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Physiatrist Dr. Joseph Sanelli is the director of Long Island Spine Specialists’ interventional spinal division and the electromyography (EMG) laboratory. A nationally-recognized leader in pain management, he is known for being one of the best physiatrists Long Island has to offer.

Doctor credentials
Doctor credentials

Board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain medicine, and electrodiagnostic medicine, Dr. Sanelli’s credentials are second to none. In addition, he has undergone extensive fellowship training in non-operative interventional spine care. This comprehensive training coupled with his years of experience as a pain management physician allows him to provide safe and effective non-surgical solutions for the full range of spinal and musculoskeletal pain syndromes that affect our Long Island patients.

Dr. Sanelli is a lifelong learner who is continually looking for new ways to improve and grow as a physiatrist. As such, he is committed to being at the forefront of the most current research and advances in spinal care. He is constantly completing training on the latest technologies, procedures, and techniques – ensuring that his Long Island patients have access to the best and most effective treatment options for their conditions.

In addition to his unmatched expertise in the field of spinal medicine, Dr. Sanelli stands out from the crowd for his compassionate nature. He encourages and champions his patients throughout every step of their treatment – because his true passion is helping them to maintain a pain-free lifestyle that they love. His commitment to providing the highest standard of care is evident in the extraordinary outcomes that his patients enjoy.

In 2021, Dr. Sanelli received praise from a Workers Compensation Law Judge complimenting him on how well his patient report was written and how it was above and beyond what a normal physician would do:
“The WCLJ noted that Dr. Sanelli’s report met the burden of proof, even more than most physicians seeking a variance.”



Dr. Sanelli knows how debilitating back and neck disorders can be for his patients. And, he knows that when it comes to treating these conditions, finding the right approach that meets the individual’s unique needs is the most important aspect to successfully relieving their symptoms and restoring a pain-free lifestyle.

As one of Dr. Sanelli’s patients, you can rest assured that your treatment plan will reflect your needs, concerns, and preferences. As a recognized leader in his field, he will work closely with you to effectively manage your condition and restore an improved quality of life in a way that works for you.

Education + Training

Dr. Sanelli earned his undergraduate degree at St. John’s University before achieving his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. From there, he completed his residency at New York University School of Medicine-Rusk Institute, along with a rigorous fellowship program at the Florida Spine Institute.

Once his education was complete, Dr. Sanelli established himself as a leading pain management physician in Long Island specializing in treating the full range of spinal conditions that affect his patients – including chronic back pain, arthritis, disc herniation, scoliosis, sciatica, deformities, and more.


Chief Resident/Residency Program:
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Rusk Institute, New York University Medical Center; New York, New York
Internal Medicine Internship
Albany Medical Center; Albany, New York

Professional Affiliations:

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Medical Society of the State of New York
Suffolk County Medical Society
North American Spine Society
International Spinal Injections Society
American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Hospital Appointments:

St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center; Smithtown, New York
Chief of the Pain Service – North Shore Surgi-Center; Smithtown, New York


Spine Intervention Society:
Florida Spine Institute; Clearwater, Florida

Nonsurgical Sciatica Pain Treatment | Patient Story | Long Island Spine Specialists



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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