The Tour de France Has Us Thinking About Cycling

The annual Tour de France is nearing what the French cycling fans might call its denouement. Cycling biggest event started on July 1st  and continues through July 25th  covering 3,663 kilometers. It’s been a tough ride for many of these athletes. With a number of injuries, one wonders about the physical challenges of this sport. We […]

From Forced Retirement To Working On The Ranch

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Federal agent, forced to retire, Keith Fletcher is back working on his ranch after spine surgery with Dr. Blake Staub. Keith battled a life long struggle with Scoliosis. In his 50s Keith started to experience more pain from his spine condition which progressed into a debilitating back pain forcing him to retire. He was a […]

What is Artificial Disc Replacement?

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What is Artificial Disc Replacement? Dr. Jessica Shellock, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon at Texas Back Institute explains what Disc Replacement is and how it works. Disc replacement is a motion preserving surgery. Artificial Disc Replacement or Total Disc Replacement is an alternative to spinal fusion surgery. In a spine fusion, the motion at the surgical site […]

When Should I get an ESI – Epidural Steroid Injection?

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Dr. Sheena Bhuva, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation specialist at Texas Back Institute talks about ESI (Epidural Steroid Injections) and when to have one as part of your spine treatment. Dr. Bhuva describes the treatment for radicular pain or sciatica, which is pain, numbness and tingling running down the arms or legs from a spinal nerve. […]

Radiculopathy or Radicular Syndrome Explained by Dr. Nayan Patel

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Dr. Nayan Patel, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist at Texas Back Institute discusses the radiculopathy or radicular syndrome. Radicular syndrome results in pain and other symptoms such as numbness, tingling and weakness in the arms or legs. It is caused by compressed or irritated nerve roots. The nerve roots are branches of the spinal cord […]

Sleep Tips for Avoiding Neck and Back Pain

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Written by Peter B. Derman, MD, MBA The average person spends about a third of their lifetime in bed. For those suffering from neck and back pain, optimizing sleep characteristics may be a way to alleviate symptoms. There is an abundance of information available recommending various sleep positions or products, but much of this is […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 – Days 9 & 10

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R&R August 17-18, 2019 Day 9 and 10   This weekend was MUCH needed. After lots of late nights and a heavy case load last week, we were all slowing down. Three members of Team 1 left us on Saturday morning—Dr. Kayanja, Teisha, and Ashlee—and the rest of us that were staying for week two […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Misison 2019 – Day 8

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Wishful Thinking August 16, 2019 Day 8   Everyone needed an extra cup of coffee or tea (or both) this morning to get over our surgery-hangover from the night before. Unfortunately, little did we know, we probably should’ve had another one. Today was another doosey. We started the day as normal—Dr. Kayanja and Dr. Schaffer […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 – Day 7

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race? August 15, 2019 Day 7   We are all starting to feel the long days and late nights catching up to us. Each day people wake up a tiny bit later, get ready a tiny bit quicker, eat a tiny bit faster. All to be out the door at […]

Protect Your Spine During Swimming and Diving This Summer

In the warm weather months, more than just fish are jumping. People are diving and swimming in the ocean, lakes, and pools and, when proper safety practices are not used, accidents can happen. Injuries to the neck and back occur with great regularity every summer and the spine specialists at Texas Back Institute are all […]

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