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Quitting Smoking Can Ease Back Pain, Aid in Healing

If you have plans to quit smoking in the new year, doctors have an added incentive: It could ease back pain.

Drop the pack, improve your back — that’s the message from the North American Spine Society.

According to the recent report, smoking can cause severe back pain, which can be fixed by back surgery. However, most surgeons will tell you you need to quit smoking for good surgery results.

So now, a new no-smoking campaign has just been launched to help us understand more about this contradiction. It’s getting a lot of support from the team at Mayfield Brain & Spine.

“This is about purely about biology of healing and the need to minimize every possible risk to a good outcome,” said Dr. William Tobler.

When researchers looked at spine procedures and healing in those who smoke, specifically in spine fusion, they found the carbon monoxide gases associated with smoking as well as nicotine could cause poor healing, increased risk of infection and increased risk of the bone not healing properly.

Dr. Tobler says even if you quit before surgery, it can be a problem if you start smoking again after surgery and during healing.

“Any time you resume smoking in the post-operative period, even three or four or six months later, it has detrimental effects, especially with regard to fusion, which is a process of healing that goes on for two, three or even more years,” said Dr. Tobler.

If you do want to quit, tell your healthcare provider. Those who have the most success get medical intervention, have a good support system and they set a quit date.

SOURCE: https://local12.com/health/medical-edge-reports/new-report-says-quitting-smoking-can-ease-back-pain-aid-in-healing


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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