My name is Dr. Eric Degis and I am a specialist in the conservative and rehabilitative treatment of spine related injuries. I get people with spine pain out of pain. I teach them what went wrong that caused the pain. And, I then guide them so they can prevent it from coming back.
Patients seek out my expertise for many reasons, but staying out of pain, avoiding surgery if possible, and returning to their favorite activities are some of their greatest motivations. In addition, patients trust me to have their best interests in mind in both my treatment approach as well as in referring them to other specialists in the co-treatment of their conditions.
There is no shortage of doctors, therapists, and alternative healers who deal with spine related issues. Some conservatively and some more invasive. Having been in your position as a patient 27 years ago, I know how challenging all of this may seem.
Spinal related issues can be complicated to treat successfully. After herniating a disk in my lower back, I myself spent many years frustrated and disappointed by the poor care and the conflicting advice I received. There were just too many health care professionals claiming their expertise, and very few who came through on their promises. In the end, what I realized is that spinal related issues needed more time and personal understanding than most professionals could give.
So, what then defines success in the treatment of spinal issues? Pain is often the motivating factor when seeking care, but should the pain be the focus of the care? Low back issues in particular, have a poor long-term success rate when pain reduction is the primary goal of treatment. However, long-term success improves dramatically when patients are educated to understand the causes and are then guided and taught how to take control of their own health.
My devotion to making a difference in people’s lives stems from my own failed experiences as a patient. These experiences have shown me just how valuable it is to listen intently to what patients have to share. It is through this interaction between patient and doctor that successful outcomes are achieved.
I help people with spinal issues, which in itself is not unique. What is unique though, is how I go about it and the determination and passion that drives it. Patients need to understand what created their issues, what is continually fueling it to remain active or chronic, and how to modify their activities to break the chain that continually pains them. This is how our conservative care model was designed to help patients.
I have based my 23 year career on earning patients trust. I take great pride in knowing that thousands of patients have trusted me with their health and that I continually follow through on my promises to them.
“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody, is to trust them.”
Additional background information:
I have been a clinician in private practice for over 23 years in NYC helping active New Yorkers realize their physical potential through conservative care that I continue to perfect each day I practice.
Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) with a Master of Science (MS) in Applied Clinical Nutrition and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Pre-med studies.
National Association of Spine Specialists (NASS), Professional Member
American Back Society (ABS), Professional Member
American Chiropractic Association (ACA), Professional Member
American Council on Exercise (ACE), Continuing Education Professional Provider
National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM), Professional Corrective Exercise Specialist
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Advanced technique training:
Active Release Technique (ART), full body certified
The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Level I & II
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
My family, Perfecting my craft, Snowboarding, Sea Kayaking, Classic Rock Music, and as a long suffering Minnesota Vikings fan!