Neck Pain Specialist

Imelda Tan, PT, DPT, CES -  - Physical Therapist

Fifth Avenue Physical Therapy

Imelda Tan, PT, DPT, CES

Physical Therapist located in Midtown East, New York, NY

Dr. Imelda Tan, PT, DPT, CES is recognized as a skilled New York City physical therapist, providing patients in Midtown East and throughout Manhattan with the care and treatment they need to help resolve neck pain and improve pain-free range of motion.

Neck Pain Q&A

What causes neck pain?

Neck pain can be caused by an array of factors, including medical conditions like spinal stenosis, herniated discs, arthritis or other types of cervical disc disease, as well as lifestyle factors like poor posture and personal and work-related habits. To determine the cause of your neck pain, you may need to have diagnostic imaging including x-rays, CT scans or MRIs in addition to a complete evaluation of your physical symptoms.

How can Dr. Imelda Tan, PT, DPT, CES help relieve my neck pain?

Imelda is skilled in managing chronic and acute neck pain using advanced techniques aimed at reducing pressure and strain on the spine and other structures while providing relief from painful symptoms. Once the cause of your neck pain has been identified, she will develop a series of physical therapy activities to reduce strain and stress and build up strength in the muscles that support your neck. She'll also help you learn how to improve your posture while sitting, standing or performing other activities and to regain a healthy and pain-free range of motion.

What can I do to prevent neck pain on my own?

Imelda will provide you with instructions on strengthening exercises and stretches you can do on your own to help promote circulation and reduce pain. Practicing good posture is another very important thing you can dp to keep neck pain at bay. Sitting up straight ensures your spine is properly supported by your muscles, reducing strain that can cause inflammation. It's also important to make sure your mattress and pillow are supportive, and avoid habits like carrying a heavy laptop bag or backpack or sitting hunched over a computer or smartphone for hours every day.

Insurance & Direct Access

Physical Therapy is a medical expense covered by most major insurance plans. In order for therapy to be reimbursed by insurance, a doctor's prescription is usually required.  However current trends in Physical Therapy now allow therapists practicing in New York State to evaluate and treat patients without an MD referral or prescription. This is called Direct Access. You are entitled to a 30-day treatment period or 10 visits, whichever occurs first. This is an advantage for patients who wanted to get immediate care without making an appointment with the doctor. After performing the evaluation, your Physical Therapist will communicate with your primary care physician regarding medical findings as necessary. If further treatment is needed, then a referral from the physician is required. 

Most insurances pay for treatment under Direct Access. Our Insurance experts will verify coverage prior to your first physical therapy appointment. If your insurance plan doesn't pay for Direct Access, we can assist you in getting a Physical Therapy prescription/referral or you can payout of your pocket for a discounted fee in order to receive treatment.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
GWH-Cigna (formerly Great West Healthcare)
Mail Handlers Benefit Plan
Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)