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Botox: Why It's Still Your No. 1 Solution for Crow’s Feet and Frown Lines Jul 27th, 2021

Have you tried Botox®? If your answer is yes, you know how it can transform your look and your confidence. But even if your answer is no, chances are high that you have a friend, family member, or coworker who has. More than 7 million Botox procedures are done every...

How Degeneration Affects Your Rotator Cuff Jun 13th, 2021

The shoulders is the most mobile joint in the human body, and your rotator cuff is the group of muscles and tendons that hold it together. The rotator cuff keeps your arm bone securely in place in your shoulder socket. It plays a very important role when you lift, reach,...

Healing for Your Herniated Disc May 10th, 2021

Your spine has a stack of vertebral bones. The moveable bones are separated and cushioned by vertebral discs, but these discs are susceptible to damage. In fact, herniated discs are a leading cause of back pain among adults of all ages. They can happen in a sudden injury, but just...

Understanding the Different Treatable Conditions of Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Apr 1st, 2021

Are you living with neck pain? You’re not alone. An estimated 80% of people suffer neck pain and stiffness at some point in their lives. Most of the time, acute neck pain dissipates on its own. But if your pain lingers for days, weeks, or months, a chronic condition or...

Symptoms of a Torn Meniscus Mar 11th, 2021

Your knee joints are cushioned by two pads of cartilage called menisci. Each meniscus is C-shaped and cups either side of your knee, protecting the bones from grinding as you bend your leg. Meniscus tears are some of the most common causes of knee pain. Sudden impact or injury can...

The Benefits of Sports Medicine Feb 3rd, 2021

Sports medicine is the specialty in health care that’s focused on physical fitness and overall wellness. Sports medicine doctors are trained in diagnosing, treating, and preventing musculoskeletal injuries in athletes of all levels, but the benefits of sports medicine care go far beyond the playing field. Could sports medicine improve...

Minimally Invasive Surgery for an ACL Tear: What to Expect Jan 7th, 2021

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a fibrous band of tissue in your knee that connects your thigh bone and shin bone. It’s essential for joint stability and motion. Unfortunately, ACL tears are some of the most common sports injuries — affecting several hundred thousand athletes every year. Abrupt changes...

The Best Treatment for a Rotator Cuff Tear Dec 1st, 2020

Your rotator cuff is a group of tendons that connect the muscles and bones in your arm to your torso. Whenever you use your shoulder — whether you’re reaching out or lifting up — you’re using your rotator cuff. As one of the most flexible joints in your body, your...

Signs You May Have Radiculopathy Nov 4th, 2020

Your spine contains 31 pairs of spinal nerves that connect your brain to the rest of your body. These nerves branch out from your spinal cord, starting in your neck and ending in your lower back. Each pair exits your spine in two places, one on the right and one...

How Lumbar Fusion Can Help When You Have Spondylolisthesis Oct 5th, 2020

Five vertebral bones make up your lower back — also called your lumbar spine. These bones stack together and form the base of your spine. They support your body weight, but they’re susceptible to damage from repetitive activity and injury. Spondylolisthesis is a back condition that develops when vertebrae slip...

Explore Your Nonsurgical Options for Back Pain Sep 1st, 2020

Back pain might be common among American adults, but it can be surprisingly difficult to treat. Common causes of chronic back pain range from herniated discs to spinal stenosis, and the pain affects each person in different ways.  There are lots of nonsurgical options to help you manage back pain,...

Signs of a Meniscus Tear Aug 16th, 2020

Cartilage is the tough, slick substance that cushions your joints and helps bones glide smoothly. The cartilage inside your knee that protects your upper and lower leg bones is called the meniscus, and a meniscus tear is an injury that affects it. An acute injury can damage the meniscus, causing...

Back Pain: When to See a Spine Specialist Jul 13th, 2020

Pain is a sign that something isn’t right, but it’s also complicated to identify and treat. It ranges from temporary pangs of discomfort to chronic pain that has the power to lower your quality of life. Back pain is a top cause of disability worldwide, yet many people hesitate to...

Top Treatments for a Herniated Disc Jun 23rd, 2020

Slipped disc. Ruptured disc. Bulging disc. Herniated disc. Whatever you call it, it’s one of the most common sources of neck and lower back pain. Herniated discs develop when the soft gel inside a vertebral disc leaks out. The damaged disc often creates pressure on nearby nerves or spinal ligaments,...

Cervical Disc Replacement: What to Expect Jun 4th, 2020

The cervical vertebrae are the most delicate part of your spine, located in your neck. When one of the discs cushioning your cervical vertebrae gets damaged or deteriorates, it may cause discomfort in your head and neck, or even radiate down your arms. When your quality of life is compromised...

Finding Relief From Shoulder Impingement Pain Apr 10th, 2020

Does your shoulder hurt? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone: Nearly two thirds of people will experience shoulder pain at some point in their lives. Your shoulder is one of the most flexible joints in your body, and it’s made up of a complex network of tendons, muscles,...

Treating a Meniscus Tear: When Is Knee Surgery the Best Solution? Mar 5th, 2020

A meniscus tear is an injury that affects the cartilage in your knee. Cartilage cushions the bones in your joints, and a tear can cause significant pain, swelling, and stiffness. When it first happens, you may be able to continue bearing weight and using your knee. But within a few...

Bulging Disc vs. a Herniated Disc: What’s the Difference? Feb 1st, 2020

Spinal discs are the roundish cushions of rubbery material between your vertebral bones. The natural aging process or acute injury can force these discs to shift or break, causing a disc to become a source of pain and limit your mobility. Bulging discs and herniated discs are two of the...

Returning to Sports After Back Surgery Jan 6th, 2020

Few things are scarier for athletes than the thought of injury. But for those with active lifestyles, getting injured is something that many athletes face at one time or another, regardless of age, gender, or sport. An injury means you’ll have to stop playing your favorite sport or participating in...

When Does a Rotator Cuff Injury Necessitate Surgery? Dec 10th, 2019

Take a moment to consider the extraordinarily wide range of motion your shoulder joints provide your arms. You can reach around and scratch your back or lift your arms overhead to wave hello. Powering much of this range, while also providing stability, is your rotator cuff. So when a problem...

What is an Endoscopic Discectomy and Why Would I Need One? Oct 31st, 2019

Your cervical spine and lower back have important jobs to do: one supports your head and neck, while the other provides stability for your spine and pelvis. When the discs between the bones of your spine are damaged, the bones can pinch nerves that run up and down on either...

How to Choose the Right Orthopedic Surgeon for You Oct 3rd, 2019

When your ability to walk or move relies on a surgeon’s skills, finding the right one can be intimidating. To make matters more challenging, it’s not always easy to weed through all of the information and advice to find the one who’s best for your needs.  At New York Spine...