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What Chicago Cubs First Baseman Anthony Rizzo Can Teach Business Travelers about the Dangers of a Bad Mattress

Dr. Rey Bosita has a full-time job. He is a world-class spine surgeon at Texas Back Institute. He also has a part-time calling. He’s a Major League Baseball nut. His knowledge of the game’s trivia is legendary. He can quote obscure statistics, cite hitting tendencies that only veteran scouts would know and has an unending appreciation […]

Pro Golf Legend Jack Nicklaus Undergoing Experimental Stem Cell Treatment: Here’s What this Means to You

Retired professional golfer Jack Nicklaus is considered one of the best to ever play the game. His college and PGA careers are nothing short of legendary. As a student at Ohio State University, he won the U.S. Amateur title in 1959 and 1961, as well as the NCAA Championship in ’61. Golf professionals realized they […]

New Research: An Imaging Biomarker Could Change Treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease

There is promising news for millions of patients who suffer from lower back pain and disability caused by degenerative disc disease. Researchers in Hong Kong recently published their findings in the medical journal Spine. They found a novel imaging biomarker that seems to correlate to degenerative disc disease and lower back pain. While the researchers […]

The Amazing Journey from Quadriplegic to Active Senior: Due to the Quick Action and Skill of a TBI Spine Surgeon

Because of the accelerated pace of medical science, it is tempting to view what would have been seen as a miracle a few years ago, as commonplace now. Mrs. Deanna Ruckle of North Texas will not make that mistake. According to Dr. Rajesh Arakal, a spine surgeon at Texas Back Institute, “Mrs. Ruckle is a […]

How Technology is Changing Patient Education Resulting in Peace of Mind and Better Outcomes

Healthcare providers, such as Texas Back Institute, have discovered a new tool for helping patients get better faster, and it has nothing to do with a new drug or medical device. It is engagement technology, such as mobile devices and secured electronic health record apps, which allow patients to understand their condition and treatment and gain […]

High Frequency Spine Stimulation for Back Pain: Can This New Technology Help Reduce the Opioid Crisis?

It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that back pain affects one in three Americans, causing its economic impact to be greater than that of heart disease and cancer combined. However, this economic impact pales when compared to the human misery associated with this often, unrelenting pain. Because so many […]

Is There Life After Back Injuries for These Two Young Golfers?

One of the longest professional sports seasons has started again. The Professional Golf Association (PGA) is back in full swing, and several of the “young guns” in the PGA are trying to come back from debilitating injuries. Rory McIlroy and Jason Day experienced back injuries that ended their season last year, and this year they […]

A Texas Back Institute Neurosurgeon Explains how Neuroplasticity Allows the Brain to Heal Itself

The human brain has an enormous capacity for work. Ironically, it is currently impossible for humans to understand the extent of this capacity due to medical science’s limited understanding of how the brain operates. However, neuroscientists and neurosurgeons such as those at Texas Back Institute who work with brain-related conditions know that it is the command […]

How Surgeons Join Athletes in the “Zone”

In November 2016, Stephen Curry of the NBA Golden State Warriors entered a game against the New Orleans Pelicans – after scoring no points the previous night – and set a new single-game record for completing three-point shots. Curry drained 13 three-pointers in this game, and this was not the first time he had accomplished […]

Virtual Reality: Does it Work for Physical Therapy?

Like clockwork, every year the big ball drops in Times Square at midnight on New Year’s Eve. With the same regularity, millions of people who have added a few or more pounds during the holiday season resolve to lose this excess weight by starting a regular diet and exercise program. As a result, health clubs […]

Losing Those Holiday Pounds: 4 Ways You can win the Battle of the Bulge

Each year, when January rolls around, millions take a long look at themselves in the mirror and realize they have a problem with their weight. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the federal agency charged with monitoring and managing epidemics such as influenza and other health hazards, estimates that more than one-third of […]

Small Screens can Cause Big Problems. Here are 4 Ways to Prevent Text Neck.

Since the term “text neck” was coined by a Florida chiropractor and discussed by spine surgeons at Texas Back Institute several years ago, it has made it to the lexicon of parents and physicians. This condition is defined as an “overuse syndrome” involving the head, neck, and shoulders, usually resulting from excessive strain on the spine […]

The 12 Tips for Holiday Back Health

For the first tip this holiday, Dr. Guyer said to me,             “Be careful how you lift those things this year!”  With a second tip this holiday, Dr. Duffy had this to say,             “It’s technique that makes a golfer really SWING.”            And be careful how you lift those things this year! […]

Texas Back Institute: With 40 Years of Innovation, Here are 6 that Changed Spine Care Forever

The world has certainly changed a great deal in the past 40 years. Here’s a brief look back. In 1977, Jimmy Carter became President of the United States, and on his second day in office, he pardoned all evaders of the Vietnam War draft. The entertainment media was all aflutter in 1977 as the first […]

Are Stem Cells the “Holy Grail” for Relieving Back Pain? Texas Back Institute Doctors Lead a National Trial to Find Out.

A research team from Texas Back Institute will be working on a Federal Drug Administration (FDA) trial to investigate one of the most revolutionary medical treatments in history – the use of stem cells to rejuvenate spinal tissue. The clinic has been involved in numerous important trials including those for artificial disc replacement and scoliosis treatment. What […]

How This Young Dad Beat Back Pain and Became His Old Self Again

The recent celebration of Labor Day is an annual reminder that the United States economic growth is carried on the backs of the working men and women. Unfortunately, in a literal sense, these backs are often injured by the wear and tear of this work. Whether it is from the manual labor of factories and […]

Spine Nine: Exercises to Help Prevent Back Pain

Aside from the human misery it causes, back pain is extremely expensive. According to the Integrated Benefits Institute, a workforce health and productivity research and measurement organization, “Back pain not only takes a toll on the quality of employees’ lives, but it impacts their productivity at work as well. Nearly one in four employees report […]

Young Adults Take Notice: That Back Pain May be Ankylosing Spondylitis and It is Serious

On any given day, the waiting room of Texas Back Institute is filled with people who are experiencing back pain. In most cases, these patients are over 50 and have age-related causes for their pain, ranging from arthritis, wear and tear from work or other conditions that affect their spine. By and large, back pain is […]

The Spine Biomechanics Laboratory at Texas Back Institute: Cutting Edge Research on Spine Conditions

Since its founding in 1977, Texas Back Institute has been recognized around the world as a state-of-the-art clinic for spine and neurological treatments. Along with recruiting the best and the brightest spine surgeons and clinicians, the practice has been an important contributor in the development of medical innovations such as artificial disc replacement, treatment for […]

A Promising New Procedure for Treating Epilepsy

Even though more than 65 million people worldwide and 3 million Americans suffer from epilepsy, a neurological disorder of the brain that causes seizures, very few of them talk about the condition. This suggests the presence of a stigma, dating back to the dawn of modern medicine that is based on a misunderstanding of the […]

Kyphoplasty: A Minimally Invasive and Effective Procedure for Treating Spinal Compression Fractures

Despite dramatic advances in nutrition and physical fitness, osteoporosis, which is low bone density, has millions of older Americans justifiably concerned about the health consequences of accidental falls. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), an estimated 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, and an additional 34 million are estimated to have low bone mass, […]

It’s Never too Late to Get Strong and Healthy

During the past century, the dramatic increase in the average lifespan has been remarkable. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) notes, “Although most babies born in 1900 did not live past age 50, life expectancy at birth now exceeds 83 years in Japan—the current leader—and is at least 81 years in several other countries.” This […]

The Power Swing: Why it’s Causing Severe Back Injuries and Ending the Careers of Young Golfers

The world’s top-ranked professional golfer is Jason Day. He is just 29 years old, 12 years younger than his mentor Tiger Woods, and may be nearing the end of his career due to a golf swing that is taking its physical toll on his back. Woods’ history of back injuries has been extensively chronicled, and […]

Is Back Pain Causing You to Lose Sleep? Here’s How to Get the Rest You Need.

Greater than one-third of the population in the United States experiences short term or chronic back pain. While this pain can vary in its level of acuteness, when it’s bedtime, it can cause wakefulness and wreak havoc on a person’s energy level and overall health. Dr. Rey Bosita,  a spine surgeon at Texas Back Institute notes […]

Why Do Pregnant Women Experience Back Pain? The Two Reasons Might Surprise You.

There is not a more joyous time in the lives of a couple than when they are expecting a child. Words are inadequate to describe this experience.  This process of bringing a new life into the world is simultaneously invigorating and more than a little scary! During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes many changes in […]

Why Air Travel Can be Hazardous to Your Health

Anyone who spends a lot of time on an airplane has a clear understanding of the concept of misery. Except for those lucky travelers who are in “first class,” the other 200 or so people spend the duration of the flight cramped, with little leg room, closely seated next to other passengers who are often […]

What are the Cold Hard Facts About Cryotherapy for Pain Relief?

Can plunging one’s entire body into a freezing chamber reduce muscle pain? For the professional athletes and celebrities who have made cryotherapy so popular, the answer is yes. If the media coverage is any indication, extreme cold is very hot. Many athletes, movie stars and other opinion leaders have publicly extolled the benefits of Whole […]

Why Walking that Walk Can Make Your Back Ache

In 1983, the musical group Police had a hit record (for anyone younger than 30, music used to be played on little discs called “records”) which could be the theme song for the newest addition to the Texas Back Institute’s arsenal in the fight against back pain – The Gait Lab. Every breath you take […]

Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 12 – 15

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Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 12-15   Sunday May 27 Day 12 Today we only had one case. She was a 21-year-old female who at pre-opt had a 110° x-ray, but during surgery she measured 124° scoliosis. She is doing great and she looks great. Today is Dr. Belanger and my (Toni Belanger) […]

Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 6-12

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Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 6-12 Day 6 Today is actually day 11 that we have been doing surgery, but I have been overwhelmed with all the surgeries we have been doing and trying to take care of everyone that I have not had time to blog. Let me try to catch you […]

Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 4-6

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Day 4 Saturday Sorry I haven’t been able to post this yet but the wi-fi has been down since we arrived.  I am just keeping a running blog of our daily events. Hopefully I will be able to send it soon. Dr. Belanger was doing a L 1 – L2 VCR case in one room […]

Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 1-3

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Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 Day 1 Wednesday Dr. Theodore Belanger, Walt Evans, Ashton Wise, Dr. Jeff Angobaldo and I (Toni Belanger) arrived on Wednesday May 16that 12:30am after a 16-hour flight. Our driver, Abe whom we have used for the past 4 years greeted us at the airport. We arrived at the hotel and […]

Does Opioid Treatment Safely Eliminate Acute and Chronic Pain? New Research Suggests It Might Not!

The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain. ~ Aristotle By the time Greek philosopher Aristotle (384 B.C. – 322 B.C.) made this observation, physicians were already using opioids to treat pain. Hippocrates, an ancient Greek physician known as the “father of medicine”, had noted that opium “was an […]

New Research Points to More Effective Treatment of Facet Joint Pain Among Younger Patients

New research on a common condition among older patients – facet joint pain – has highlighted to the importance of understanding “events” that might cause this condition among younger patients. According to a study conducted at Johns Hopkins University and presented to the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), there is a correlation […]

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