Q&A: Dr. Arjang Abbasi Answers Questions About PRP Therapy

By Dr. Arjang Abbasi In this month’s blog, LISS’ Dr. Arjang Abbasi, board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and specialized in interventional pain management, participates in a Q&A to answer patients’ questions regarding PRP treatment. Also known as therapy, PRP is a revolutionary treatment that has helped countless individuals – and many professional athletes – …

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Q&A: Pediatric Scoliosis Specialist Dr. Laurence E. Mermelstein

"It is very important that the kids feel involved!” A Q&A with Dr. Laurence E. Mermelstein, M.D, on the importance of a good patient-doctor relationship in pediatric scoliosis patients   As one of the leading experts in managing the care and treatment of pediatric scoliosis patients and as an active member of the premier Scoliosis …

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Protect Your Neck During Summer Activities

By Dr. Sushil Basra The spring and summertime are excellent opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Many of us will take this time to enjoy water activities such as swimming, diving, surfing or simply enjoying the beach. Unfortunately, some of these activities are associated with injuries to our neck (cervical spine). These injuries include fractures (broken …

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Golf Is More Than a Leisure Activity

By Dr. Thomas J. Dowling Golf can be enjoyed by all at almost any age. The game affords a way of getting outside and spending quality time with friends or family, or for some, time alone. The handicap system acts to level the field for competition as well. Unfortunately, golf is often viewed more as …

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Osteoporosis: Prevention, Screening, and Treatment

By Daniel E. Choi, M.D. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. One of the most common conditions I see at Long Island Spine Specialists are compression fractures of the spine. Compression fractures affect many of my elderly patients and are extremely debilitating.  They are usually the result of osteoporosis, a bone fragility condition …

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How Tiger Got His Back Back

By I must admit that I got emotional watching Tiger Woods knock in his short put on the 18th  green at August National and in doing so win his  5th Masters Championship.  I am not a die-hard golf fan or a Tiger Woods apologist. But I am a Long Island orthopedic surgeon who has cared for people …

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LISS Doctors are Top!

Congratulations to the wonderful, caring physicians at Long Island Spine Specialists for once again being named NY TopDocs and Top Doctors! Dr. Dowling, Dr. Mermelstein, Dr. DeWal, Dr. Basra, Dr. Choi, Dr. Sanelli and Dr. Abbasi all received the honor. NY TopDocs uses a comprehensive qualification questionnaire, research & an in-depth screening process to identify …

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7 Habits that Lead to Weak Bones

Our bones can start to lose density at a very early age. Luckily, our bodies are always forming new bone. In our teens and 20s, our bodies form new bone faster than they breaks down old bone. After 30, however, new bone production slows down, and we start losing bone mass. Poor habits can cause some people to lose bone …

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5 Ways to Strengthen Your Balance and Prevent Spinal Fractures

Falling is a common injury. Whether you’re a wobbly toddler or a middle-aged athlete, just about everyone has experienced the pain of a fall. But, as you age, falling is a more serious matter, as it can lead to a neck sprain, back strain, or spinal fracture that can take a toll on your mobility …

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Quitting Smoking Can Ease Back Pain, Aid in Healing

If you have plans to quit smoking in the new year, doctors have an added incentive: It could ease back pain. Drop the pack, improve your back -- that's the message from the North American Spine Society. According to the recent report, smoking can cause severe back pain, which can be fixed by back surgery. However, …

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