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Why Does My Spine Hurt?

Millions of Americans suffer from chronic back and spine pain. In fact, it is the leading cause of disability in people younger than 45. While most of us will experience back pain at some point in our lives, it isn’t always easy to identify the source. To help you understand and treat this condition, we’ve broken down […]

Chronic Mid Back Pain

You Should See A Doctor For Your Chronic Mid Back Pain

Thoracic pain may not be as common as neck pain or low back pain, but it can be just as debilitating and at times, even more dangerous. The thoracic spine is made up of segments between the cervical and lumbar spines. The rib cage is made of 12 ribs, with 12 thoracic vertebrae in the back, and the […]

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What Is A Medial Branch Nerve Block?

If you’ve visited an interventional pain management specialist for chronic back pain, your physician may have suggested performing a Medial branch nerve block for pain. But what is it exactly? Many spinal conditions that affect our facet joints, or the joints that connect the vertebrae of our spine, can impinge upon the nerves that surround our spine. […]

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What Are Facet Joint Injections?

Facet joints are small joints that connect our vertebrae and allow our spines to move. Like all the joints in our body, they are susceptible to arthritis and injury. In these cases, our facet joints can cause pain, inflaming tissues in the area and sometimes compressing nerve roots in the spine. A facet joint injection is useful for both […]

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NY Bone And Joint Specialists Appear On WCBS

Dr. Leon E. Popovitz and Dr. Michael Y. Mizhiritsky, co-founders of NY Bone and Joint Specialists, spoke about the importance of preserving our joints as part of the CBS American Health Front program, which focuses on the top healthcare providers and techniques today.   Dr. Popovitz explains that we are born with a certain amount of cartilage and […]

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What Is Flat Back Syndrome?

You may think that you are holding your spine straight when you practice good posture. The truth is, our spine needs two major curves to give us balance and mobility. Our lumbar spine curves inward, which is called lordosis, while our thoracic spine curves outward, called kyphosis. While it’s always important to sit up straight, […]

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Do I Have Chronic Neck Pain?

Many of us have a sore or aching neck at the end of the day. This could be the result of a variety of things: bad posture, an uncomfortable workspace, “text-neck”, or maybe a condition leading to chronic neck pain. Chronic neck pain differs from acute neck pain (neck pain resulting from injury, or trauma) in […]

Do I Need To See A Doctor For Back Pain?

Do I Need To See A Doctor For Back Pain?

We’ve all had back pain at one point or another and it’s more likely than not that your back pain keeps coming back. Oftentimes, patients see back pain as something that’s a natural result of sitting at work or being active and don’t receive treatment. Unfortunately, without treatment back pain can become constant and be debilitating later […]

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Why Am I Having Back Spasms?

You know that painful, cramping, tightening feeling that bursts through your muscles. Maybe it’s happened when you’re exercising or doing physical labor, or maybe it comes at random, just here and there. Why are you experiencing these back spasms? There are a variety of causes for back spasms. If it usually happens during or directly after […]

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What Is Sciatica?

One of the most common complaints seen by orthopedic surgeons, physical medicine specialists, as well as primary care physicians is “sciatica”. But, what exactly is it? Sciatica is a symptom of pain in the leg, at times associated with tingling and numbness, and even weakness. There are many causes of sciatica. It is important to […]

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