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What is a Lumbar Herniated Disc?

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You have probably heard of or even experienced a herniated disc. It’s one of the most common spine conditions. In fact many people have small herniated discs and don’t know it. But, for some people, the experience of pain and numbness that radiates down their legs is caused by a herniated disc. What is a […]

Core Strength For Your Spine Health

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Did you know, if done incorrectly, sit ups could hurt your spine? Dr. Michael Duffy, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon at Texas Back Institute talks about sit ups, planks, side blanks, balance balls, and other dos and don’ts of core strengthening. “When it comes to sit-ups in general, it’s really important that you have a trainer or […]

Should Spine Surgeons Offer Telemedicine?

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Dr. Rajesh Arakal, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon at Texas Back Institute, talks about telemedicine and the frequently asked question, can/should spine surgeons provide telemedicine? Telemedicine has grown and evolved since the start of the pandemic. Spine surgeons are able utilize technology for the safety of their patients. Talking to a patient, acquiring the medical history, and […]

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. […]

Dr. Peter Derman Exercises with Family at Home During Pandemic

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Dr. Peter Derman, Minimally invasive Spine Surgeon at Texas Back Institute uses exercise with his family to help stay fit, healthy, and maintain good mental health and clarity during the pandemic. Dr. Derman suggests finding a good workout program online for your fitness ability, or work with your physical therapist to develop an at home […]

What is Telemedicine?

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What is Telemedicine? Dr. Sheena Bhuva Explains What Telemedicine is and how it can help patients near and far. During this pandemic many leading medical practices have been able to treat patients remotely through the use of telemedicine. Telemedicine and virtual doctor appointments are not brand new, and the elements of communication are not new, […]

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 – Day 14

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4, 3, 2, 1 August 22, 2019 Day 14   Wake-up, work-out, eat-up. That’s how our morning went again today! The only deviation was the delayed arrival of the coffee, much to everyone’s dismay. We practiced our adaptability today, like all the other days. When we arrived at the hospital at 7:30am, we had four […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 – Day 13

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Go Fish August 21, 2019 Day 13   This morning was running for some, sleeping for others, and breakfast for all. No over-sleepers like yesterday (*cough* Dr. Gorlick *cough*)! We loaded the bus shortly after 7:00am and headed to the hospital. Dr. Lieberman went immediately over to the medical school to give another short lecture […]

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 […]

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