Alex Simotas, MD

Hospital for Special Surgery
Board Certified Physiatrist
Specializing In Spine & Sports Medicine

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Advice On Bending & Lifting

The basic message:

  1. It is safe to bend with back pain.
  2. Lifting and carrying light objects is not injurious to the spine.
  3. The degree to which you can safely lift heavier objects depends on your general condition, strength, fitness and how much you are accustomed to normally lifting (your lifting fitness).
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Does Posture Matter?

GOOD POSTURE

  • Will allow you to assume the tallest stature possible.
  • An alignment that allows the most efficient function of your muscles.
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Ergonomic Chairs

Sitting has become the scapegoat for all back problems. Let’s be absolutely clear: Sitting itself is not harmful to your spine!… Read More

Harms Of Sitting

Sitting has become the scapegoat for all back problems. Let’s be absolutely clear: Sitting itself is not harmful to your spine!… Read More

Pillows & Your Neck

Trying to sleep with neck pain is difficult. Usually keeping your head and neck, and shoulders in a “neutral” position is best and most comfortable.… Read More

Sleeping Positions, Bedding & Pain

WHY IS SLEEP AN ISSUE WHEN YOU HAVE PAIN?
Getting adequate sleep is helps recovering from any painful condition, in particular, pain involving the back, neck or shoulder.… Read More

Tips On Worksite Adjustments

FOR NECK, SHOULDER, UPPER BACK TENSION, TIGHTNESS:

  • Make sure your head is not too forward while you type or view your monitor.
  • Consider adjusting your monitor height so your head and trunk relationship is more vertical.
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