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Back Pain During Pregnancy

Along with the joy and excitement of being pregnant comes a certain amount of discomfort. In a great many cases this includes back pain. While for some women back pain means an occasional twinge or cramp, for others it can become a chronic problem that persists even after the baby is born.  Because pregnant women…

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Why Are Backaches So Common?

Studies have shown that 80 percent of the population experiences back pain at some point. According to evolutionary biologists, the problem began over 4 million years ago when primates became bipedal, using only two of their four limbs for locomotion. This development put increased stress on the spine and may be blamed for many of…

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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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woman with upper back pain

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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man with lower back pain

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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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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