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Nicholas R. Beatty, DO, RMSK

Physiatry, Sports Medicine, Spine

About Dr. Beatty

Dr. Nicholas Beatty is a double board certified physiatrist at HSS specializing in physiatric sports medicine, interventional spine care, and musculoskeletal conditions. His medical practice focuses on evidence-based treatments for muscle, tendon, joint, and spine conditions. Dr. Beatty's goal is to promote and support an active lifestyle through early and accurate diagnosis of musculoskeletal injuries or dysfunction, evidence-informed conservative treatment options whenever possible, and supporting rapid but safe return to sport or activity.

As a physiatrist, Dr. Beatty's knowledge and training spans musculoskeletal medicine, rehabilitation, orthopedic and neurologic conditions, nerve conditions and nerve testing (EMG), traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury (SCI), and neurodegenerative conditions. His skillset, training, and expertise are aligned in addressing orthopedic conditions, back pain, sports injuries, nerve conditions, arthritis, and tendon/ligament conditions.

As a sports medicine physiatrist and certified musculoskeletal sonographer (RMSK), Dr. Beatty uses ultrasound and advanced imaging techniques to confirm findings from his specialized history and physical exam. Personalized exercises and physical therapy are often used in conjunction with targeted ultrasound-guided and fluoroscopy-guided injections to the site of injury (joint/cartilage, muscle/tendon/ligament, and the spine) to promote healing and restore function. Regenerative, restorative, and proliferative orthobiologic treatments are considered when suitable, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP), bone-marrow-derived injections, hyaluronic acid viscosupplementation, percutaneous needle tenotomy, hydrodissection, and other ultrasound-guided procedures.

Dr. Beatty also utilizes targeted spinal injections to treat nerve, disc, and joint dysfunction including epidural injections, facet joint injections, radiofrequency denervation, and other disc-related treatments.

Departments

Specialized Centers

HSS Center for Regenerative Medicine

Special Expertise

Back and neck pain
Interventional spine care
Osteoarthritis
Platelet-rich plasma
Regenerative medicine/Orthobiologics
Sports medicine
Tendon injuries

Procedures

Bursa and soft tissue injections with imaging guidance
Fluoroscopic spinal injections (cervical, lumbosacral)
Knee, shoulder, and hip injections with imaging guidance
Musculoskeletal ultrasound
Peri-neural injections and nerve treatments
Platelet-rich plasma injections and treatments
Regenerative medicine and orthobiologics treatment
Small/Intermediate joint injections with imaging guidance
Shockwave for musculoskeletal conditions
Tendon and tendon sheath injections with imaging guidance

Patient Stories

Insurance

If your insurance is not listed, please call our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. If you have out-of-network benefits, then your insurance may reimburse you for a portion of your office visit. We will work with you and your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Financial assistance may be available for patients in need.

Credentials

Appointments

Assistant Attending Physiatrist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College

Affiliations

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 
American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine 
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine 
Association of Academic Physiatrists 
Association of Ringside Physicians 
Biologic Association 
HSS Alumni Association 
Interventional Orthopedics Foundation 
North American Spine Society 
New York Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
The Orthobiologic Institute
Spine Intervention Society 

Certification

American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine, Board Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine, Board Certified Sports Medicine
Registered in Musculoskeletal Sonography (RMSK) by Alliance for Physician Certification & Advancement (APCA), July 2017 
Certified Ringside Physician by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Association of Ringside
Physicians (ARP), [highest exam score in the country] 
Certified American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 
Certified NAEMT Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) 
American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist/Certified Health Fitness Specialist (ACSM-EP/ACSM-HFS), inactive 
USA Weightlifting Level-1 Sports Performance Coach (USAW-L1SP), inactive 
National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA CSCS), inactive 
Functional Movement Screen certified (Lee Burton, PhD, Gray Cook, MSPT, OCS, CSCS), inactive National Registry
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B), inactive 
Pre/Post Natal Exercise Prescription (Annette Lang Education Systems), inactive

Awards

Co-Awardee, Foundation for PM&R Best Original Research Award. PI: Kirschner JS, 2022
Chief Fellow, ACGME-Accredited Sports Medicine, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2017
Chief Resident, Mount Sinai Hospital PM&R Residency Program, 2015
Rehabilitative Research Experience for Medical Students (RREMS) Scholarship Winner, 2009

Education

Medical: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY, 2012
Internship: North Shore Long Island Jewish Plainview Hospital, Plainview, NY, 2013
Residency: Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, 2016
Fellowship: Accredited Sports Medicine and Interventional Spine Care, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, 2017

State Licensure

Languages

English

For My Patients

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Academic Medicine Practice

Dr. Beatty's practice is an academic practice at Hospital for Special Surgery. This means that he often trains and teaches residents and fellows (post-medical school licensed physicians). Your care will be provided by his team which, in his opinion, improves the quality of your care. Integrating teaching and research into a practice leads to better evidence-informed outcomes but does take time. This may increase the time needed at each visit. For new patients, this may increase the time you should expect to be here for your initial visit. Please let us know if you have any questions about resident/fellow physician roles in your exam. If you would prefer a different type of practice or physician, please let us know and we will do our best to direct you to another physician.

Publications by Dr. Beatty

Selected Journal Articles

Selected Books/Chapters

Beatty NR and JF Wyss. Low Back Pain and Lumbar Strain. In Xu, Rachel and Stuart Kahn (Eds.), Musculoskeletal Sports and Spine Disorders. A Comprehensive Guide. 2017.

Selected Presentations

Updates in Orthobiologics for Musculoskeletal Care. The Orthobiologics Institute (TOBI) 12th Annual Orthobiologics Symposium. Oct. 8th-9th, 2021.

Updates in Orthobiologics for Musculoskeletal Care. The Orthobiologics Institute (TOBI) 10th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. June 6-8, 2019.

Orthobiologics in Sports Medicine. Mount Sinai Grand Rounds. New York, NY. April 23, 2019.

The Combat Athlete. Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) Sports Medicine Symposium. New York, NY. with N Beatty, J Hettler, and I Felix. February 23, 2018.

Combat Sports Medicine and Spine Care. NYU RISE Lecture Series. New York, NY. January 16, 2019.

Regenerative Sports Medicine and Spine Care. NYU RISE Lecture Series. New York, NY. December 20, 2018.

Using Advances in Technology to Improve Practice Management and Patient Care: Opportunities and Case Study A comprehensive review of mobile health technology. Annual Meeting of the American Academy of PM&R (AAPMR), Orlando, FL. with J Heckman, T Wang, A Cheema, D Elwood, N Beatty, and J. Cohen. November 11, 2012.

Shoulder manipulation for chronic stroke patients with upper extremity spasticity. Annual Meeting of the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP), Coconut Point, FL. with N Beatty and P Raghavan. October 16, 2009.

Research

Dr. Beatty's research experience lies in clinical investigation of musculoskeletal conditions of the spine and extremities, such as degenerative disc disease and joint osteoarthritis, and regenerative/restorative medicine treatments including bone-marrow aspirate treatments, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), hyaluronic acid viscosupplementation, and steroid injections. Dr. Beatty is also interested in ways to improve the accuracy and efficacy of muscle, tendon, and joint treatments and has investigated the role of ultrasound in treating osteoarthritis. In addition to painful orthopedic conditions, Dr. Beatty has an interest in athletic performance and soccer/football medicine in particular. Additional interests include longitudinal injury profiles in combat athletes (mixed martial artists, boxers, and other competitors), and orthobiologic outcomes. 

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Beatty as of March 23, 2023.

New York State Athletic Commission - Honoraria

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Patients should feel free to ask their HSS physicians questions about these relationships.

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