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Injuries Caused by Bending

When the Beatles sang Doing the garden, digging the weeds/ Who could ask for more, they were nowhere near 64 and probably not thinking about the aches and pains that become more prevalent in middle-age. While children and young adults usually don’t hurt themselves by simply bending over, injuries that occur during this simple act…

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Is Your Bad Posture Contributing to Your Back and Joint Pain?

While telling our children to “sit up straight” may seem to be an old-fashioned command, good posture is important to maintaining pain-free flexibility and general well-being. Not only does poor posture contribute to back pain, but it can also negatively impact respiration, digestion, balance, and even psychological health. At Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine, our…

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Upper Back Pain and What Can Be Done to Relieve It

Though not nearly as common a complaint as lower back pain, upper back pain, often felt across the shoulder blades, is a source of ongoing distress to many of our patients. As physiatrists, whose medical specialties are nonsurgical pain relief and restoration of function, the doctors at Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine are well-prepared to…

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Acupuncture: An Important Treatment for Low Back Pain

For many years, acupuncture has been helping patients with chronic back pain find relief. Though many traditional medical professionals have been reluctant to explore the advantages of this painless, non-surgical treatment, at Long Island Rehabilitation Medicine we have been using it successfully for years.  Western medicine has continued to be dismissive, even suspicious, of Eastern…

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Why Does My Lower Back Hurt When I Stand Too Long?

While there are many underlying reasons for back pain during prolonged standing, the precipitating cause is usually postural. When you stand for a length of time, your pelvis is often pushed backward, increasing the curve of your lower back (lumbar region). This puts increased pressure on the soft tissues surrounding the spine, causing your lower…

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Can I Injure Myself by Just Sitting Still?

Though it may seem counterintuitive that you can injure your spine, joints, and muscles while sitting at your computer or watching TV, the fact is that a great many people experience pain and dysfunction as a result of spending too much time sitting in a supposedly relaxed position. According to the National Institutes of Health,…

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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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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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Occupational Back Pain and How to Avoid It

Back pain causes economic as well as physical distress. As the primary reason workers take sick days, back pain has a strong negative impact on both workers and employers. Government studies have shown that there are several important ways businesses and their employees can be proactive in addressing acute and chronic back pain. Taking these…

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