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If you are living with chronic, debilitating back pain, you probably want to know if spine surgery can relieve your discomfort and restore your quality of life. Although our experts at Long Island Spine Specialists will personally guide you through making this decision, here are some things to keep in mind when considering spine surgery.


Most back problems can be resolved without surgery. In fact, if your pain is not caused by spinal damage or pressure on the spinal cord, there’s a good chance that going under the knife won’t benefit you at all. Rather, injections, rest, physical therapy, medications, and other conservative measures may be more effective.


Spine surgery can only correct anatomical deformities, tumors, compressed nerves, and certain cases of instability. If these issues are not present, there is a good chance that spine surgery will not help with your condition.


Although spine surgery isn’t right for every patient, there are many instances in which it is the ideal solution.
In general, our specialists will recommend surgery to treat the following conditions and symptoms:

  • Scoliosis
  • Disk degeneration
  • A spinal cord tumor
  • Spinal stenosis that causes weakness and back pain
  • Leg and arm numbness or weakness
  • Pressure around the spinal cord
  • Spinal instability
  • Bone spurs that place pressure on the spinal cord


Before undergoing spine surgery, we usually recommend exhausting your conservative options first – including physical therapy, steroid injections, and other approaches.

However, you may want to visit a spine surgeon sooner if you’re experiencing:

Unrelenting Back Pain

If your back pain is not relieved with pain medications or non-surgical treatments, and your discomfort has persisted for several weeks or months, it’s time to visit a spine surgeon.

Inability to Function

If your back pain renders you unable to perform daily activities, drive your car, and go to work, you should visit a spine surgeon sooner rather than later and begin reviewing your options.


Back surgery isn’t something our specialists rush into. Often, we will monitor your condition for several weeks or months to see if your body can heal on its own or if your condition will respond to conservative measures.

However, once surgery is recommended, you do not want to delay treatment. Ongoing spinal cord compression due to a progressively worsening condition can result in substantial, and potentially irreversible, nerve damage.


At Long Island Spine Specialists, we are here to walk you through the decision-making process and help you determine if back surgery is in your best interest. We will always offer honest, objective guidance based on your unique condition and circumstances — and we will only recommend surgery if we are confident that you will benefit from the procedure.

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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