Dr. Salvador Portugal is an Assistant Professor in the Dapartment of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. He is also Director of the Sports Fellowship program and Medical Director, Sports Medicine Rehabilitation. Dr. Portugal completed his residency at NYU Grossman and his fellowship at UMDNJ. He also received an MBA from Brandies in 2020.
For this portion, he discussed several topics, such as clinical presentation, risk factors, pathophysiology, diagnostic testing, and non-surgical treatment options. He provided a review from the standpoint of what we should be doing in current practice. Shoulder injury usually is characterized as a marked decrease in range of motion. Patients often have difficulty reaching overhead or behind the back that causes a sensation of pain and stiffness. Prevalence in the general population is 2-5% and women are more affected than men. Pathophysiology is not often understood. Adhesive Capsulitis of the Shoulder after surgery potentially may be a risk. Prevalence is around 11% and women are affected more than men. He addressed the issue of which kind of imaging is important, such as X-rays and MRIs. He then moved on to additional diagnostic testing. Patients with a thyroid condition or diabetes are at increased risk of developing adhesive capsulitis. So, when should we begin considering testing or evaluating these conditions? Approximately one-third of patients with adhesive capsulitis are likely to have diabetes. Next, he focused on non-surgical forms of treatment and management.
Dr. Moroz attended the NYU School of Medicine and remained at NYU-Rusk Rehabilitation for residency training, and subsequently, his first and only job. He rose through the faculty ranks and currently is Director of Residency Training and Vice Chair for Education. Dr. Moroz sought out additional training and became a New York State certified acupuncturist, and is directing the Integrative Sports Medicine program, which includes an 18-month track for PM&R residents leading them to becoming certified physician acupuncturists.
Dr. Brian Sunwoo is a current administrative chief resident in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program at NYU Langone Health. He attended Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine, where he received the Dean's Recognition Award and will begin a fellowship in Interventional Spine after completing residency. As an NYU resident, he has served on the Rusk Health Equity, GME Diversity and Inclusion, and House Staff Leadership Committees. Dr. Sunwoo currently is completing his clinical acupuncture certification through the NYU PM&R residency program with plans to incorporate its use in his future practice.
The following items were discussed in Part 2: effectiveness of acupuncture treatment either pre- or post-operative in dealing with nausea and vomiting in the post-surgical period; use of acupuncture in treating mental health conditions; extent to which sham acupuncture is being used in research; whether expectancy data are collected beforehand to measure how strongly patients anticipate a positive acupuncture treatment outcome; health problems where research indicates a high-certainty level of evidence for acupuncture; use of artificial intelligence in acupuncture research and treatment; and current or planned research endeavors at NYU that involve acupuncture.