Dr. Antonio Stecco is an Assistant Professor at Rusk Rehabilitation, New York University. A physiatrist, he has been President of the Fascial Manipulation Association since 2010, Assistant to the President of the International Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from 2012 to 2014, and President of the International Myopain Society since 2020. His scientific activity is devoted to the study of the human fasciae from a macroscopically, histologically and patho-physiologically point of view. He personally made over 100 cadaver dissections for research. From 2007, he organized and personally held theoretical-practical courses about the Fascial Manipulation method in all five continents. The author of more than 50 in extensor papers about the fascia, Dr. Stecco has co-authored 5 books and is co-author of different chapters of international books. His medical degree and PhD degree are from the University of Padova in Italy.
In Part 1, we discussed: what attracted him to accept a position at NYU Langone Health; whether the COVID resurgence affected his ability to do research and furnish care for patients; results of his research on a comparison between traditional rehabilitation treatment and fascial manipulation of chronic neck pain; the results of a study he conducted on the role played by fasciae in ankle injuries sustained by basketball players; differences between males and females in the kind of injuries they sustain to their ankles and other body parts playing basketball; his training of major league baseball players in using fascial manipulation to decrease injury and improve performance; how to decrease injury among soccer players; and how fascial or muscle stretching exercises are an integral part of rehabilitation and athletics.
In Part 2, we discussed: why determining the underlying cause of elbow pain can prove to be difficult; what new developments have occurred since he co-authored an article on the topic of treatment options for fascial disorders; apart from treatment modalities he described, how other interventions such as surgery, medications, and physical therapy are applied; patients' use of complementary, alternative, and integrative forms of treatment; his use of telemedicine in the treatment of patients; the time lag between when medical innovations occur and their widespread adoption; and current studies in which he is involved or expects to undertake with his NYU colleagues