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Dr. David Chu is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is certified to provide acupuncture as an alternative pain treatment. He is also certified to perform electrodiagnostic testing. Dr. Chu completed a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, where he also served as Chief Resident. Dr. Chu received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Chu performs peripheral joint injections under ultrasound guidance for various conditions such as osteoarthritis, chronic tendonitis, and bursitis affecting the shoulder, hip, and knee. Acute and Chronic Neck Pain, Back Pain, herniated discs, and pinched nerves are also common conditions that are treated. Treatment under the care of Dr. Chu will involve a focused effort to combine multiple therapies such as physical therapy, therapeutic procedures, and acupuncture to provide maximum effectiveness and success. Dr. Chu specifically limits his acupuncture practice to treat only musculoskeletal conditions. Our facility is a multi-disciplinary practice incorporating Board Certified Physicians in Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurology, Anesthesiology, Physical Therapy, and Acupuncture to provide our patients with effective and individualized treatment as quickly as possible.
Verified Patient Reviews
I have never been seen by a physician with worse bedside manner, and it seems to be the norm in his entire office. I suggest any patient looking for help see someone else.
Dr Chu was very patient, listened to everything I had to say, did not feel rushed. He was very thorough and made sure I understood everything. Wish I could say the same about some of my previous doctors. Would recommend
Dr. Chu and his staff were very attentive and friendly... It was my third time seeing him and I was impressed with how much he recalled of my situation and needs. He was very thorough, detailed and extremely professional. But also seemed to genuinely care about my pain and recovery. He gave me his undivided attention, listening to the details of my issues, and had a great balance of being professional yet personable in his diagnosis and recommendations. I'm a HUGE fan!
Dr Chu and staff are amazing, always professional and gets you in and out which is important when you have to run back to the office. If you are in midtown, definitely an office I would recommend.
I finally saw Dr Chu after a coworker's recommendation. On arrival, I was greeting by friendly staff and took my seat after paperwork. The waiting area was very clean and I was taken to a room shortly after. I had a busy day so I was glad to see Dr Chu come in so quickly. He was very professional and knowledgeable, he's clearly had a lot of experience. I will be back to see him again and would recommend him to my friends
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Patient, kind & to the point. He knows his stuff & has a great bedside manner
Dr. Chu was very professional and easy going.
Got the impression I was an inconvenience for the good doctor. Clearly couldn't wait to get on to the next patient. Won't be going back to David.
Consultation regarding problems I have with my lower back and right leg. He was very thorough, patient, and communicative. He seems very smart. I liked that he was not aggressive in his recommendations, and he seemed holistic in his approach, which I loved. Highly recommended.
The doctor is very knowledgeable and professional . He explains thoroughly and very considerate.
Fantastic care. Dr. Chu was knowledgeable and helped me more than I thought possible before treatment. Thank you!
So happy I met Dr. Chu today!!! He was ready to sssess me and had a treatment plan ready to roll out.
I went to Dr. Chu several times and he even treated me for a knee problem (which I still have), but he never knew who I was. You think he could at least review my chart before he came into the room. Everytime I went there he'd ask me the same questions to try to figure out who I was and what I was there for. What a joke!
Really nice doctor. Wait time first visit was long but otherwise fairly short. He guided me very well per my condition and answered every ques i asked with patience and clarity. Recommended!
Dr. Chu takes his time to listen to your concerns. You never feel rushed or pushed out the door. He's knowledgeable and conservative with his approach to pain management. The wait time is almost zero. The front person, Jeanette, is a sweetheart.
Overall, an excellent experience. I was in a great deal of pain and could barely walk when I got to his office yesterday, and I am just amazed that I woke up with practically no pain this morning and am able to walk just fine! Dr. Chu also explained everything thoroughly, and he didn't rush at all. On a side note, he is adorable.
Dr. Chu was informative and helpful.
Honest, compassionate, and thorough.
Dr. Chu is one of the most proactive and genuine doctors I've ever met. Recommend him highly!
Dr. Chu is a truly great physician. He is backed up by a team of physical therapists and other professionals. I had an MRI done and he went over it with me in detail so that I really understood it. The physical therapy I had done with the group that works in his office help me greatly. I highly recommend him.
He was great!! Very attentive and took care of my hip perfectly. Will go back again!
Great experience with Dr. Chi, got my first acupuncture and feel better
Dr. Chu is great. He seems very genuine and cares about patient's wellbeing.
Very professional and a clear explanation of the condition.
I've been looking for a 2nd opinion to help with my current lower back/sciatic pain which has been plaguing me for months. After my last, very disappointing, experience with an orthopedist, I was at a loss of where to go to next. I spent a lot of time looking and reviewing and found Dr. Chu, who received very high marks. And I'm here to add my own. He was very profressional and thorough, asking me questions and taking the time to review the materials I brought to him. He even looked up a past MRI I'd had but didn't have the record for, so he could compare my tests. After reviewing these things, asking me questions and giving me an exam, he plotted out a course of action to help tackle my pain and get me back on track. I'm very hopeful and trust that he will do everything he can to find the root of my issue and address it. Highly recommend!
Always professional and generally cares about the well being of his patients.
I scheduled an emergency appointment with Dr. Chu and he provided pain relief the same day. He is thorough, diligent, and straightforward. The office is clean, efficient and conveniently located. Overall, he provided me with all the information I needed and referred me for further care. I highly recommend him.
Dr. Chu and his team were wonderful to work with! I would recommend to anyone with pain!
I saw Dr. Mehta - very knowledgeable and thorough, plus very kind!
Excellent experience. Dr. Chu explained very clearly the issue I was having and laid out a plan for the next few weeks to address it.
Dr. Chu is amazing. Very professional testing puts your mind at ease!!!!
Would recommend. Great staff. Everything is extremely clean.
Dr. Chu is exceptional both in bedside manners, and in diagnosis and treatment planning. I have been back to him for recurring injury and every time he has quickly and efficently helped me to relieve my pain and discomfort.
Very Good! Professional informative.
A really great doctor is hard to find especially when you're picking one from here. I have to say, Dr Chu is a grewt doctor. He is patient, honest, and practical. I strongly reccomend him for anyone with pain.
Dr. Chu is a very professional and experienced doctor. He cares for the patient and thinks on the patient's side. His diagnose was no precise and he provides the right treatment for me on the neck pain which troubled me for decade of years. He is awesome! I will definitely recommend him to every around me who has spine problem.
Very friendly office
Friendly, approachable, honest, good bedside manor. Highly recommend! Will discourage expensive protocol tthat will have minimal results. Integrity.
Dr. Chu was very thorough and I didn't feel like I was being rushed at all, like I have at other offices. After diagnosing me, he gave me specifics on what I should be doing at home and answered all my questions. I set up a follow up, but he told me to cancel it if I was feeling 100% better by then, whereas most doctors would probably encourage a patient to come back in anyway for more money. Highly recommended!
Dr. Chu and staff are AMAZING!!! so Efficent,accommodating and PLESEANT. Dr Chu is knowledgeable and trustworthy. His office is also very clean and professional, the adjoining PT facility is TOP notch. I highly recommend him!
Dr. Chu and his staff were amazing and I would highly recommend them. I was having extreme lower back pain for 5 days and was so happy when I saw I was able to schedule an appointment with him. He was thorough, knowledgable and understanding. He had a wonderful bedside manner and most importantly relieved the pain that I was having and helped me not just mask the pain but work to find the root cause.
Dr. Chu spent a lot of time with me to answer my questions and provide information. He was very helpful and transparent in figuring out what was/wasn't covered by my insurance.
Dr. Chu and his staff are great!! Highly recommend!
It's been a while since I've gone to a doctor and been treated with as much respect, honesty, and care as I did at Dr. Chu's office. The whole team was fantastic. They called me ahead of time, accommodated an earlier time, checked me in right away, and made all the necessary insurance Calls for me. They explained everything to me and were very very kind and professional. I highly recommend Dr Chu and his office
Dr. Chu has excellent bedside manner. He was exceptionally informative. I felt like he really listened and gave wonderful suggestions.
Everyone at the office is simply amazing. Very welcoming in and friendly. The wait time is minimal and the therapy sessions go by quick. They keep you engaged and always make conversation with you. The office is very clean. highly recommend
I saw Dr. Chu for acupuncture. Great experience. Offices are very nice and clean, reception was friendly as well.
Dr. Chu was thorough and explained everything clearly. One of the better experiences I've had with a Dr in a long time.
He is awesome, very respectful, down to earth - takes his job serious and does his best!
Dr. Chu was great and very professional. I had a knee problem and I coach soccer, so my livelihood depends on having a knee. Needless to say, I was freaking out prior to going in for my appointment. Dr. Chu was flexible and stayed later at the office to see me because I could only go at odd hours. Once I was there, he did a good job of running through all the possible issues with my knee, as well as the different treatment options available to me. I left the office feeling much more relaxed and confident in my recovery. After following Dr. Chu's advice, I am now back to coaching!
Dr Chu is an amazing doctor! Extremely proactive and really listens, a rarity in a time when most others seem rushed or simply going through the motions. I recommend him highly!
Absolutely loved my experience. Dr Chu was incredibly patient and knowledgeable on my issue. I went in for knee pain and it only took him a short period of time to determine what the problem was, and explained it very thoroughly, along with all of my options, which I appreciate. He let me make the choice on how I wanted to proceed to treat my condition, based on his suggested options. I'm going back for physical therapy and so happy I found this office!
I cannot recommend Dr Chu highly enough! He truly cares about you and spends time to thoroughly diagnose your ailment. The staff at his practice were extremely helpful and friendly.
The first two times I saw Dr Chu I was optimistic about his ability and the prognosis he gave me for recurring hip pain that he said was from overuse at the gym. He gave me two steroid shots over two weeks and said I should be back to normal shortly there after. I wasn't. I had to push him to do more because the pain was never going away completely. I had to fight him on it. Finally he sent me for an MRI which he told me looked ok. Again I had to fight and argue with him to make him understand the pain is persisting and his prognosis is not working out. He kept telling me in another week it would be better but it never got any better. Finally I got him to admit that his prognosis was wrong. Then he kept telling me what to do differently next time to avoid an injury like this but he wasn't addressing how to get this one to finally heal. I had to keep telling him "stop talking about the future and focus on fixing this one because you're not telling me anything about how to get this one to heal!" Then he just said "well you'll need to see a hip surgeon then." He just seemed oblivious to the concept that he needs to heal the current ailment not spend all the time talking about how to exercise in the future to avoid injury. That doesn't help me get this pain to go away. He just looked at me like I was annoying him. Yet there I sat in pain everyday trying to get an answer how to heal it. I also mentioned my insurance doesn't cover specialist visits and he kept trying to tell me what's what but I know my insurance doesn't. I asked because me made me schedule an office visit just to tell me the mri was ok. I had to take time off work for him to tell me he had nothing to tell me! And I will be paying for it too. He claimed this was not true and he would have someone in the office explain the billing to me and he walked out of the office. Then nothing. I went to the front desk and that person he mentioned was out for lunch. To date a week later I still haven't received a phone call, email, nothing. Last thing, Dr Chu told me I need orthotics inserts and this may help some of my issues. Then he never did anything. He said they will check the cost. They didn't. I sit here now with no orthotics. It's like he completely forgot he talked and Reccomended to me that we get them made.
I had previously seen another Dr regarding pain in my wrist. I had a 5 minute appointment where I was given one test and handed a splint and sent on my way. This was not the case with Dr. Chu. Dr. Chu did a few minor tests and took his time explaining everything to me. When I decided on which treatment to take, Dr. Chu thoroughly went over every little detail from risks, side effects, and benefits. He was so patient and answered every single question I had. I never felt rushed which happens so often with other doctors. Very considerate and knowledgeable.
Would not return to the clinic. Highly commercial, and was not thorough.
The office is extremely helpful and Dr. Chu has been very down to earth in diagnosis and prognosis. It's strange to almost look forward to going to the doctor because they are so kind. I have already recommended Dr. Chu to a friend and she was also very happy with her experience.
Very kind, patient, and accommodating. Took the time to answer all my questions and explain my condition. Went for acupuncture and so far feeling better after one session. The receptionist was nice and knowledgable too.
Dr. Chu is the best. Very thoughtful, caring, knowledgeable and professional. 5 stars not enough. Highly recommended to all.
Listens, explains everything, answers questions & I asked many. Took a tremendous amount of time reviewing my complex history. Only doctor to explain my MRI in detail. Seems very caring. Stayed late to start treatment on my 1st visit. I was very impressed & I have very high standards.
Dr. Chu was very professional and thorough during the office visit. Great bedside manner.
He (and his entire staff) were very thoughtful, thorough and made you feel genuinely cared for. One of the best dr office experiences I've had in the decade that Ive lived in NY.
Dr. Chu was great.
Doctor gave value added advice. Felt much better after 1 session. He's amazing , will take my husband to see him!
great doctor. would definitely visit him again. not too long of a wait time, booked the appt the day of! front desk lady was very nice and efficient. the doctor listen, asked questions, and spent time explaining everything to me so that i understood. he was very good.
He is very good. Go and see him!
Dr. Chu was wonderful, he explained things in a way I could understand and I felt very comfortable asking questions. He was focused on helping me understand my options so I could chose the most effective treatment plan.
this guy is just good at what he does...patient and knowledgable ...i cant believe his office isnt swamped to be honest...he knows a lot about a lot
Dr. Chu was professional yet approachable. He listened well and took his time reviewing things I brought from other doctors. I was very pleased with my visit and would recommend him. The front of office staff was also very friendly and efficient.
Terrific doctor. Smart, caring, and very thorough. Attentive and focused, he's unusually smart. Highly recommend.
Reception was very efficient - on first visit called me, checked with my insurance that I am covered, then reported to me. Paperwork is too standardized, but not too long. Personal attention from Dr. Chu, had all the time to answer every question, very professional but also very pleasant.
After a short wait, Dr Chu was great and right to the point
Dr. Chu was very personable, and spent the time needed with me. My X-Ray was done in the office right then and there, and the results reviewed with me straight away. Dr. Chu answered all my questions and gave a recommendation of next steps. Great office staff - very friendly and willing to help. I will be back!
So I have Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and they say the facility is in network: well, it's not and I just got a massive bill for a 20 minutes consultation. I'm extremely disappointed!!!!!!!
Dr. Chu goes the extra mile to ensure my acupuncture sessions are fully therapeutic- from pain free needles to the quietest room and ambient music for relaxation. This is why I keep returning.
I was looking for the best physiatrist to receive appropriate physical therapy after a shoulder fracture. I just had my first visit with Dr. Chu and found him extremely professional, knowledgeable, patient and caring. I was not rushed at all and Dr. Chu explained very clearly what my injury was and its consequences. The office is well ran and it was a very pleasant visit.
Dr. Chu was extremely pleasant, helpful, and knowledgeable. He took the time to listen to my issue and asked if I had any questions. He thoroughly explained everything.
Excellent physician, very thorough
Dr. Chu was wonderful. He was very caring and patient, clearly explained the results of his examination and review of my MRI results. His optimistic expectation of proposed physical therapy was contagious. A very positive experience!
Dr. Chu was thorough and attentive. He had an excellent bedside manner as well as a sense of humor. Acupuncture session was painless and even featured relaxing background music. His receptionist, Daisy, was vivacious and efficient. I will definitely be returning.
Amazing knowledge and explains what is going on and why. Also have options on how to fix issue. Friendly and professional.
I would highly recommend Dr Chu and NY Spine and Rehab Medicine. Dr Chu has great bedside manner and is very thorough and informative with his evaluations. He is also very patient and explains in language I understand. Amy and the staff (Daisey and Rachel) are also great. Very polite and always accommodating when I have to cancel last minute and/or if I'm running late to our appointments. Lastly the facility is top notch, very clean and spacious.
Very professional and thorough with a gentle and concerned bedside manner.
Have seen many Doctors for lower back pain and shoulder issues. None has been as thorough and accommodating as Dr. Chu. Had an appointment at his midtown office which also offers accupuncture, physical therapy, massage therapy, and x-rays all in one office. Which makes it convenient. The office is clean and his staff is very attentive and professional. I would definitely recommend Dr. Chu and his clinic to anyone that is experiencing pain. He has a keen ability to listen to your concerns and come up with a treatment plan that will working for you. I never feel rushed. They also are very concerned about a patient's need for privacy.
Good bedside manner. I was seen quickly. Did not feel rushed. Pleasant receptionist greeted me and after filling out routine paperwork ushered me into Dr. Chu. Would definitely recommend.
Dr. Chu is awesome, but I don't like his staff. They are very unorganized and rather incompetent in filling out paperwork. My name was misspelled several times and a lot of other information was incorrect and I didn't even get an apology!! I give Dr. David Chu an A but his staff a big fat F. I'm only going to continue going bc of Dr. Chu the Acupuncture and bc the facility isn't too far. Other than that I would've never come back.
Dr. Chi is just the doctor I've been searching for. I've been experiencing back pain and muscle tension due to a recent injury. My wait time was less than 5 minutes. The receptionist was courteous and polite. Dr. Chu was patient with me and took his time to evaluate me. He listened carefully to my concerns and was able to zone in on where the pain was coming from and explain it to me in words I can understand. He put me at ease. I've been to several orthopedic doctors and chiropractors, and Dr. Chu is by the best. He treated me the same day and I left his office feeling like a heavy weight was lifted off my shoulders. I will be back to see him again. I highly recommend Dr. Chu to anyone looking for courtesy, professionalism, empathy, an experienced physician with great bedside manner and can see eye to eye with you.
My visit with David Chu, MD, CAc was great ! DR. Chu was really nice and informative -I would highly recommend him to anyone.
I highly recommend Dr. Chu He was willing to devote time and answer all my questions To date based on my experience that is unique for the medical profession The facility itself is first rate They accept insurance I was more than satisfied
First time seeing him. NOT what I expected (I expected more of a granola type). Very professional and intelligent. Explained what was going on and what could work to fix it and not work to fix it. Answered all my questions. Super nice guy. We'll see how PT works out but all in all great doctor.
good doctor but office need managers to fix front desk manners and manage time each patient waits to be seen. they had me wait 45 minutes to tell me they dont accept cigna when i gave them my number over the phone!!!!!!!!!!!
Dr. Chu is excellent, professional and easy to understand, very thorough, took the time to answer all my questions and concerns,great bedside manner, Highly recommend.
Dr Chu was fantastic. He was incredibly patient and I didn't feel rushed at all. He explained and answered all my questions thoroughly and provided an immediate plan for treating my condition. I highly recommend Dr Chu.
It's still early in my exprience with Dr. Chu to make a definitive judgment. But I am impressed by our first contact. He is skillful, attentive and thorough.
I highly recommend Dr. Chu and his staff! After filling out some paperwork, I was seen immediately. After Dr. Chu examined my back, he clearly explained and helped me understand what was causing my chronic neck and low back pains. After he explained all the different treatment options I had, I received some trigger injections under ultrasound guidance, which was really cool watching the screen while it was being done. I also had an acupuncture session by Dr. Chu on another visit, which was my first time. It's really great to have different treatment options to treat all my chronic pains!
Dr. Chu is the epitome of an all-around fantastic doctor. From his professionalism to his bed-side manner, to how clearly and concisely he explains things. He is by far, one of the best doctors I've ever met. I will undoubtedly continue to schedule appointments with Dr. Chu, and recommend him highly to friends.
Positive. Dr. Chu was efficient, genuine and had a calm energy. He was not overly anything, which I liked, and definitely made me feel better about my situation. This facility is quite nice as well.
Good doctor, efficient, to the point, good explanation of ailments etc.
Great service. I've been to several different types of doctors to find a solution with no resolution. Dr Chu made his evaluation and with confidence recommended the solution. Gave a treatment right away without embellishing the need for future visits or over medication.