Who is Diagnosing and Monitoring your Arthritis?

POSTED ON MONDAY, MAY 06, 2013 AT 12:00 PM  by Dr. Marc Liebeskind

The warm weather in New York City has arrived and it finally appears to be here to stay. For many New Yorkers, the springtime creates enticement to spend more time enjoying the outdoors walking, biking, and jogging. However, if you are one of the approximately 4.7 million adults living with arthritis in New York State, you may choose to avoid adding any additional activity to your daily routine than necessary.

At Park Avenue Radiologists, we understand that arthritis can have a major impact on your quality of life.

Arthritis is not an inevitable part of growing older. There are treatment options to ease the debilitating effects and prevent arthritis. Arthritis can sometimes be avoided by maintaining a healthy body weight, eating a nutritious diet, and practicing moderate exercise. Physical activity and weight management may also help manage the pain and stiffness caused by many forms of arthritis.


How do you know if your stiffness or joint pain is a form of arthritis?



For those living with arthritis, proper diagnosis by a health care professional is a key component of effective treatment. Arthritis is a disease of the joints, characterized by inflammation of the affected areas. A musculoskeletal radiologist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating muscle and joint problems. Doctors in this specialty are experts in how your bones, muscles, and ligaments work together.

The musculoskeletal system is the network of muscles and bones within the body. Injuries, conditions like arthritis, and other growth and degeneration problems can cause pain and disorders that cannot always be immediately identified by examining the body on the surface. It is a musculoskeletal radiologist’s job to conduct medical imaging of the problem areas to figure out what, precisely, is going on underneath the surface.

At Park Avenue Radiologists, P.C. all of our radiologists are Board Certified and stay abreast of new developments in technology and medical research. For our patients that have or may be developing arthritis, Dr. Amy Liebeskind and Dr. Carolyn Boltin are two members of our team of radiologists who specialize in musculoskeletal radiology. Dr. Liebeskind and Dr. Boltin work to carefully interpret the images captured at our physician owned and operated private facility on Park Avenue, and report their findings to your physician ordering the diagnostic examination.

Diagnosing problems through the use of medical imaging technology requires extensive training and experience. Muscle degeneration and bone misalignments are frequently subtle, and the skill needed to pinpoint them takes years of precise education. This is why at Park Avenue Radiologists, P.C. we understand that you should know the experts diagnosing your arthritis.

Dr. Amy Liebeskind

Dr. Amy Liebeskind graduated magna cum laude from the University of California and went on to receive an MA in art history from Columbia University, New York. She received her MD from Yale University School of Medicine.

Following medical school, Dr. Liebeskind completed her internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania followed by a Radiology Residency at Lenox Hill Hospital, where she was Chief Resident, and a Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY.

Dr. Liebeskind held the position of Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiology at Columbia University Medical Center, NY from 2006-2007. She then went on to hold the position of Attending Radiologist at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY where she focused on Musculoskeletal and Body Imaging, and at Franklin and Seidelmann Subspecialty Radiology where she focused on Musculoskeletal MRI.

Dr. Liebeskind is Board Certified by the American Board of Radiology and is also a member of the American Roentgen Ray Society, Radiological Society of North America, Americares-Global Medical Advisors Board and the New York Roentgen Society. She has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals and presented papers at national radiology meetings.

Dr. Carolyn Mira Boltin

Dr. Carolyn Mira Boltin graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude from Brown University with an honors degree in English and American Literature. She earned her M. D. at the Brown University School of Medicine in May of 2000, receiving a citation for academic excellence and the Glasgow Memorial Achievement Award given by the American Medical Women's Association for women ranked as outstanding graduates.  While in medical school, Dr. Boltin participated in a clinical research internship at New York University's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. She completed a radiology residency in June of 2005 at the Cornell Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital and went on to specialize in musculoskeletal radiology with a fellowship degree from the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

After completing her training, she served as an attending at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital reading both general and musculoskeletal radiology and performing arthrograms and anesthetic spinal injections. She returned to New York in 2008 as an Assistant Professor of Radiology at New York University Medical Center with clinical responsibilities in both the Musculoskeletal and Emergency Departments.

There is help for those who suffer from the restrictions that can come with the disabling impact of arthritis. Our team of experts is available to answer any questions that you may have regarding your imaging examination. At Park Avenue Radiologists, P.C., we recognize that many times our patients come to us in pain, at times chronic or severe, and our staff is readily available to assist you. The goal of our team of experienced employees is to provide our patients with incomparable imaging services. To schedule your diagnostic examination with us today, schedule online, email scheduling@parkavenueradiologists.com, or call us: 212-888-1000.

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