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Dr. David Chu, MD, CAc

Spine Specialist, Pain Management Specialist, Physiatrist, Acupuncturist

Professional statement

Dr. David Chu is a Board Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician who treats patients with non-surgical Orthopedic and Neurologic conditions. Dr. Chu's integrative and multidisciplinary approach begins with establishing the correct diagnosis thru a thorough initial history & physical examination. If necessary, appropriate diagnostic testing such as digital x-rays and electrodiagnostic neuromuscular testing can be completed in the office on the same visit. Holistic and individualized treatment is developed under the collective guidance of Dr. Chu and his team of Board Certified Spine Specialists, Physical Therapists, and Chiropractors. Comprehensive and time-efficient plans will be directed with both short and long term goals in mind. Initial acute symptoms such as inflammation, pain, and muscle spasm can be alleviated quickly with therapeutic ultrasound treatments, manual therapy and stretching, acupuncture, and other minimally invasive procedures. Long term strategies, such as strength training, spinal alignment, and ergonomics are also emphasized throughout to correct and prevent recurrent injuries. 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. 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. He is also certified to provide acupuncture as an alternative pain treatment.

In-network insurances

  • APWU
  • Aetna
  • American Republic Insurance Company

Specialties

  • Pain Management Specialist
  • Spine Specialist
  • Physiatrist
  • Acupuncturist

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • Holy Name Hospital

Board certifications

  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Education and training

  • Medical School - Thomas Jefferson University, Doctor of Medicine
  • Frankford Torresdale Hospital (Internship)
  • State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Pennsylvania State University (Bachelor’s)
  • The Spine & Rehab Group, Fellowship in Pain Management and Interventional Spine

Professional memberships

  • New York Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Awards and publications

  • Intern Award of Excellence: Frankford Torresdale Hospital: Philadelphia, PA

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1568617223

Office locations

New York Pain Care

127 E 56th St., 4th Floor

New York, NY 10022

New York Pain Care

56 W. 45th Street, 11th Floor

New York, NY 10036

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Crying while typing. I have never had so much pain, except for when in labor. The first time I met Dr. Chu,he ended our conversation with 6 magical words. He said "Don't worry, I've got you now".Just hearing these words fromthis man made me cry. I saw Dr. Chu again today and told him how grateful I was for his help and how much his words at our last visit affected me. This man had been upfront straight to the point, kind, understanding and he listens to me. He told me what my issues are, what we have to do, and what I have to do on my own. The support staff is so friendly, patient, and really hands on. The office is bright, and each portion is so smartly organized and open. I have serious trust issues with people in general, I have told this to Dr. Chu, I have also told him why and he understood. One must trust the medical professional in order to receive proper care. I trust Dr. Chu. I trust him completely because he made me feel like my comfort mattered to him. He has set the bar for what should be- how it should be all the time. Thank you Dr. Chu.
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Listened carefully and gave good advice with detailed explanations
Less than 3 months ago
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I saw Dr Chu yesterday for a shoulder problem I’ve been having. He was very knowledgeable and took time to explain everything clearly. We set out a plan of exercises to help alleviate the pain. The staff was very friendly andmade my visit a pleasant experience. I will be seeing him again. Would recommend to friends and family
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Dr. Chu was timely and thorough, and I didn’t get the sense that he was just rushing through the interview/exam to move on the the next patient like I’ve experienced with other doctors. He did a great job explaining his reasoning and recommendations. Would definitely come back here again.
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I am so happy that I found dr. Chu. He is the first doctor to take my symptoms seriously, he is extremely knowledgeable, and I was able to get a correct diagnosis and even treatment and relief during my first appointment.Office staff professional and friendly. Office new and very clean.
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The practice was very shady about insurance coverage I do not trust them.
Less than 6 months ago
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My second time visiting Dr. Chu. This was for a different issue. Once again he was very informative and helpful.
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I LOVED Dr. Chu, he was very knowledgeable and really sensitive to my physical and emotional pain caused by my injury. He quickly picked up on the fact that I was scared and alone in all this and really walked methrough every single step and even set up appointments for me and explained how my insurance could work with all this. Such a professional and classy man. I would highly recommend him and his staff. I felt really comfortable and I felt like somebody really cared and you don’t always get that when you visit a doctor. Not to mention, I had seen a Dr. before and Dr. Chu was the one who actually identified the problem. So happy he's my doctor.
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Very attentive, patient, took time to answer many questions. Helpful with prognosis and thoughtful. Excellent visit.
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Great experience! No wait time and really convenient from my office in midtown. Dr Chu was very informative and has great bed side manner.
Less than 1 year ago
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Very knowledgeable and professional. Took time to listen to all my concerns and made sure I understood our plan. Office was nice and clean and staff was very friendly. I will be back for follow up visits
Less than 1 year ago
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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.
Less than 1 year ago
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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
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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 alsoseemed 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!
Less than 1 year ago
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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. Thephysical therapy I had done with the group that works in his office help me greatly. I highly recommend him.
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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.
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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 abusy 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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More than 1 year ago
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Patient, kind & to the point. He knows his stuff & has a great bedside manner
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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.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Chu was very professional and easy going.
More than 1 year ago
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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.
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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 theroom. 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!
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The doctor is very knowledgeable and professional . He explains thoroughly and very considerate.
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Fantastic care. Dr. Chu was knowledgeable and helped me more than I thought possible before treatment. Thank you!
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So happy I met Dr. Chu today!!! He was ready to sssess me and had a treatment plan ready to roll out.
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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!
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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.
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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 ableto walk just fine! Dr. Chu also explained everything thoroughly, and he didn't rush at all. On a side note, he is adorable.
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Dr. Chu was informative and helpful.
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Honest, compassionate, and thorough.
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Dr. Chu is one of the most proactive and genuine doctors I've ever met. Recommend him highly!
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He was great!! Very attentive and took care of my hip perfectly. Will go back again!
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Great experience with Dr. Chi, got my first acupuncture and feel better
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Chu is great. He seems very genuine and cares about patient's wellbeing.
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Very professional and a clear explanation of the condition.
More than 1 year ago
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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 tonext. 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!
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Always professional and generally cares about the well being of his patients.
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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 informationI needed and referred me for further care. I highly recommend him.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Chu and his team were wonderful to work with! I would recommend to anyone with pain!
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I saw Dr. Mehta - very knowledgeable and thorough, plus very kind!
More than 1 year ago
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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 fordecade of years. He is awesome! I will definitely recommend him to every around me who has spine problem.
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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.
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Dr. Chu is amazing. Very professional testing puts your mind at ease!!!!
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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.
More than 1 year ago
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Would recommend. Great staff. Everything is extremely clean.
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Very Good! Professional informative.
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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.
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Very friendly office
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