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Dr. Sheena Bhuva Discusses New Research on Physical Therapy for Back Pain: It Saves Time, Money and Reduces the Need for Opioids

With its international reputation for clinical excellence and cutting-edge spinal research, Plano-based Texas Back Institute draws the best and the brightest of spine specialists from all over the United States. In some cases, these gifted physicians come from “just up the road.” Such is the case with one of the newest members of the TBI […]

Are You Taking Too Much Ibuprofen for Your Constant Pain? The Answer is Most Likely “Yes”

Whether it is chronic or acute, pain affects the quality of life of millions of Americans every day. Pain varies in severity, based on its cause and other factors. It is felt when special nerves that detect tissue damage send signals to transmit information about the damage along the spinal cord to the brain. Literally, billions […]

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 […]

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 […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2016 Team One: Day 8

Day 8: July 11th, 2016 Over the weekend another team arrived to Uganda. This team includes Dr. Paul Holman (neurosurgeon), Dr. Alvina Lone (anesthesiologist),Dr. Johan Lone (internal medicine) and Jordan Talley (student). With the addition of the new team members, the group was refreshed with the new energy and excitement of many bright-eyed, bushy-tailed rookies. […]

The Three Words Bruce Frantz Thought He Would Never Hear Again: Take a Hike!

When Bruce Frantz and his wife Beverly retired in 2002, they were looking forward to spending time on their passion – hiking Yellowstone National Park. The natural majesty of this pristine environment has charmed people like the Frantz’s since humans first discovered it. Unfortunately, Bruce’s excruciating back pain kept him away from the park and […]

Meet the Former Cop Who Showed His Insurance Company Who’s in Charge

Jack Harris was used to living with pain. His were not just periodic tinges or annoying aches but constant, searing back pain. It started after physical wear and tear of being a Dallas Police officer forced him into early retirement from law enforcement and over the years developed into a full-blown, unrelenting agony, which never […]

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