Vasilios Kountis, D.O.
Areas of Expertise:
Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spine,
Vasilios Kountis, D.O.
Areas of Expertise:
Endoscopic Spine Procedures
Interventional Pain Medicine
Diplomate, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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Dr. Kountis’ Care Philosophy
As a spine specialist, Dr. Kountis finds that patients come to him after years of dealing with their pain and having seen many physicians but having minimal improvement in their symptoms. As the source of pain becomes a chronic problem, it starts to affect other aspects of a patient’s health. The social, emotional and psychological impacts of chronic pain start to play a role in the perception of pain and thus start adding to the impact of pain in a person’s daily life and routine.
Limiting activity, restricting social engagements, and the stress and barriers that severe pain imposes start to change a patient’s outlook on improvement and hope for a pain free future. There are actually well documented physical and chemical changes that occur in a patient with chronic pain. Changes are seen in circulating cortisol levels, along with other neurotransmitters involved with sleep cycles and mood.
Dr. Kountis understands that not everyone wants to run a marathon, but he operates under the belief that everyone wants to, and deserves to, live a full life that is free of pain. That’s why he carefully evaluates each patient’s condition, as well as their goals, and prescribes customized treatment plans that effectively meet each individual’s unique needs.
He is an expert at assessing all types of painful injuries – work, sports, fracture or arthritis related – and spends time listening closely to each patient, providing a thorough assessment, and if necessary referring patients for additional testing, in order to get to the bottom of what is causing the pain. He is also certified in musculoskeletal ultrasound and doesn’t hesitate to use it for accurate diagnosis of underlying pathologic conditions or to precisely place biologic and synthetic agents to heal an injury.
Dr. Kountis believes …
Dr. Kountis truly believes in treating pain as early as it starts as he finds we can prevent pain from progressing into a debilitating hindrance for many patients. Once a patient’s pain has already become chronic, he always makes sure the treatment is a multi-disciplinary plan, involving interventional and surgical techniques that treat the initial source of the pain along with the incorporation of physical rehabilitation and psychosocial therapies to help get the patient back to the quality of life they strive for.
Dr. Kountis treats …
Dr. Kountis is a spine specialist who treats with a multidisciplinary team approach for the prevention and treatment of spine and other painful musculoskeletal conditions. He offers patients a spectrum of non-invasive and minimally invasive spine procedures for the effective diagnosis and treatment of a variety of musculoskeletal disorders.
Dr. Kountis utilizes …
Dr. Kountis utilizes the most advanced spine practices and techniques to maximize function and quality of life, despite often severe neurologic and/or orthopedic conditions.
Dr. Kountis is an abstract reviewer for the PM&R journal and is a teaching faculty member at New York University Medical Center.
Dr. Kountis is also involved with several scientific organizations including The North American Spine Society, Spinal Intervention Society and the American Osteopathic Association as well as The American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
Dr. Kountis also specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis, fractures and sprains, traumatic injuries of the musculoskeletal system. He is certified in the use of ultrasound guidance for the application of ortho-biologic and synthetic agents including platelet rich plasma, stem cells and viscosupplementation.
A sensible and thoughtful physician and spine specialist, Dr. Kountis treats every patient as a unique individual and tailors treatment plans for their specific needs. He continues to investigate and train in the most advanced techniques for the benefit of his patients.