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Minimally Invasive Back Surgery

Minimally Invasive Back Surgery Procedures at Texas Neuro-Spine Surgery

Minimally invasive back surgery is a procedure performed through tiny incisions. It offers many benefits, including less pain and a shorter recovery. Conditions treated by this type of surgery include herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, and other conditions that affect the spine. If you are experiencing back pain, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive back…

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The Difference Between a Neurologist and a Neurosurgeon

There are many different types of doctors who specialize in treating nervous system conditions. When it comes to neurological disorders, you want to make sure you’re seeing the right specialist for your needs. While neurologists and neurosurgeons are medical doctors specializing in treating these disorders, there are some key differences between the two professions.  So…

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Chiari Malformation

What is Chiari Malformation?

Neurosurgeons at Texas Neurosurgery are experts in the surgical treatment of Chiari malformation. The condition results when there is not enough room for the cerebellum in the skull, and as a result, the cerebellar tonsils can get forced into the spinal canal.  Texas Neurosurgeon can help diagnose and treat your condition. Surgery is most important…

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SI Fusion

What is SI Fusion

Unfortunately, 8% of all American adults experience persistent lower back pain. One of the root causes of this is damage to the sacroiliac joint (SI Joint). This low-motion joint is a shock absorber for the body’s lower torso between the hip bones – essentially the point where the spine connects to the pelvis.  The sacroiliac…

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Types of Degenerative Disc Disease

Types of Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a condition that affects the spinal discs. These discs are vital for protecting the spine and allowing movement. When they become damaged or diseased, it can cause pain, stiffness, and other back problems.  There are several different types of degenerative disc disease, each with its causes and symptoms. This guide…

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Golf and Lower Back Pain

Golf and Lower Back Pain

Did you know… There are 53 golf courses within 20 miles of Dallas? But it’s difficult to play on any of them if your lower back is constantly screaming at you to stop swinging or bending over. Even mild back pain will make golf miserable for most people. Golf is an excellent low-impact aerobic exercise.…

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Gleolan Treatment

Gleolan (5-ALA) Gleolan, also called ALA HCI or 5-ALA, is one of the most groundbreaking and modern methods available for brain tumor surgery. Gleolan is a visual imaging contrast agent that is used to help map out and define high-grade primary brain tumors like Glioblastoma for surgical removal. This exciting new method allows neurosurgeons to…

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Meditation for Pail Relief

Does Meditation Help with Pain?

Patients looking for pain relief may start with ibuprofen. However, bed rest is rarely recommended. Some may try stretching, yoga, physical therapy, and acupuncture. And they still struggle with pain. There may be one more option many overlook. What Is Mindfulness Meditation? Meditation gets a bad rap. Some people think it’s woo-woo. It’s not about…

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What Is Laminectomy?

Before explaining laminectomy, you’ll want to understand the spinal anatomy. Although it’s complex, the spine contains a sophisticated system of bones, muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons. Like the internet, the nerves of the spine provide the connections and flow everywhere from the brain down to the tips of the toes. They also branch out on…

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Why Do I Need a Spinal Fusion?

Here is a recent case that shows why spinal fusion is often needed along with laminectomy (decompression) surgery. It also illustrates the importance of having a thorough evaluation done by your doctor. What makes a thorough evaluation is having a complete history and proper X-rays. Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) Spinal Fusion Case Study This…

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What Is Scoliosis?

Have you ever visited the school nurse who asks you to bend forward and then checks your spine? That’s a simple test for scoliosis. The spine has natural curves, but they’re more pronounced and different-shaped for people with scoliosis. Because of this, this test can catch some cases of scoliosis early. In other words, people…

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How Does Smoking Affect Neck Pain?

If people with neck pain need another reason to quit smoking, here’s a big one. A study has connected smoking to degenerative disease in the cervical spine, which is in the neck. Smoking speeds up the degeneration and causes more damage. How Smoking Affects the Cervical Spine The cervical spine contains bones called vertebrae. Cervical…

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Does Weight Play a Role on Neck or Back Pain?

Back pain is the leading cause of disability according to American Chiropractic Association. It prevents people from working and doing everyday activities. It’s the most common reason employees give for missing work and accounts for 264 million lost workdays in a year. Facts about Back and Neck Pain Additionally, research from Institute for Health Metrics…

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Walking as Therapy for Your Back

You go about your Saturday doing chores around the house or working in the yard. Maybe you’re standing for long periods of time. Or you’re shopping and reach for something on a high shelf. Suddenly, back pain kicks in. Whatever happens, when you deal with mild to moderate back pain, you’ll naturally want to sit…

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What Is a Cervical Disc Replacement?

To better understand cervical disc replacement, you’ll want to know about the spine and the cervical region. The spinal column provides the body’s main support structure. It contains five regions with the first region refer to as the cervical region, which involves the neck. The cervical spine consists of seven vertebrae or bones. They stack…

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Tips for Gardening with Back Pain

Spring has sprung and the weather outside is delightful. The garden calls your name. But you’re reluctant to work on it in fear of back pain. The good news is you can enjoy gardening. Just follow these tips to minimize back pain and prevent injury. Warm up before digging in Going from 0 to 60…

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What Is Awake Craniotomy?

Sometimes the very best technology that we have is not the newest one. Awake craniotomies, also known as awake brain surgery, have been performed safely for decades and maybe even centuries if you count trephinations, which is a hole saw. Awake craniotomy is a simple and elegant procedure performed on the brain while the patient…

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Understanding Chronic Sciatica

Sciatica is one of those things where there’s no question whether someone has it or not. The pain or the shock-like feeling is so strong that it can’t be mistaken for anything else. One patient dealing with sciatica knew exactly what the pain or shock was. She remembered having it one time while pregnant. A…

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What Is Brain Metastasis?

Brain metastasis is a growth that appears in the brain from cancer that originates elsewhere in the body. A brain metastasis is not the same thing as a primary brain tumor because those begin in the brain. While any cancer can spread to the brain, the most common cancers that cause metastases are lung, breast,…

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What Is a Cervical Disc Herniation?

Before learning about cervical disc herniation, it helps to have a quick synopsis of the spinal anatomy. The spinal column represents the body’s main support structure. This contains five regions with the top region being cervical, which pertains to the neck. In the spine are bones known as vertebrae. Each region has multiple vertebrae. A…

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What Is Spondylolisthesis?

Let’s start by analyzing the word spondylolisthesis. Spondylo refers to the spine. Listhesis means slipping. Put them together and the word refers to a slip in the spine. Before going further, here’s a quick review of the spine’s anatomy. The bones in the spine are called vertebrae. They comprise the spine’s building blocks. Discs sit…

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How to Keep Your Spine Healthy and Happy

The spine’s anatomy may be complex, but it contains a sophisticated system of bones, nerves, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Think of the spine like the internet in which the nerves provide the connections. They flow everywhere from the tips of the toes up to the brain. The nerves also branch out on the sides of…

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What Is Lumbar Radiculopathy?

The anatomy of the spine is an amazing and complex thing. That’s because it contains bones, nerves, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It’s like the internet inside the spine as the nerves flow from the brain on down through the spine down and ends at the tips of the toes. They also branch out on the…

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What Is Cervical Radiculopathy?

To understand cervical radiculopathy, it helps to be familiar with the anatomy of the spine. The spine consists of bones, nerves, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It houses major nerves that run from the brain to the arms, legs, fingers, and toes. The vertebrae are the bones that make up the building blocks of the spine.…

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Causes of Neck or Back Pain: Spinal Stenosis

Before digging into spinal stenosis, here’s a quick overview of the back’s anatomy. The back is filled with many moving parts. The spine itself contains a variety of components to support a person’s standing, bending, and twisting. It also protects the spinal cord. Inside the spine are nerves that branch off the spinal cord. What…

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Cause of Back Pain: Spinal Osteoarthritis

The back and neck have so many components. And when either hurts, it takes a medical detective to figure out the source. One possibility of back pain or discomfort is osteoarthritis of the spine. It’s a quite common form of arthritis that affects the back. What Is Spinal Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative…

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What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?

Everyone’s body undergoes wear and tear as they age. The most common occurrence is in the joints including the joints in the spine. This wear and tear of the spinal discs is often the cause of lower back and neck pain as well as a host of other symptoms. This is called degenerative disc disease.…

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What’s Chronic Pain?

In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report indicating 50 million Americans have chronic pain. This comprises more than 20 percent of the adult population. Chronic is one of two types of pain: Chronic pain: Pain lasts longer than six months. In some cases, it can continue for years. Acute pain:…

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Brain Tumors and Treatment Options

A brain tumor, known as an intracranial tumor, is a mass or growth of abnormal cells in the brain. Not all brain tumors are cancerous. Still, any growth inside the rigid skull can lead to problems. When malignant or benign tumors grow, they can increase pressure inside the skull. This can cause brain damage and…

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