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Are Your Jeans to Blame for Your Back Pain?

You tend to blame back pain on habits like poor posture, overly aggressive workouts, or an awkward sleeping position. But your clothes may also be to blame, says Kenneth Hansraj, M.D., chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine. Specifically, outfits that are too tight, too stiff, or too constricting can limit your range of motion, which causes more stress and strain to fall on your back, neck, and shoulders, increasing your risk of pain and injury.

He says top offenders are skinny jeans, pencil skirts, and compression clothing or shapewear. but don’t worry, you don’t need to swear off fitted clothes altogether. Just opt for fabrics with a bit of stretch to them, and choose a size that’s snug—not skintight. How to tell: You should be able to easily slip a finger under the waistband of jeans and skirts, and compression gear and Spanx shouldn’t feel suffocating. If you need to take them off after eating, you could probably stand to size up.

Another common culprit for back and neck pain is your sports bra, says Hansraj. Options with thin straps or halter-style straps don’t distribute weight evenly across your shoulders. Instead, pressure is concentrated into one small spot, which forces you to slump. This is even a problem for women with smaller cup sizes, Hansraj notes. To dodge discomfort, he recommends looking for bras with thick, comfy straps.

SOURCE: http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/are-your-jeans-blame-your-back-pain


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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