Neha P. James, DO
Dr. Neha P. James, DO is a trained physiatrist who is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. As a PM&R physician with a strong background in helping patients overcome the physical after-effects of illness and injury, Dr. James takes an approach to treatment that places the utmost emphasis on compassion, communication, and patient education. She has considerable knowledge and expertise on treating pelvic pain conditions and aiding recovery from a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries and medical events.
After receiving her B.S./D.O. from the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. James completed her internship and residency in PM&R at the University of Minnesota. She then joined Hennepin Healthcare in downtown Minneapolis as an attending physician and served as site director and assistant professor for the University of Minnesota PM&R residency program. She joined the Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine team in 2021 to treat patients at our Scarsdale, NY location.
Dr. James is a member of the International Pelvic Pain Society and the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. When not helping her patients, she loves to read, practice yoga, go hiking, and spend time with her family.
Get To Know Your Doctor
Why did you become a physiatrist?
My mother is an OB/GYN nurse practitioner and midwife, and my sister is an internal medicine doctor, so I like to say that I was raised in medicine. During medical school, I became more and more concerned about the serious functional changes that illnesses can cause in the body, and that fueled an interest in physiatry and learning how to help patients recover and return to their previous level of function.
What are the goals of your approach/treatment/program?
I believe very strongly in patient education. I think it’s so important to help patients fully understand the thought process behind a diagnosis and treatment plan so they can make empowered, informed decisions. When you suffer from an untreated pain disorder, it can create a feeling of disconnect between you and your body, and empowerment is key to healing this divide.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Throughout my career, I’ve been told that I have a knack for helping patients feel as comfortable as possible in uncomfortable situations. My goal is to use this skill to help my patients move through the discomfort of a sensitive conversation or an intimidating procedure so that we can come to a place of healing on the other side.
What’s something you would like people to know about pelvic health?
There’s unfortunately still a cultural stigma around any type of sexual, genital, reproductive, or pelvic health issue. We receive a lot of unnecessary shaming throughout our lives in regard to these topics, and I think that can hinder patients from reaching out for needed medical care. I want patients to know that I’m here to give them the help they deserve, free from judgment.
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine – DO
University of Minnesota, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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.