A specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatry), Simon Shapiro, DO (doctor of osteopathy), focuses on interventional spine medicine.
This subspecialty, Dr. Shapiro explains, treats spine problems and pain with an emphasis on nonoperative and interventional approaches to pain management and functional optimization.
“Many people have back pain and we know it can be debilitating,” Dr. Shapiro says. “There are so many treatment options that it can be confusing for patients to navigate the system and know what to do. After hearing a patient’s story, examining them and doing the appropriate diagnostic tests and studies, we have a conversation. With musculoskeletal care, there are many options, and patients never have to feel like there is only one way to go.”
Dr. Shapiro has a particular interest in interventional spine care, which entails treating back pain with injections, nerve blocks, and other methods that don’t require surgery. Most of the procedures Dr. Shapiro performs involve targeted, image-guided injections for the spine, nerves, joints, and musculoskeletal system to treat pain and improve function.
An assistant professor of clinical orthopedics and rehabilitation for Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Shapiro is a published author in the fields of interventional spine care and integrative medicine. He is additionally trained in acupuncture and Oriental medicine.