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Spine Surgery, Back Pain, Neck Pain, Jessica Shellock, Orthopedics

10 Questions to Ask Your Spine Specialist Before Back or Neck Surgery

If you find yourself saying, “Oh my nagging back!” … or … “I can’t take this neck pain anymore!”—and more conservative forms of treatment are no longer working—you may want to find a spine specialist nearby to discuss your back or neck surgery options. In order to get the most out of your appointment, why not come prepared with a list of questions? We asked Jessica Shellock, M.D., a board certified orthopedic spine surgeon with the Center for Disc Replacement at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery, to share 10 essential questions to help you get started.…

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October 12th World Arthritis Day
Joint replacement, Knee Replacement, Arthritis, Joint Replacement Program

October 12th World Arthritis Day

October 12th is World Arthritis Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness of all forms of arthritis. 1 in 4 Americans suffer from some form of arthritis and osteoarthritis is the most common form. According to The Arthritis Foundation, “Arthritis is the #1 cause of disability in the United States, affecting more than 50 million people. The foundation is committed to finding a cure for the millions of people who suffer from arthritis pain, including 300,000 children.”…

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Medicine News, ENT, Michael Kubala

Why you would need to consult an ENT – with Dr Michael Kubala from Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery

Healthcare can be confusing and especially so if you are trying to decide how to handle taking care of a sick child or yourself. Do you go to the doctor or wait it out at home? Plano Moms recently sat down with Dr. Michael Kubala, an ENT in Plano and a Dad of two young boys to get some guidance for their readers. Here's a recap of their interview.…

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7 Tips for Women to Avoid Back Pain and fall in Love with Their Bodies Again
Dr. Rey Bosita, Women's Health, Back Pain, Neck Pain, Spine Surgery

7 Tips for Women to Avoid Back Pain and fall in Love with Their Bodies Again

Dr. Rey Bosita, an orthopedic spine surgeon and member of the Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery medical staff shares 7 tips to help women avoid back pain.…

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The 2 Important Factors for Quicker Recovery from Joint Replacement That You Might Not be Aware of
Joint replacement

The 2 Important Factors for Quicker Recovery from Joint Replacement That You Might Not be Aware of

Improvements in surgical techniques and joint prosthesis over the past decade have been nothing short of amazing. However, there are two other factors that contribute greatly to a quicker recovery: pain management and peace of mind.…

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Top 5 Tips for Preventing Ear Infections Over the Summer
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Top 5 Tips for Preventing Ear Infections Over the Summer

In Texas, when you think of summer, you think of heat and water activities as a great way to beat the heat and stay active! Swimming, boating, even backyard slip ‘N’ slides are great ways play outside and minimize screen time; but, as most parents have experienced at some point, nothing stops fun for kids like ear pain. We sat down with Dr. Michael Kubala an otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat doctor) and surgeon on staff at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery to talk about what all parents need to know to protect their kiddos from this common infection.…

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Working off the Covid-19 (pounds)

Working off the Covid-19 (pounds)

During this pandemic and the stay-at-home orders, it's common to have gained a few pounds. Dr. Charlotte Hodges, a bariatric surgeon on the medical staff at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery in Plano, offers these tips for those wanting to lose a few pounds.…

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From Hip Replacement to Alaskan Adventure: A Patient Story
Patient Journey, Joint Replacement, Dr. Hohman, Hip Replacement

From Hip Replacement to Alaskan Adventure: A Patient Story

For her 50th wedding anniversary, Candis Zechmeister is going to Alaska — and she’ll be enjoying the trip pain-free, thanks to Dr. Donald Hohman.…

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A Guide to Spinal Stenosis

A Guide to Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis refers to the narrowing of the spinal canal that can cause nerve issues. Common spinal stenosis symptoms include pain, numbness, and muscle weakness in your arms and legs, which can increase over time if left untreated. Spinal Stenosis Symptoms: Numbness, cramping or weakness in the arms or legs Tingling or “pins and needles” Loss of bowel or bladder control Causes of Spinal Stenosis To understand the condition, one must figure out what is spinal stenosis and what are the most significant reasons that can lead to the condition. Below are some of the causes that lead to this disorder: Bone Overgrowth/Osteoarthritis: This is the most common cause directly related to osteoarthritis. It usually occurs due to wear-and-tear damage in the spinal bones. Herniated Disk/ Slipped Disk: In this case, one of the discs of the cartilage gets damaged and allows some inner material to move outside and cause pressure on the spinal nerves. Injury: This is more common in gymnasts and weightlifters where a sudden trauma causes a slipped disc damaging the spine. It may also happen due to road accidents leading to dislocation or vertebrae fracture. Tumors: Abnormal growth in the membranes that cover the spinal cord and the gap between the spinal cord and vertebrae may also be a major cause behind spinal stenosis. Treatment for Spinal Stenosis Spinal stenosis treatment depends on the severity of the condition. The level of severity is determined by physical examinations, including X-rays, MRI or CT scans, or a myelogram that provides a clear picture of the current situation. Post these examinations, the doctors check for the level of pressure on the spinal cord and the effectiveness of nerves. Further, they proceed with the most appropriate treatment. In most cases, patients get relief with exercises and non-surgical treatments. The treatment procedure usually involves anti-inflammatory medicines or NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs), cortisone shots, and physical exercises. Some physical exercises or activities such as walking or static cycling, are very helpful in relieving pain and symptoms. If the exercises do not show any improvement, steroid injections may be recommended. If non-surgical treatments failed to provide spine surgery may be recommended. People seeking spinal stenosis treatment in Plano or nearby areas can contact Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery for a physician on the medical staff who specializes in the treatment of spinal stenosis. ********************************************************************* References: https://www.orthogate.org/articles/spine/what-is-foraminal-stenosis https://www.spine-health.com/glossary/foraminal-stenosis https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/ss/slideshow-spinal-stenosis https://www.healthline.com/health/spinal-stenosis…

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Living Well in North Texas

Living Well in North Texas

Read about Jenice William's fitness journey…

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