Vacation, omicron and more….

It’s been a while since I added to the blog section of the site but as I have some time off at the end of 2021, I thought I’d update everyone. It’s been a long year and a half since I last blogged and I’m happy to say that I don’t know of any cases of Covid that were acquired here at the office so our protocols are working. I’d like to personally thank all of my patients that took the time to call when they weren’t feeling well rather than come in and possibly spread the virus to others.

N95 masks are now recommended for prolonged exposures to the public so please consider that when you go out and about. Omicron is much more contagious as anyone on the East End can tell you. It has been burning through the area for the last 2 weeks.

I’m going to continue to ask everyone to text from your car when you arrive. With the colder winter temps, it’s best to sit tight in your vehicle until I can get you in the office easily while minimizing contact with other patients. If you don’t text, please just knock on the door and I’ll let you know if it is clear to enter. Thanks for your continued patience during the pandemic. It is greatly appreciated. As always, I will keep a prompt schedule. Barring extreme circumstances, if you’re on time, I’ll be on time.

I’m currently on a bit of a break and will be back in the office on January 3rd. Have a great new year! Stay safe and stay healthy! Here’s to a better 2022!

COVID-19 Update: Fully Open

As of 4:27pm Thursday, June 11th, Governor Cuomo has lifted the “emergency care only” restriction on chiropractic in N.Y. state. After the 3 most financially and emotionally challenging months of my career, business will resume as close to normal as possible.

A few changes you will find when you come to appointments: 1) No chairs in the waiting room. To minimize the chances of patient/patient interactions, patients will wait in their cars or outside the office to be called in when the office is clear and has been sanitized. 2) Only one family member will be allowed to enter with you and they will have to remain in the treatment room during the treatment. 3) Hand sanitizer and ear-loop masks are available if needed. Please use hand sanitizer after checking in on the iPad with your pin (typically the last 4 digits of your cell phone number). 4) Masks MUST BE WORN at all times. This is for both yours and my safety and to minimize the chances of any airborne spread while inside the office. 5) Credit card numbers can be stored with encryption to minimize handling of cash and credit cards for payments and co-payments.

Please be respectful of others and adhere to the safety practices as recommended by the State of New York and the CDC. While I normally enjoy a little extra chatting after appointments, please be aware that someone is likely waiting outside to be called in for their appointment. As always, I will strive to stick to a strict appointment schedule with little or no wait times upon arrival. An occasional minute or two wait may be necessary from time to time so that the office can be cleaned and made safe for your visit. I apologize in advance for any inconvenience but safety for all must remain my first priority.

And finally, please keep in mind that if you are late for your appointment, it will impact the visits of the next several scheduled patients so please plan for the typical traffic and parking issues of summer in the Hamptons. I will always try to accommodate patients arriving a bit late but in light of the new guidelines for operating, I will not be able to guarantee treatment if you are more than a few minutes late if the schedule is fully booked.

Thanks for your patience in these difficult times. We are all trying to adapt the best we can. Stay safe everyone.

Dr. P

Covid-19 Response

So I wanted to give an update on the status of East End Sports Chiropractic during the pandemic. We are deemed “essential” and open for business. Currently, emergency/acute patient visits are permitted as well as those patients at risk of deteriorating without continued care.

I would encourage patients not fitting the above categories to consider waiting to schedule until the virus’ spread is more under control. Office hours are unchanged, but total available appointment slots have been reduced by half to minimize potential for patient/patient interactions and to allow adequate time for office sanitizing after each visit.

Some brief guidelines for your visit: please wait for the previous patient to vacate the office before entering. Minimize the number of surfaces you contact while in the office. Please bring and wear a mask. If you don’t have one, a mask will be provided for you. Gloves are also available if it makes you more comfortable. If you are sick or feeling unwell, please stay home.

There is plenty of hand sanitizer in the office. Every effort is being made to keep you safe. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call, email, or text me. Be well, be smart, and stay safe everyone.

Introductory Blog Post

For my first blog, I figured I’d keep it simple. People are constantly looking for that one thing that they can do to feel better and be healthier. It’s a deep question and has many potential answers depending on each patient’s issues. As a general rule, a great answer is “move more and in different ways.” The less you move in your day to day life, the less you’ll be able to move in the future. Try to move all the parts of your body in different directions and at different speeds. That may come from starting up with a new sport or hobby, or simply chasing the grand-kids around the yard. There are very few health issues that can’t be helped by movement and exercise. When it comes to the fitness and mobility that we are born with, it’s either use it or lose it. This is the way. I have spoken.