Dr. Charles Marino decided to become a chiropractor when he was in college because he witnessed the positive effects of the medical discipline personally.
“I got hurt playing football and a chiropractor helped me a lot,” Marino, who sustained a neck injury, recalled last week. “I just wanted to do something where I help people.”
Marino has been helping people at the Carmel office of Advanced Health & Injury Care, which also has offices on the Mahopac/Somers border and in PleasantValley. Aside from his work as a chiropractor, Marino serves as the head administrator in the Carmel offices. “I kind of oversee the daily operations,” he explained.
The other partners are Dr. Louis Campbell, a former Mahopac resident who lives in Pawling and is the other administrator of the Carmel office; and Dr. Michael Bank, who is the medical director.
Marino, who grew up in Mahopac and now lives in Patterson, said Advanced Health & Injury Care provides individualized care. “We’re a physical medicine practice,” he said. “We treat all kinds of pain and injury.”
Advanced Health provides help for patients with neck, low back, hip, knee and other types of pain. Pain can come from a variety of sources including sports injuries, accidents and even “pain for no reason,” according to Marino.
Advanced health offers some specialized pain treatments. Marino said there is a decompression program for spinal disc injuries, which is 85 percent “rate of significant relief,” he said.
Another Advanced Health program assists people with chronic knee osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative joint disease. The procedure is called viscosupplementation, which Marino described as the injection of a cart ledge-like gel into knee. “It helps rebuild the joint,” he said, adding the treatment also includes physical therapy. Without the treatment, patients would have required knee replacements, he said, adding the procedure can be repeated every six to 12 months.
“A lot of the stuff we do is to try and help people avoid having surgery,” Marino said.
Another program helps patient with pereferal nerve damage in their hands or feet. A devise called “a rebuilder,” which is a neoro-stimulator that “helps regenerate the nerve pathway,” Marino said, adding that physical therapy complements the treatment. About 80 percent of patients for the program get moderate or better relief in the three-month program, he said.
Advanced Health is planning a program to assist patients with migraine headaches, Marino noted.
“One of the things that really sets us apart from other places is that when they come in we have medical doctors and physicians’ assistants here so they can come in directly, they don’t need to see someone else and get refereed here,” Marino said. “They get medical care. They get physical therapy. They get massage therapy They get chiropractic, all in one visit.”
“Our goal is to try to keep people out of getting surgery and improve their overall health and function,” Marino said.
Marino said he receives much satisfaction from his work, especially after helping “somebody who can’t really walk when they come in the door” during their first visit.
For more information about Advanced Health & Injury Care, visit Advanced-HIC.com.