Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery vs. Traditional

  Lower back pain and neck pain affect most people at some point in their lives. Spine-related back pains can severely limit your ability to walk or work, often leading to debilitating pain. When you suffer from back pain, you must contact a pain specialist immediately to determine the true root cause of pain and …

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What is scoliosis and what causes it?

Scoliosis is a condition in which your spine curves sideways instead of being completely straight. It usually occurs in the growth spurt just before kids hit puberty. The root cause of scoliosis is sometimes traced to muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy, but its root cause is often unknown. Scoliosis is a common condition, affecting 3% …

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Good exercises to help sciatica

Sciatica, or sciatic nerve pain, is so painful and debilitating that most people can’t get off their bed or stand upright. Sciatica is perhaps one of the most painful forms of back pain, and it can be caused by several issues, including a ruptured disk, spinal injuries, or spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal.) …

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How to find the best back specialist

Back pain specialists are doctors who diagnose and treat pains arising in different parts of your body, including your back, knees, hips, shoulders, etc. Back pain and spine specialists identify the true source of the pain using advanced diagnostic methods, like X-rays and MRIs, and curate the ideal back pain treatment for your specific needs. …

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How to manage back pain at home?

Back pain is a widespread problem that interferes with our work and social lives. In fact, lower back pain is one of the leading causes of disabilities in the world. It’s estimated that 80% of all adults experience back pain at some point in their lives. The back muscles and the spinal framework support most …

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Doctor Mermelstein hugging a female pediatric patient

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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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. Sanelli, and Dr. Abbasi all received the honor. NY TopDocs uses a comprehensive qualification questionnaire, research & an in-depth screening process to identify and select …

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