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Complex spine disorders involve a range of problems – including infections, tumors, and spine instability. On this page, we have highlighted the most common ailments that affect our patients.


Spinal infections are extremely rare. They can develop in the vertebral bones, vertebral discs, and/or in the areas between the spinal cord and the surrounding bones.


Spinal instability involves the abnormal movement between two vertebrae. This condition often develops due to disc degeneration.

Signs + Symptoms

  • Back pain that begins slowly and gradually intensifies
  • Weakness, tingling, or numbness in the arms or legs
  • Fever and chills
  • Headache

Signs + Symptoms

  • Significant back pain
  • Back spasms
  • Decreased walking tolerance
  • Locking up of the back
  • Sciatica

Our treatment approach

For most patients, we can treat the infection with antibiotics, bracing, and rest. However, severe cases may require surgery to successfully clear the infection and prevent complications.

Conservative and progressive

Our approach to treating spinal instability typically begins with conservative measures – a blend of physical therapy to strengthen your muscles, pain medication to relieve discomfort, and activity modifications. We will also refer you to one of our pain management specialists to possibly receive an epidural steroid injection. If these measures are ineffective and your symptoms persist, surgery may be necessary to completely resolve the problem.

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Most spinal cord tumors are secondary masses, which means the cancer originated elsewhere in the body. When the tumor in the spine is a primary mass, it is usually benign.

Our treatment approach

Surgery is typically required to treat a spine tumor if it is causing instability of the spine or compression on nerves that is causing weakness, difficulty walking, or bowel and bladder problems. With some spine tumors, the surgery will need to be followed by radiation or chemotherapy.

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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