Carolyn Thompson Chudy, DO
Dr. Carolyn Thompson Chudy, DO, is a dedicated Physiatrist who is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and fellowship trained in Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine. Her specialties include non-operative management of pelvic pain, sports injuries, and spine conditions.
Dr. Chudy received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley before attending medical school at Western University of Health Sciences. She completed her residency at New York Presbyterian – Cornell and Columbia and pursued a subspecialty fellowship in Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine at Columbia University. During her fellowship, she developed a strong interest in the use of ultrasound for both accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment.
Dr. Carolyn Chudy uses a comprehensive, holistic approach to treatment, using every non-invasive tool to help her patients avoid surgery. Her treatments can include specific exercise programs, oral medications, and regenerative treatments. When absolutely necessary, she uses minimally invasive, image-guided procedures such as epidural steroid injections, nerve blocks, facet joint injections, peripheral joint or bursa injections to alleviate pain.
This set of skills has also helped Dr. Chudy provide expert medical assistance at athletic events on multiple levels, ranging from high school to professional sports, as well as major events like the New York Marathon. She is a Clinical Instructor in Columbia University’s Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, and belongs to the International Pelvic Pain Society, American Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Spine Intervention Society.
Get To Know Your Doctor
Why did you become a doctor?
As a competitive gymnast with multiple injuries growing up, I became interested in knowing why and how our bodies break down. I wanted to make a quick recovery back to sports and that drove my interest in learning the musculoskeletal system. I was fascinated with learning anatomy and physiology and wanted to be able to share that knowledge with others – becoming a doctor was a perfect fit.
What made you focus in pain management and rehabilitaiton?
I especially liked how the specialty focused on functional recovery for patients. No one has time for their lives to be disrupted by injury or illness, and I wanted to help patients return to their regular activities as quickly as possible. Whether the regular activities were high level athletics like cycling and marathons or day-to-day necessities like lifting kids and sitting comfortably at work, I wanted to help patients get back to their ‘normal.’
What are the goals to your approach in the treatment process?
I really have one goal when seeing a patient: to get the patient better. In order to do this, I’ve found the best approach is threefold: listen first, design a comprehensive treatment plan, and allow time for all questions to be answered. The plan always involves a whole-body approach, and I want to make sure the patient understands why we are doing each treatment.
Why did you focus in pelvic pain?
While treating patients with back and hip pain at an orthopedic practice, I began to notice many patients did not get better with the traditional back or hip focused treatments. I started to look at the mechanical connections between the pelvic floor and the hip/back. I found huge improvements in patients symptoms when we used a more comprehensive treatment plan, incorporating the pelvic floor musculature. Then I had a baby and experienced firsthand some of the pelvic floor challenges many new moms endure. I feel truly privileged to have the opportunity to help female, male and gender non-conforming patients with pelvic pain!
Medical School – Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University Medical Center, Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center, Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Columbia University, Fellowship in Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine
Awards / Recognitions
Shining Star Award For Excellence In Clinical Care
New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center, 2013
At Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine, we look at things differently. We consider the patient as a whole person, and we focus on the pelvic region because it’s the central core of your body. The pelvis is one of the primary regions in your body that helps your muscles, nerves, organs, ligaments and bones work together as a unified organism.