perseverance. Adequate protein intake to maintain a positive nitrogen balance is also necessary. There are... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
For them or you?: Listen to rush limbaugh every day for a week, and if you don't want to cut off your ears after the first 20 minutes, you're making progress.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Go: Go to therapy; and it will get you better; but then stretch at home.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Depends on the cause: There are different causes for neck pain. So to figure out how best to treat your neck pain, we have to know what's causing it. Physical therapy, ant... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Sterling is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Sterling is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Keep touting and lesrn more about Scroth and Pilates! 42 degree and 32 degree curve. 50 years old. They are lifesavers but our small town is limited! Research! Exercise the weak side; physics.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I'm also going to Mayo Clinic in september, to see what is causing this. I'm 31 years old.. I should not be feeling this way! :(
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thanks. Its awesime knowing that there ia someone out there to answer my questions when its after hours at the doctors office

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

New York Medical College, NY
Graduated 1991MD

Awards

Top Physical Medicine and Rehab Specialist, Second Place, New York - Summer
2013
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