Woman with back pain on the couch

Am I Making My Back Pain Worse?

If you are plagued by back pain, either chronically or during acute episodes, it is important to have your problem correctly diagnosed and treated. It is also important to learn how to strengthen your core muscles and to learn which activities and habits may be undermining your efforts to heal.  Consulting with an astute physiatrist…

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Female patient visiting her physiatrist.

When Should I See a Physiatrist?

Many patients wonder when it’s appropriate to consult a physiatrist rather than an orthopedic surgeon. In fact, both of these medical specialists have important places in the world of modern medicine. This article is meant to clarify when seeing a physiatrist, like one of the acclaimed doctors at Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine, is not…

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Woman with wrist pain, on her computer.

Not All Wrist Pain Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Since the advent of computers, the term “carpal tunnel” has come into much more common usage. Though there has been some debate over whether carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is actually caused by frequent computer use, wrists are certainly at risk for pain and dysfunction in the modern world. It is, however, a mistake to self-diagnose…

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Man holding his back in pain.

Is It Hip Pain or Back Pain?

Although hip pain often originates in the hip joint itself, at Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine we have seen many patients who come in complaining of hip pain but are actually feeling referred pain from their backs. Sometimes, their pain is the result of soft tissue damage in the hip region rather than in the…

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Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine Offices Open and Following COVID-19 CDC Guidelines:

As always, the health and well-being of our patients, staff, and their families remain our utmost priority. At this time we are offering in office and telemedicine appointments. We continue to recommend telemedicine appointments for our more elderly patients, those with pre-existent medical conditions, and for those who feel they can be treated appropriately using…

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Woman with neck pain on the phone.

Pains in the Neck

Pains in the neck are apparently of interest, since references to neck injuries have become part of our metaphorical language. A person or situation provoking extreme irritation is referred to as “a pain in the neck,” and “you could break your neck” is considered a serious warning against self-injury. The neck, supporting as it does…

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Obese child standing on a scale.

How Does Childhood Obesity Affect Bones and Muscles?

Now that the country is experiencing the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, it may seem hyperbolic to refer to the “epidemic” of childhood obesity. Nonetheless, the facts show clearly that our country has a serious problem with overweight and obese youngsters. Among the wide variety of health problems associated with childhood obesity are several related…

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Older woman with a muscle spasm in her wrist

Why Do I Get Muscle Spasms and How Can I Prevent Them?

Small muscle spasms on your eyelid, hand or thigh may cause a pulsing sensation, as if a tiny motor has been turned on. They are usually short-term, painless and, though they may be annoying, very rarely indicate a serious disorder. Larger muscle spasms, however, that suddenly knot your calf or tighten your lower back can…

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older patient looking over musculoskeletal issue with doctor.

Musculoskeletal Problems in Older Patients

While advertisers deluge us with messages about how to keep ourselves young, pain-free and active, aging brings about unavoidable changes to all parts of the body, from skin and hair to bones and muscles. Though we try to pinpoint a date when aging begins, or at least when it becomes troublesome (50? 65? 70? 75?),…

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Young woman holding her neck in pain from arthritis.

Can Young People Suffer with Arthritis?

Although most of us associate arthritis with aging, the disorder can also affect young adults, teens, and even children. Because the symptoms of arthritis may be similar to those of other injuries or disease conditions, it is important to be diagnosed as promptly as possible. Early intervention can make a substantive difference in effective treatment,…

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