Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Adam Banks is the CEO of NY Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy. He is the driving force behind the development and growth of one of New York’s premier providers of physical therapy services. Adam bases his business practices on treating all patients with kindness and respect and catering specifically to their needs, and it is this patient-focused philosophy that has resulted in the success of NY SportsMed..
Together with long-time friends, Dr. Michael Neely and Luke Bongiorno, Adam conceptualized a one-stop shop for orthopedic medicine. The motivated and dynamic group created a place of healing and fitness that caters to patients with varying orthopedic needs. Adam tapped into his business acumen and dedication to excellence to create a thriving patient-focused environment. He developed the mission of NY SportsMed with a solid purpose - creating an exceptional patient experience.
As NY SportsMed has grown, Adam has maintained his commitment to the practice’s continued success as the Chief of Operations. He continually strives to direct the company towards achieving its patient-centered mission and improving the patient experience. He ensures that day-to-day operations run smoothly and that patient care excellence is maintained. He believes in delivering the best medicine in the best facilities, and works hard to achieve this successful combination of high quality care. His focus on the business aspects of the practice allow the medical and orthopedic staff to focus on healing patients.
Adam is also committed to the advancement of the field of physical therapy as a whole, through an emphasis on education. To that end, he developed the PT Project. The PT Project is dedicated to elevating the educational standards of the profession, advancing research, promoting excellence in practice, educating the public, and embracing the highest ethics and standards among PT professionals.
In addition to Adam’s professional pursuits, he also enjoys competing in marathons and is a volunteer with The Trevor Project. At the Trevor Project, Adam created and chairs a very successful Young Professionals Council.
Adam Finishes the 2013 ING New York City Marathon
NY Sports Med’s CEO Knows First-Hand What It’s Like To Be a Patient
On May 17, 2009, I was in a bicycle accident during a 100 Mile bike ride. I was travelling at 23 miles per hour at the time and the fall was incredibly painful. I was taken by ambulance to a local ER – the MRI showed that I had broken my pelvis in two places. The ensuing road to recovery was difficult - both physically and mentally.
The day after my trip to the ER, I was seen by Dr. Neely, who then referred me to a surgeon to get a second opinion. After conferring with the doctors, I was told I would not need surgery as long as I didn’t bear any weight on my leg for 4 to 6 weeks.
Several doctors warned me about Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), which is the formation of a blood clot, usually in the lower leg, and explained what the symptoms were and what I should do if I suspected that I had a clot. DVT is a common side effect with trauma like mine.
Unfortunately, a few days later, I developed calf pain, but due to the strong pain medications I was taking, I wasn’t in a clear enough state of mind to act appropriately. Instead of remembering what I was told by the doctors, I got a deep tissue massage on my calf to try to relieve the pain.
Vicodin and Oxycontin took away any voice of reason and were actually causing me to be forgetful, even defiant, as well as unmotivated and depressed. I now like to tell physical therapists and doctors this story so they can keep in mind how drugs, especially pain medications, as well as traumatic events like a bike or auto accident, can alter a patient’s state of mind.
The pain in my calf was a dull ache and I kept dismissing it as a sore, but Dr. Neely insisted that I make another trip to the ER. I would never have gone there on my own, but am grateful I did because I had a DVT that required immediate treatment. I saw many doctors following that second trip to the ER and began taking blood thinners.
Luke Bongiorno, a therapist here at NYSM, explained to me that physical therapy could and should be started right away in circumstances like mine, so I soon began therapy at our facility. I started with massage and lots of stretching. The break was sore for nearly a year, but physical therapy allowed me to build strength and flexibility. It also helped me regain the confidence I needed to heal and then to get back on my bike.
In the winter, I started working with one of our trainers, Ryan Orser, to gain back the strength I had lost, to try to lose some weight and to face my new-found fear of exercise. The extra pounds began to fall off and I finally began to feel like myself again.
Once spring hit, I was back on my bike. I also decided to train for the New York City Marathon along with the American Cancer Society’s team, DetermiNation. On August 15, 2010, I ran the Bronx half marathon and never felt better. Despite my traumatic and life-changing experience, I was able to finish the 13.1 miles in 1 hour and 36 minutes, much faster than I ever imagined. With the marathon under three months away, I feel stronger than ever and owe all my thanks to my beloved and talented team at New York Sports Med.
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