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Primary Care and Physiatry: When One Leads to the Other, Sooner is Better than Later


Physiatrist Dr Espiritu McKay works closely with primary care clinicians in getting performing artists back to work and stresses that early referral can make a big difference.

Physiatrist Tracy Espiritu McKay, DO, works with injured performing artists who are often referred to her from primary care practices. Because she also works so closely with a group of primary care clinicians in her clinic at NYU Langone Health in NY, NY, she regularly sees the significant benefits of early referral for the types of injuries sustained by dancers, in particular, but also musicians and vocalists.

In a recent interview with Patient Care® she stressed physiatry's commitment to conservative management whenever possible, which is more likely when referral is timely.

Tracy Espiritu McKay, DO, is clinical assistant professor in the department of rehabilitation medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine in New York where she specializes in Performing Arts Medicine and Integrative Sports and Spine Medicine at NYU Langone Health. She is also the chair of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation's Performing Arts Medicine Community.

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