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Dr. Rikin Patel

Sports Medicine
NJ
20 years experience male

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Sports Medicine

Pain Management

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Licenses

United States: New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

37 Answers
7 Agrees
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A female asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Still a knot: This can easily be treated with a quick history and examination -- this knot may be an inflamed subcutaneous fibroadenomatous nodule. Usually not seri... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Back strain : Most likely this is an acute back strain. I would rest, ice for 48hrs if it is swollen. Over the counter antiinflammatories may help as well if you h... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
See a specialist: Jessica, Not sure how long you have been having the symptoms however I would recommend you see a sports or foot specialist. Normally a cracking n... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Usually benign: Typically that lump in your lower back is an area in the thoracolumbar fascia that develops a know. It is not typically dangerous and becomes "inflame... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Disc herniation?: While flexing is thought to potentially increase risk of worsening a disc herniation.. It is not necessarily bad; especially if it isn't causing you m... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Avoid crutches: If your injury is recent it may be reasonable to use for the first few days to allow the area to rest and avoid putting a load on a tendon. After firs... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
YES: Trigger point injections typically involve disrupting myofascia and muscles that are in spasm. The dry needling done during the injection can cause br... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Maybe Costocondritis: Based on your basic description it maybe costocondritis. If this does not improve after the first several days or worsens would recommend an evaluatio... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Depends : This really depends on what is the make up of your exercise program - cardio - strength - stretching etc and on how you feel. However if you aren't sp... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
That depends: First, it would help to know the cause of your back pain. If its mostly muscular and related to a strain then essentially your muscles are telling yo... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Are you sweating?: This may be related to sweat and often when skin not kept dry you can experience this. Consider using a towel during workouts to limit the time sweat ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Usually not serious : Do you notice when this happens? At a certain point or greater pace? Or when you perspire excessively? Or depending on clothing? This may be a normal ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Side Effect: Tramadol has properties similar to anti-depressants that work as serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI). It is not an anti-depressant. However, SSRI me... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Go to the ER: I highly recommend you get immediate medical attention for this symptoms. It seems you have mentioned psych meds? (in the title) and you may be having... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Not working : I do not think increasing the dose if going to provide an more benefit. I would not take 20mg at a once. Hope that helps!
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
No crutches: Jessi, Sorry to hear about your pain. Typically patella tracking disorder does require crutches. Considering getting a patellofemoral knee brace whic... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
No specific cause: There is not likely a specific underlying cause. Once a knee has an injury, it is no longer a stable as it once was and has a higher risk of re-injury... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Not normal: This is not something that I would consider to be a normal effect of working out. I would recommend you start by seeing a general physician if you hav... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Recommend Eval: With knee pain lasting a month, swelling and stiffness I would recommend you have the knee looked at. There are several possible causes to your sympto... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
See a specialist: I would really consider seeing someone who specializes in sports injuries. I am not sure how the medical system works in portugal. However, if you hav... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Upper back strain : More commonly this is a muscle strain. It can be very uncomfortable initially and debilitating. Heat. Stretch. Massage may help. If it persists beyond... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Better Balance: There is probably a better way to promote weight loss then just eating porridge and greens. Consider a high vegetable and protein based diet with low... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Concerning: While it doesn't sound serious. The fact that it hasn't improved in 2 weeks is likely a good time to consider a more comprehensive evaluation. Possibi... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Many causes : There are many causes to what you are describing and more information is needed. Consider a telehealth consult as it may be a good starting point in ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
See a physician : If this was going to resolve on its own it probable would have improved already. Consider seeing a physician now
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Usually muscle strai: Typically this type of pain with activity involves a muscle strain. If these symptoms in your shoulder blade (back of your shoulder it is likely the m... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Functional Medicine: Consider seeing your family physician for routine blood work. Functional medicine may help in evaluating why your body may be fatiguing so quickly an... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Keep an eye on it: If safe for you, consider trying an over the counter anti-inflammatory, heat and stretching of the neck area. If your symptoms persist beyond 7-10days... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
See Hand Surgeon: Ruby, I recommend you see a hand specialist asap. Hope that helps.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Separate Injury: Amanda, Sciatica tends to be a very broad and poorly used terminology by many practitioners without giving you a clear cause of your pain. While the... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Depends on facility : This will likely depend on the rehab center that the patient is admitted to and what type of condition they are admitted for. Hope that helps
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
MSK issue: Brooke, Since more serious medical have been excluded, I would consider seeing an MSK specialist (sports/ortho). This may be muscular, myofascial, s... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
See a specialist: Pfox, I recommend you see a neurologist, ortho spine specialist; neurosurgeon or physiatrist who is trained in spinal disorders. It sounds like you ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Tendinitis: Sounds like you have a case of tendinitis, however there may even be a partial tear. Recommend an evaluation with a sports specialist or physiatrist. ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Consider appointment: it sounds like you need an evaluation. Hard to say both are related however it can be possible as often many conditions can refer pain to the back. At... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Be cautious: I would try and avoid taking up to 3000mg of tylenol on a regular basis regardless of what source. While 3000mg/24 is an accepted dosing amount. The p... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rikin Patel
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Nerve problem : Pins and needles usually describe A nervous system issue. If not accompanied by facial weakness, pain, slurred speech, swallowing difficulties it may ... Read More
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

New York Institute of Technology New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, NY
Graduated 2002MD

Residency

NYU HOSPITALS CENTER

Awards

Top Sports Medicine Specialist, First Place, Texas - Spring
2017
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