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Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 6-11

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Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 6-11   Monday, May 21, 2018 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 […]

Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 4-6

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Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 4-6 Saturday, May 19, 2018 Day 4 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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