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From Hip Replacement to Alaskan Adventure: A Patient Story
Patient Journey

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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Avoiding Back Injuries While Exercising
Fitness Profile

Avoiding Back Injuries While Exercising

Dr. Peter Derman, spine surgeon on the medical staff, shares some expert insight on risk factors for back and spine injuries, how to prevent and treat them, and whether weightlifting is safe for kids.…

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Mom's Party

Mom's Party

Join us on Thursday, September 5, 2019 for the Dallas Child Magazine Mom's event sponsored by the Pediatric Sleep Institute (a department of Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery). Enjoy a night of pampering, shopping, lite bites and a discussion on sleep issues in children. Go to https://dfwchild.com/events/mom-party-2019/ to purchase tickets.…

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The Importance of Taking a Holistic Approach to Medicine
Physician Profile

The Importance of Taking a Holistic Approach to Medicine

When Dr. Shridharan started practicing medicine in America, she recognized a stark difference between the way Americans focus on health and what she had grown accustomed to in India. This difference is what empowers her to help her patients to take a more holistic approach to their wellbeing.…

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Hospital Surgeon Performs Texas' First Custom Hip Replacement Surgery
Patient Journey

Hospital Surgeon Performs Texas' First Custom Hip Replacement Surgery

Wanda Shelling used to live with debilitating hip pain, but after opting for a custom hip replacement, she says “every day is like a birthday”…

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Almond Flour Blueberry Muffins: a Healthy Breakfast Treat
Healthy Eating

Almond Flour Blueberry Muffins: a Healthy Breakfast Treat

Sometimes muffins can feel more like cupcakes than a healthy breakfast treat. By incorporating almond flour and a few natural sweeteners, these muffins only feel indulgent.…

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Finding Time to Live Well in North Texas
Physician Profile

Finding Time to Live Well in North Texas

Drs. Dena and Don Hohman are just like any other family trying to find a work/life balance and where fitness fits into that equation. But no matter how hectic their schedule, they still find time to maintain a healthy lifestyle.…

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Walking While Working — No Sweat
Fitness Profile

Walking While Working — No Sweat

Finding time to stay in shape can be difficult. Throw in a demanding job, and the task oftentimes seems impossible. But after reading about a new fitness trend, Rebecca Armstrong found a way to meet deadlines without sacrificing her health.…

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