Non-Operative Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Specializing in Regenerative Medicine, Concussion Management and Acupuncture
Danielle DeGiorgio, DO, is a non-operative sports medicine physician. She is a native of Long Island, graduating from Longwood High School as a three-sport athlete. She attended Stony Brook University on a full athletic scholarship and served as captain of the women’s basketball team.
After obtaining her medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. DeGiorgio completed an internship at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, followed by a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Stony Brook University Medical Center, serving as chief resident in her senior year. In addition, Dr. DeGiorgio completed training in structural acupuncture at Harvard Medical School. Following her residency, Dr. DeGiorgio went on to complete a Fellowship in Sports Medicine at Christiana Care, serving as a Fellow team physician for the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, as well as for local high school teams.
Dr. DeGiorgio is OALI's Director of Regenerative Medicine and is an Assistant Clinical Professor with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation within the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. She is dual-board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine.
"I can't think of enough good things to say about Dr. DeGiorgio. She is smart, up-to-date, clear, and responsive. She heard me, answered all my questions and I never felt rushed out the door. She doesn't rush to surgery and has access to more pre-surgical options than I would have known about. My friends tell me that her needle technique is terrific. Her staff is very pleasant and efficient, and my wait time was very short. She is superb." -
Evaluate and treat injuries in a dynamic way in the office
Diagnostic: US is a non-invasive tool that can be used to evaluate for soft tissue damage (i.e. muscle, tendon, and ligament tears) as well as assess areas of inflammation (i.e. joint effusion, bursitis, cyst formation) and obstructions causing nerve entrapment, without exposure to radiation.
Therapeutic Injections/procedures: Utilizing US to guide a needle to the target area is a safe and effective way to ensure proper placement. With direct visualization of local nerves/blood vessels there is reduced risk of injury during the procedure and immediate confirmation that the target has been reached. This leads to a greater likelihood of a painless procedure and greater pain relief with the injection.
COMMONLY PERFORMED US GUIDED PROCEDURES:
Barbotage procedure for calcific tendonitis
Bursae injections including scapulothoracic, trochanteric, and subacromial
Joint injections (hip, sacroiliac, shoulder, knee, elbow, wrist, hand, ankle or foot)
Percutaneous needle tenotomy for recalcitrant tennis/golfer’s elbow, gluteal tendinopathy, plantar fascitis
Tendon sheath injections (i.e. bicipital tendonitis, DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis)
Trigger finger injections
Trigger point injections
Peripheral nerve hydro-dissection
Acupuncture is a great adjunctive treatment to encourage the body into balance, promoting natural healing and improving function. This includes:
Improving physical and mental sports performance and conditioning
Treating acute and chronic injuries
Concussion management requires an individualized care plan with a multidisciplinary approach. This enables patients to return to school and work as safely and quickly as possible.
Regardless of how an acute injury occurs, that injury is followed by an instantaneous and intense inflammatory response, which stimulates tissue to begin the healing process.
All tissue in our body tries to regenerate itself. However, in an effort to quicken the process a much less pliable and less functional “scar tissue” is usually laid down. Ultimately, what we want to do is decrease that scarring event and emphasize that innate regenerative process. By adding growth factors and signaling cells found in our blood and bone marrow to an injury, we can actually reverse this process and guide cells to a more functional healing.
By concentrating these regenerative cells around an injured area, there is a promotion of tissue healing and regeneration through enhancement in recruitment, proliferation and differentiation of cells needed to accelerate the healing process. Tissue healing responses may be different depending on the tissue being treated and the acuity of the injury.
What Dr. DeGiorgio loves about regenerative medicine is that it offers the patient an opportunity to gain back the quality of life they had prior to the injury. Whether its playing professional sports, or hide and seek with the grandkids, everyone’s goal is equally important. Understanding there is no, “one size fits all” treatment, each plan is tailored to meet the need of each individual patient.
AREAS OF INTEREST
As a sports medicine specialist, Dr. DeGiorgio has specialized training in non-operative treatment and prevention of injury. With a focus on maximizing function and minimizing disability, she limits patients’ time away from sports, work and school.
Dr. DeGiorgio treats orthopedic injuries of the spine and extremities for patients of all ages.
- Acute injuries (such as ankle sprains, muscle strains, hip, knee & shoulder injuries, and fractures)
- Overuse injuries (such as rotator cuff, golfer/tennis elbow and other forms of tendonitis, or stress fractures)
- Concussion (mild traumatic brain injury)
- Injury prevention
- Promotion of a healthy lifestyle including recommendations on safe strength training and conditioning exercises
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- East Setauket