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Sciatica: What You Should Know About its Causes and Treatment

Not all back pain is alike. Even though it may seem to be occurring in the same area of the body, understanding the type of back pain is more important for its treatment than knowing where it seems to emanate. Such is the case with pain that will often start in the lower back and […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Day 4

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Day 4: Murphy Strikes Breakfast was like the calm before the storm; no one truly knew what was going to happen, but we knew it would be a busy day. We had planned one instrumentation and fusion and one posterior lumbar instrumentation and fusion for the morning, and occiput (bone at the bottom of your […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Day 3

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Day 3: Clinic Queues Another morning, another breakfast, another bus ride to the clinic, however, instead of our usual bus, we had a much more entertaining situation. The previous night, our normal bus driver wasn’t there, so someone else drove us to the hotel. The problem was, the bus we were taking was significantly smaller […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Day 2

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Day 2: Exactly how much did we pack? The morning was pretty typical to trips in the past; some got up early and worked out, some took care of emails and everything, and others slept in until the last possible minute before the standard team breakfast, where we’d discuss the tentative plan for the day. […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Day 1

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Day 1: Oh, the places you’ll go After many hours of international air travel, landing us in Doha, Qatar for a night, a majority of team 1 was able to reunite. Attending team 1 was Dr. Isador Lieberman, Dr. Michael Hisey, Dr. Jaime Villerreal, spinal fellow, all from Texas Back Institute, along with Dr. Susan […]

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 […]

Kyphoplasty: A Minimally Invasive and Effective Procedure for Treating Spinal Compression Fractures

Despite dramatic advances in nutrition and physical fitness, osteoporosis, which is low bone density, has millions of older Americans justifiably concerned about the health consequences of accidental falls. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), an estimated 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, and an additional 34 million are estimated to have low bone mass, […]

A Modern Day Good Samaritan Survives a Brutal Accident and Returns to the Field in Triumph

Dallas has had more than its fair share of notorious professional athletes. Stories of late night mayhem featuring high profile sports figures are all too common, to the point where fans have joked about having difficulty telling the difference between the sports page and the police blotter. Ryan Hollingshead, who plays professional soccer for the […]

How the New Guidelines for Treating Lower Back Pain Will Affect You

The ancient Chinese and Indian healthcare providers who were masters of acupuncture, yoga and Tai chai must surely be smiling in their afterlife. In a report released during the second week of February 2017, the American College of Physicians released new guidelines for dealing with the most common maladies affecting modern mankind – lower back […]

A Texas Back Institute Holiday Story: How to Save Your Back for the Holidays!

T’was a few days before Christmas and all through clinic, TBI’s waiting room was packed with lots of patients in it. It looked like bad weather would surely arrive. The weatherman said it might be difficult to drive.   Then all of a sudden, the office turned dark. The lights had stopped working, no electricity, […]

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