Meet Dr. Roland
Dr. Roland Alley
Roland Alley received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Hunter College and the CUNY
Graduate Center. Roland found his calling for physical therapy after sustaining a wrist fracture that required surgery and extensive therapy. Through this process he developed an interest in physical therapy and decided to go back to school to earn his degree.
Even as a PT, Roland struggled with back pain of his own and began searching for treatments and approaches that could explain and resolve his particular kind of back problems. After years of coursework, reading scientific research, and thousands of hours treating patients, he now specializes in treating back conditions. His passion lies in helping others find lasting solutions to their pain.
In his free time Roland enjoys cycling, playing drums, and reading books on evolutionary biology and cosmology. You can find him on the weekends riding a bike in the woods or spending time with his family.
Frequently Asked Questions
The type of intensive, in-depth assessment and individualized treatment plan that we offer is appropriate for all kinds of orthopedic Physical Therapy. I have treated many thousands of shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, elbows, necks, etc. over the course of my career, and I am happy to work together treating those conditions with you. What differentiates the treatment you will receive here is the one-on-one, detailed assessment and personalized care that we offer. When you are here, you will have my undivided attention and expertise, and that is a promise.
With that said, I started this practice in order to address what I see as a need in treating what happens to be the number one reason people go to Physical Therapy for (not to mention chiropractors, etc.) – back pain. I have spent a significant amount of my personal time and energy investigating the best, research-based approaches to back pain, and believe that I have developed an approach that is extremely effective in helping people to return to the activities they love, while taking care of their backs and bodies for the long term. You may be particularly interested in this approach if you have had poor outcomes, or seen no significant improvements, with other courses of Physical Therapy or Chiropractic care, spine surgeons, pain-management specialists, other therapists (ie, massage, yoga), or personal trainers. I have plenty of experience helping people with back pain that has not improved, or possibly even worsened, with other interventions.
While I enjoy the process of teaching people about their specific back issues and helping them understand how to improve them long-term, it should be stated that there is no “one-size-fits-all” set of steps one can take. There is no known approach or clinician on earth that can guarantee a 100% success rate, just like in other aspects of life. In fact, if you encounter someone who guarantees to “cure you”, I would honestly recommend turning and running the other way. There can be no promises that you will finish your course of care with me being completely free of any pain, but I can tell you with certainty that I will give you my absolute direct attention, and all of my clinical experience and compassion when we work together towards your goals. I will be as honest as I can possibly be when we first meet about your prospects, given the information you can provide. I want you to feel improvements almost as much as you do.
Please bring loose-fitting clothing such as athletic attire – we will be moving around (possibly more than you are used to!) – and appropriate footwear that allows you to be comfortable, as well as allowing me to observe a more accurate range of motion. I will be asking a lot of questions regarding your back pain, how long it’s been with you, how you remember it occurring, what sorts of activities make it worse (and make it better) – so you may want to spend some time thinking about those questions. If it helps you to write out the answers to those questions, please feel free to bring those. If you think of questions that you will have for me, you can write those out as well and bring them – I know that it’s easy to forget these once you’re in a clinic. And, if you’ve had any imaging (xrays, CT, MRI, ultrasound), and you have access to the reports, please bring those, as well as any previous diagnoses /
prescriptions you may have that add detail to your condition.
After our first meeting, you should have a good understanding of what activities and motions are hurting you, as well as some techniques you can implement to reduce and eventually eliminate these. We will carefully review the specific things that you should begin to do for a “home program”. Depending on the kind of problem you have, and its severity, this may include various exercises, a plan for walking, positions of comfort, strategies to improve the way you move (these vary from how to roll over in bed, to tying your shoes, to picking something up from the floor), or simply positions of comfort to adopt when your pain is severe. During follow up visits, we will continue to improve upon these exercises and movement habits. We will aim – together – to give you the best understanding of how to build endurance, strength, and give you an overall plan to get back to the activities you love to do.
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