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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7 Tips to Motivate Yourself to Exercise

Is exercising more often one of your New Year’s resolutions? Having trouble getting started? If you’re not already a fitness buff, it can be difficult to begin — and stick to — a new workout routine. But there are several ways to set yourself up for success. Try these seven science-backed tips for exercise motivation. 1. CHANGE YOUR MINDSET …

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Chronic Back and Neck Pain’s Close Connection to Insomnia

If you have chronic back or neck pain and struggle with sleep, you might assume it’s the pain keeping you from sound slumber. Seems obvious, right? But the connection between chronic pain and insomnia is more complex than you may think. As many as two-thirds of people with chronic pain have sleep disorders, and researchers …

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7 Ways to Give Yourself More Free Time

Are you happy with the amount of free time you have? Time with no obligations, when you can relax and do whatever you want? For many of us, unscheduled free time is at a premium. Between work, family and other obligations, there’s very little “me” time left at the end of the day. But research shows having …

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Healing Power of Man’s Best Friend—and Cats, too

Here are some ways that our four-legged friends can help us to live better with chronic pain. 5 Ways Pets Can Relieve Chronic Pain 1. Animals make us feel less stressed. Even if you aren't passionate about pooches, research has shown that just 10 to 15 minutes of petting a dog reduces the amount of …

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