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The Many Ways Your State of Mind Can Affect Your Success with Spine Surgery

Can a patient’s optimism result in better surgical outcomes? And conversely, is it more likely a patient who is demoralized will have more post-operative challenges? Dr. Andrew Block, a psychologist at Texas Back Institute, is certain that the answer to both of these questions is yes. This is not based on casual speculation. Dr. Block […]

Do You Have Clean Pain or Dirty Pain?

To find out, read on. For something so common, pain is amazingly complicated. The International Association for the Study of Pain’s widely used definition states: “Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.” This unpleasant experience can also motivate a person […]

Fantasy Football and the Dream Team at Texas Back Institute

For anyone who is an avid sports fan, this is a great time of year. The baseball pennant races are full-bore, the college football season has kicked off and the 94th season of the National Football League (NFL) begins on Thursday night, September 5, 2013. Six months later, on February 2, 2014, the NFL season […]

The Psychology of Spine Surgery

Dr. Andrew Block, a clinical psychologist at Texas Back Institute shares his commentary on the psychology of spine surgery.  This was recently featured in Spinal News International. Spine surgery is under attack in the popular media. For example, a recent issue of Consumer Reports identified spine surgery as number 1 in their list of “overused […]

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