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Why Does My Upper Back Hurt?

Upper back pain is, unfortunately, quite prevalent in our industrialized society. Most office jobs create numerous opportunities for it, and a largely sedentary lifestyle outside of work can further aggravate it. While it’s usually not a symptom of a greater injury, pain in the upper back can still interfere with your daily life and prevent […]

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 Lumber Arthritis?

The facet joints on either side of the five lumbar vertebrae are susceptible to arthritis in elderly patients. Lumbar arthritis is inflammation of these joints, often brought about after years of wear on the bones. Swelling in the facet joints will compress nerves in the area and irritate surrounding tissues as well as damage the […]

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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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Weightlifting Injuries: Herniated Discs

Weightlifters know back pain all too well. From belts to altered positions, to foam rolling, weightlifters need to constantly avoid and treat back aches and strains. Unfortunately, no method can guard your back and neck against injury 100% when you lift weights regularly. Because of this, the orthopedists and pain management specialists at New York Bone and Joint Specialists often […]

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The Importance Of An Ergonomic Work Space

Like many, you work in front of a computer 40-50 hours each week. Work has you stressed, tired, and leaves you no time to exercise. Chances are, at the end of each working day, you have neck and back pain and stiffness. It may seem too good to be true, but an ergonomic workstation can […]

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What Is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

Many types of upper or mid back pain are caused by poor posture. Sitting or slumping for long periods of time can have a serious impact on or mid-spine, which can cause pain to radiate throughout our back, neck, head, and upper extremities. This condition is known as thoracic outlet syndrome. Your thoracic outlet is the […]

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Radiofrequency Ablation: A Solution To Stubborn Back Pain

A majority of Americans suffer from back pain and many find it hard to achieve long lasting relief. Conservative treatments, such as physical therapy or anti-inflammatory medications is often not enough to relieve pain and spasms for more than half of patients that suffer from chronic spine conditions. Fortunately for those with arthritis, nerve compression, […]

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Should You Be Wearing A Back Belt Or Brace?

Many rely on back belts when exercising, and many others at work. But, do they work? There is no definitive proof in medical literature one way or another. Someone that has no back pain may wear a back belt to avoid or prevent injury. If the belt is tightened only during strenuous activity, it increases awareness of […]

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 […]

Winter Injuries

Winter Injuries: Icy Slips And Falls

Winter can be a daunting time of year for the thousands of Americans who have suffered serious injury from slips or falls due to icy weather. Unfortunately, even a small slip on a patch of ice can result in an injury that can cause chronic pain or other musculoskeletal issues for a lifetime. At NY […]

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