Let the Patient Beware

Direct-to-Consumer Medical Advertising “Let the Patient Beware” Laurence Mermelstein, M.D.   Watching the Olympics turns most of us into gymnastic fans for one week during the summer every four years.  We all remember the American All-Around champions of the past, Carly Patterson and Mary Lou Retton.   But Mary Lou has garnered significant attention the last few years as more than just an Olympic gold medalist – she has become a national spokesperson for the Biomet corporation after under going a total hip replacement in 2005.   Mary Lou was a 37 year old active mother of 4 who had been suffering for 7 years with…

3 Things That Can Hurt Your Back That You Might Do Every Day

Quick tip #1 – Strenuous housework Cleaning high windows or tub corners can be murder on your back. “Bending, reaching, and twisting all at once is the worst thing you can do,” says Ann Brinkley, DC, a holistic chiropractor in San Francisco; it can actually herniate a disk. Cheap fix: Think of chores as a sport. “Spend a few minutes warming up beforehand to protect against injury,” suggests Gerald Silverman, DC, a chiropractor in New York City. Then, use proper form. To lift heavy objects, bend at the knees rather than at…

Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer presents Proclamation

Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer presents Proclamation in recognition of their extraordinary generosity and selfless act of kindness which forever changed the life of a young woman.   Left to Right (Justin Silverstein, Diane Curley ,Dr Laurence Mermelstein, Legislator William Spencer, Dr Hargovind Dewal, Director Mae Caime, Kristopher Stillwell RPA-C)

Tizita Channel 4- Ethiopian Girl Stands Tall

Surgery to correct 18-year-old Tizita Tesfay’s severe scoliosis took about eight hours, but her journey was more than a year in the making. Thanks to Long Island Spine Specialists PC and our partners at Good Samaritan Hospital, anesthesia services, Medtronic device company, SMS Neurophysiology services, Dr Dobryanski (plastic surgery), and many others!!!  

News 12 Press Conference for Tizita

This is the News 12 clip of the press conference we gave regarding our care of Tizita, an 18 yo Ethiopian girl with severe scoliosis. With help from our partners at Good Samaritan Hospital, anesthesia services, Medtronic device company, SMS Neurophysiology services, Dr Dobryanski (plastic surgery), and many others!!!

3 Signs That Your BackPack is TOO heavy

3 Signs That Your BackPack is TOO heavy #1 Tips for Backpack related injuries Long Island Spine says wear Both Straps!! Use of one strap shifts the weight to one side, causing muscle spasms and low back pain. This is true even with one-strap backpacks that cross the body. By wearing two shoulder straps, the weight of the backpack is better distributed, and a well-aligned symmetrical posture is promoted. -Warning Signs a Backpack is Too Heavy Change In posture when wearing the backpack. Could be the start of scoliosis. #2 Tips for Backpack related injuries -Wear The Backpack Over The Strongest Mid-Back Muscles- The size of the backpack should…