Revolutionizing Spine Care…Changing Lives


July 16, 2021 | Texas Back Institute

The Tour de France Has Us Thinking About Cycling

The annual Tour de France is nearing what the French cycling fans might call its denouement. Cycling biggest event started on July 1st  and continues through July 25th  covering 3,663 kilometers. It’s been a tough ride for many of these athletes. With a number of injuries, one wonders about the physical…

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September 2, 2020 | Phillip Slaughter

Safety in Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic at Texas Back Institute

Is spine surgery safe during the pandemic? Dr. Peter Derman and Dr. Rey Bosita talk about the precautions taken in the operating room during the pandemic. Many people have asked if surgery is safe during the pandemic. Every patient undergoing surgery is required to have a COVID test an asked…

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April 13, 2020 | Texas Back Institute

Sleep Tips for Avoiding Neck and Back Pain

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,…

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September 13, 2019 | Texas Back Institute

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

  The past two months have been the most humbling and exhilarating experiences of my life. As you may have seen in several media stories, hundreds of social media posts and two posts in this blog space, I was honored to be given the opportunity to perform spine surgery on…

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May 28, 2019 | Texas Back Institute

Why Walking that Walk Can Make Your Back Ache

Every breath you take and every move you make Every bond you break, every step you take, I’ll be watching you. ~ Sting (album “Synchronicity”) In 1983, the musical group Policecemented these lyrics into popular culture. These lyrics should be the theme song for the newest addition to Texas Back…

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April 17, 2019 | Texas Back Institute

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…

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April 17, 2019 | Texas Back Institute

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…

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April 17, 2019 | Texas Back Institute

Why Air Travel Can be Hazardous to Your Health

Anyone who spends a lot of time on an airplane has a clear understanding of the concept of misery. Except for those lucky travelers who are in “first class,” the other 200 or so people spend the duration of the flight cramped, with little leg room, closely seated next to…

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April 4, 2019 | Texas Back Institute

Can High-Impact Exercise and Weight Training Counteract the Effects of Osteoporosis?

In order to maintain bone density, post-menopausal women with the pre-osteoporosis condition known as osteopenia have a new challenge: making time for regularly scheduled, vigorous exercise. A new study recommends this group participate in high-impact exercises, including weight training, at least twice a week. The researchers who conducted the study found…

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March 25, 2019 | Texas Back Institute

Why Golfer Jason Day Had to Leave the Course in Pain and What’s Causing all of These Back Injuries

Jason Day, ranked #2 in the world and one of professional golf’s most gifted players, looked like anything but that as he hobbled off the course on March 23, 2016. He had “tweaked” his back on the 15th hole of the World Golf Championship – Dell Match Play and was in…

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