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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 […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 – Day 7

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race? August 15, 2019 Day 7   We are all starting to feel the long days and late nights catching up to us. Each day people wake up a tiny bit later, get ready a tiny bit quicker, eat a tiny bit faster. All to be out the door at […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019- Day 5

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It’s Go Time! August 13, 2019 Day 5   We started the day today with another 6:00am wakeup call, at breakfast by 6:30am. I would say we definitely loaded up for our first day of surgery; French toast, bread, marble cake, potatoes, eggs, we ate it all. We loaded up on the bus at 7:30am […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 – Day 3

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Team No Sleep August 11, 2019 Day 3  We arrived at the hotel this morning at 7am and hit the ground running (or maybe it was more like jogging, due to the iffy sleep quality these past few days). We started with a big breakfast to last us all day at the hospital if needed, […]

Protect Your Spine During Swimming and Diving This Summer

In the warm weather months, more than just fish are jumping. People are diving and swimming in the ocean, lakes, and pools and, when proper safety practices are not used, accidents can happen. Injuries to the neck and back occur with great regularity every summer and the spine specialists at Texas Back Institute are all […]

Is There a Link Between Heart Disease and Back Pain?

Happy New Year! What are your New Year’s resolutions? Do they include quitting smoking or obtaining better control of your diabetes and cholesterol? While most of us know that smoking, diabetes and high cholesterol puts you at an increased risk for a heart attack or stroke, did you know they can also affect your spine […]

Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 1-3

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Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 Day 1 Wednesday Dr. Theodore Belanger, Walt Evans, Ashton Wise, Dr. Jeff Angobaldo and I (Toni Belanger) arrived on Wednesday May 16that 12:30am after a 16-hour flight. Our driver, Abe whom we have used for the past 4 years greeted us at the airport. We arrived at the hotel and […]

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