Dr. Samuel Theagene

Broadly Experienced Pain and Rehab Practitioner

About Dr. Samuel Theagene

A fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, interventional pain physician Dr. Samuel M. Theagene received a BS in biology from Queens College and earned an MD from the University of Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico. Subsequently fulfilling the obligations of an internship at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia, Dr. Samuel M. Theagene continued his training by completing a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency through Kings County Hospital Center, the Brooklyn VA Medical Center, and the State University of New York Health Science Center.

Over the course of his career, Samuel Theagene, MD, has served as a medical director for several independent rehabilitation centers, including the International Neurosurgical Clinic of San Antonio and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities-certified Trisun Rehabilitation. In 1995, he founded the Pain and Neuromuscular Clinic of Texas in San Antonio. Over his 14 years as medical director there, he established a second facility in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and obtained accreditation from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration permitting the clinic to administer substance abuse treatment for the pain medication buprenorphine.

Since cofounding Empire State Pain & Neuro, PC, in 2010, Samuel Theagene, MD, has overseen and provided pain management treatment at the clinic’s two locations on Long Island, New York. To treat patients suffering chronic, acute, sub-acute pain, and spinal conditions, he utilizes cutting-edge techniques like electromyography and fluoroscopy.

Nerve Blocks - How They Work

Dr. Samuel M. Theagene leads as medical director of Central Park Physical Medicine, P.C., in Queens, New York. Practicing in the areas of pain management and rehabilitation medicine for two decades, Dr. Samuel Theagene provides nerve blocks to patients with certain pain-related conditions.

When pain develops along a particular nerve pathway, physicians may be able to temporarily disable this pathway through a procedure known as a nerve block. Medical teams often use this procedure as a diagnostic tool, as delivery of a block to a particular nerve can help to determine whether that nerve is causing the patient's pain. If the patient responds to the block, that pathway may be the target of future treatment.

Nerve blocks may also serve as therapeutic interventions for acute pain, or as a preemptive analgesic to prevent phantom limb pain and other post-procedural discomfort. In all cases, the procedure works by disabling the pain receptors that cause discomfort. This effect typically lasts for one to two weeks, though the healing that takes place during this time may ultimately lead to a more permanent easing of discomfort.

Effectiveness of Physical Therapy in Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

A respected New York pain-management practitioner, Samuel M. Theagene, MD, guides Central Park Physical Medicine, PC. Dr. Samuel Theagene has extensive experience in managing conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, and emphasizes the latest techniques and rehabilitative practices.

Associated with symptoms such as hand and wrist numbness, pain, and weakness, carpal tunnel syndrome accounts for almost half of all injuries related to the workplace. Surgery is the most common treatment pathway for severe forms of the repetitive-motion-caused condition. Unfortunately, as many as one-third of patients are not able to return to work within the standard eight-week recovery period.

A recent study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy emphasized that therapy is a vital aspect of treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. Encompassing 100 women with the condition, the study involved 50 patients who received surgical care and 50 who received once-a-week manual therapy techniques centered on the median nerve and neck.

The result after a month was that physical therapy group patients had superior grip strength and hand function. At the one-year follow-up stage, those who had undergone surgery had similar results as those who went through physical therapy. This suggests that the benefits of therapy may be greater than previously thought, and more extensive studies are recommended.