Dr. Richard Chang, MD

Dr. Richard Chang, MD

Interventional Spine Medicine  ·  
Dr. Richard Chang, MD is an interventional spine medicine specialist in New York, NY and has been practicing for 3 years. He graduated from SUNY Dwnstate M C Coll Med in 2010 and specializes in interventional spine medicine, sports medicine, and more.Read his story

10 Union Sq E # 5P

New York, NY 10003

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Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
more than 71% of peers
more than 50% of peers
Autoimmune Diseases
more than 49% of peers

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Dr. Chang's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Chang "Dr. Chang is a Fellowship trained, Board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) doctor, who specializes in nonsurgical Sports and Interventional Spine Medicine. A Brooklyn native, Dr. Chang is an alumnus of Brooklyn College's BA/MD and Macaulay Honors College programs, majoring in Sociology with honors and a Phi Beta Kappa member. His physiatry residency was completed at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, where he had the honor of serving as Chief Resident in his last year. Prior to this, he completed his preliminary internal medicine year at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Chang went on to complete his fellowship training in Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine at the Hospital for Special Surgery. During his fellowship year, he served as team physician to St. John's and St. Peter's Universities, specialzing in basketball, soccer, lacrosse, and fencing injureis. Before returning to Mount Sinai, from 2015 to September 2017, he served as faculty of the Sports Division of the department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine. He was also an Assistant Professor and helped establish and co-found the department's first accredited non-surgical Sports fellowship program in the Physiatry division at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, serving as its Associate Fellowship director, and was team physician of several of Brooklyn's PSAL (Public School Athletic League) high schools and NCAA Division III college, SUNY Maritime. He continues to provide coverage as tent medical captain of the NYC Marathon and inter-borough half-marathons and as ringside physician to USA Boxing Metro, World Kickboxing Association, and the Daily News Golden Gloves boxing tournament. Dr. Chang's goal is to restore patients' maximum function, to decrease pain, and improve their quality of life through a detailed, comprehensive physical exam and diagnosis, combined with targeted exercise and injury prevention counseling, physical therapy, or rehabilitation, with adjunct non-surgical treatments. In his leisure time, Dr. Chang enjoys drawing, meditation, practicing kung-fu, archery, and is an avid movie watcher. Subspecialty: Dr. Chang specializes in non-operative athletic and sports injuries, arthritis and tendonitis conditions, interventional spine, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and regenerative medicine/platelet rich plasma injections and procedures. He is actively involved in musculoskeletal education and research. He has research interests in the use of platelet rich plasma in tendinopathic and osteoarthritic conditions, musculoskeletal ultrasound, sports and exercise injury prevention, and efficacy, healthcare, and policy issues affecting PM&R, sports, and interventional spine medicine. He has served as Northeast Delegate to the Resident-Fellow Council of the Association of Academic Physiatrists and Vice President, Medical Student Outreach, Workshop, and IT Manager positions to the NY Society of PM&R's (NYSPMR) Resident Council. He is still actively involved in these organizations, and is also a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Association of Academic Physiatrists, Spine Injection Society, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. He serves as a volunteer committee member on the Health Policy and Legislative Committees of the New York Society of PM&R, American Academy of PM&R, and Spine Intervention Society."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Chang "Dr. Chang is a physiatrist or physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) doctor, who treats sports, occupational, and musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. He specializes in spine, joint, tendon, and muscle care in active individuals.

He does not specialize in opiate/narcotic medication pain management.

He always strives to provide the best, evidence based, individualized quality care and management for your ailments.

Services provided:

  • Detailed history and physical that helps to establish a specific diagnosis
  • Counseling, injury prevention, and patient education
  • Physical therapy and/or Exercise prescriptions
  • Ultrasound guided joint, muscle, tendon, or nerve injections
  • Fluoroscopic (X-ray) guided spine epidural and facet injections, medial branch blocks, and radiofrequency denervation procedures
  • Hyaluronic acid or lubricant (for example, Hyalgan) joint injections
  • PRP (Platelet rich plasma) injections
  • Referral to other specialists or primary care physicians when you are in need
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6  Specialties

  • Interventional Spine Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Preventive Public Health Medicine
  • Spine Physiatry
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

1  Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Accredited by: American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation*

58  Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Hip Pain
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lower Back Muscle Strain
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Occipital Neuralgia
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Upper Back Pain
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26  Procedures

  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injection
  • Cervical Medial Branch Block
  • Cervical Medial Branch Neurotomy
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Injection
  • Facet Joint Nerve Ablation
  • Fluoroscopic-Guided Hip Injection
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Injection
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Block
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Occipital Nerve Block
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Shoulder Injection
  • Soft Tissue Injections
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Transforaminal Epidural Block
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Ultrasound, Musculoskeletal
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • BA/MD and Macaulay Honors College Programs at CUNY Brooklyn College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2006
  • SUNY Dwnstate M C Coll Med
    Medical School | Graduated 2010
  • Maimonides Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2011
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2014
  • Hospital for Special Surgery
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2015

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Chang has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Chinese, Cantonese
  • Chinese, Mandarin
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Chang's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Chang to family and friends
7 total reviews (4 have comments)

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Dr. Chang's Performance

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  • Answers questions

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  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (4)

Dr. Chang is a superb physician who gives his best to his patients. I had a left shoulder injury resulting from a gym activity in which he provided numerous treatment options for. His knowledge in sports related and musculoskeletal injuries and treatment options is tremendous. One of his best...more
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very good and the best doctor and very knowledgeable
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Dr. Chang was very knowledgable about my condition and the procedures by which to try and treat it without surgical intervention. Through his guidance and physical therapy I've improved my condition considerably and couldn't be happier. He is very approachable, friendly and makes himself...more
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My experience with Dr. Chang has been very positive he explained everything to me so I understood my procedures and treatment I would definitely recommend Dr. Chang to relatives and friends.
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