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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 […]

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 […]

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