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 […]

Recognizing Thoracic Spine Myelopathy

We have recently covered the details of myelopathy, which is a spine condition that results from compression of the spinal cord. Myelopathy symptoms may cause weakness of the hands and/or legs, problems with walking, balance, and coordination. Additionally, loss of normal bowel, bladder, or sexual function may develop. The condition can also be painless unless […]

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 […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2017 – Day 9

Day 9: Let’s Get Cracking! Every morning is an early morning with a team breakfast. 6:30 am rolls around, and we all begin to trickle down from our rooms to eat and plan the day in more detail than we did the day before; two fusions were planned for the day on a woman by […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2017 – Day 7&8

The weekend: I Guess You Could Call This Days 7 & 8? Saturday morning. Bittersweet as we of Team 1 share our last breakfast together before everyone leaves Dr. Huang and I (Adam) behind to join Team 2 as they go to a conference in South Africa. We recall the events of the week and the […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2017 – Day 6

Day 6: That Case Was How Long? A typical morning, as usual. A workout for some, an even earlier morning for others, and sleep for the rest of us. We discuss the plan for the day over breakfast; a challenging and long fusion on a teenage girl named Jacinta, another fusion and decompression in the […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2017 – Day 5

Day 5: Where’d that Patient Go? As a premed student, there isn’t much I (Adam) can do in the operating room, but I’ve found other things to do. Taking notes on patients and keeping electronic copies of their records on a laptop, keeping track of possible surgical candidates, and probably the most important thing, keeping […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission2017 – Day 4

Day 4: Now Begins the Long Days One of the simple pleasures of this trip thus far has been having breakfast together every morning; Eggs, maybe French toast, sausage, tomatoes and tea. We laugh every morning and simply enjoy everyone’s company before we begin the work we came here to do. Wednesday. We’ve finally completed […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2017 – Day 3

Day 3: I’m Feeling the Pressure A typical morning; for some, a run. For others, more sleep. Close behind, group breakfast with warm food, and a fresh cup of coffee or tea. Shortly after, we jumped into the van with some bags and headed off. We arrived at the hospital, and split into two groups […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission Trip 2017 – Day 2

Day 2: Let’s Get Started! One thing about working as or working with a doctor is in the early mornings; there’s no such thing as sleeping in when there’s stuff to do. So, 5:00 AM rolled up, and some of us got up to head to a pilates class held by Dr. Lieberman, while some of […]

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