Back Pain Surgery Not Recommended As First Line Treatment

More than 26 million Americans between the ages of 20-64 experience low back pain.  Globally, an estimated 22-65% of adults suffer from it every year.  Treatment recommendations can vary significantly, from relative rest to surgery.  Despite the medical literature not recommending and clinical guidelines discouraging the use of spine surgery in routine cases of acute low back pain, rates of spinal surgeries…

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WSJ: Conservative Treatment of Back Pain

Today’s Wall Street Journal talks about treatment of back pain.  Whether people experience back pain because they are more active during the summertime or because the pain seemingly appears out of nowhere, most cases can be treated conservatively.  Given time alone, most cases of back pain will resolve on their own with relative rest.  In cases where…

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Treating Pain Without Painkillers

A new Boston Globe article discusses the dangers of our society’s increasing dependence on painkillers.  Patients often want and at times demand a quick solution to their problems, but treating pain is typically much more complicated than writing a simple prescription.   In fact, chronic narcotic medication use has been shown to reduce people’s pain tolerance and increase their…

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Dr. Lipetz Responds to Recent Spinal Stenosis Articles

For our patients, their families, and our colleagues, Dr. Jason S. Lipetz comments on the recent New England Journal of Medicine and New York Times articles on the role of spinal injections in the treatment of spinal stenosis. Summary of Comments:  The findings of this study do not correlate with those of our practice or…

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Findings Of New Study on Back Pain Questioned

 A New York orthopedist is questioning the findings in a new study that suggests that epidural steroid injections may not help relieve back and leg pain from spinal stenosis.  “This is another study that we need to take very seriously, but my experience is that patients do benefit,” said Dr. Thomas Mauri, vice chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at Long…

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Our Great Neck Office Has Moved!

We’re excited to announce that our Great Neck office has moved just down the street to a brand new, larger office space at: The Great Neck Colonial Building 560 Northern Boulevard, Suite 204 Great Neck, New York, 11021 icon-phone (516) 441-5940 icon-print (516) 441-5944 We will have physician office hours five days a week and also offer…

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