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One of the most preventable causes of spinal cord injuries is diving. Generally a single person decides to take a single dive that results in a life-altering injury. These accidents are more common than most people realize and the outcome is often a severe cervical injury resulting in tetraplegia (quadriplegia). Diving injuries take place in swimming pools, lakes, rivers, creeks, swimming holes and just about any water environment you can think of.

Diving is the fourth leading cause of spinal cord injury for men and the fifth for women, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center. Considering that injuries occur mostly during the summer months, we can assume that the numbers would be much higher if it were warm enough to swim all year long.

Know that any single dive can change your life and the lives of your loved ones forever.  Patients, who are often in the prime of their life, are commonly paralyzed, must use a wheelchair for the rest of their lives, and often have to rely on others for help with the most basic tasks such as eating, bathing, dressing and going to the bathroom. The potential reward from diving is always outweighed by the risk.

How to avoid a diving injury:

  • ALWAYS enter the water feet first
  • Never dive into the shallow end of a pool
  • Know that there are often hidden objects in lakes, rivers, etc.
  • Avoid alcohol when you’re swimming (many times alcohol makes you feel vulnerable to risks or dares)
  • Don’t show off and try to impress, realize that when you dive, your body is a torpedo cutting through the water and that water may not protect you from a severe impact
  • Just because you used to dive somewhere does not make it safe. You may have grown and underwater surfaces may have shifted.
  • Some injuries are caused by hitting the far side of a pool or swimming hole. Depth is not the only thing to be concerned about.
  • The most important thing to remember, Diving can be a fun sport when in an environment that is controlled and you have been trained, such as Olympic athletes, but many times severe injuries happen due to poor decision making.  So be smart and enjoy water sports and activities this summer by following the proper safety rules.

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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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