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The Symptoms Of A Torn Meniscus & How They Can Be Treated - Symptoms, Treatment & When Surgery Required

Meniscus tears are one of the most common cartilage injuries that can affect your knee. Causing pain, swelling, discomfort, and potentially preventing you from walking properly, they can be a serious short and long-term issue. But just what is the meniscus?…

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The Unique Challenges for Women Golfers – Here are 5 Ways to Avoid Injury and Play Better
Back Pain, Disc Replacement

The Unique Challenges for Women Golfers – Here are 5 Ways to Avoid Injury and Play Better

One factor that is consistent between both men and women golfers is that, back pain will often result when improper body mechanics and equipment is used for the sport. Dr. Scott Blumenthal, an orthopedic spine surgeon on the medical staff at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery, has treated a number of men and women for back pain caused by playing golf. He outlined some gender differences that should be taken into consideration.…

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Successful Joint Replacement Surgery - What You Should Know
Joint replacement

Successful Joint Replacement Surgery - What You Should Know

"Our process can start before a patient even sees the doctor. We offer a joint replacement assessment and complete guide to joint replacement surgery on our website. Often patients reach out to ask questions about joint replacement and request assistance with finding a joint replacement surgeon. If the surgeon determines the patient is a surgical candidate, we reach out to the patient to schedule their Pre-Assessment appointment and their personal educational class. We offer both in person and virtual classes for the patients convenience. We are in contact with the patient every step of the way. We visit with them the day of surgery, we visit them in their hospital room and once they are discharged, we continue to follow up with them on their progress and give encouragement throughout their recovery."…

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Common Causes Of Lower Back Pain

Common Causes Of Lower Back Pain

Studies have indicated that as much as 80% of the population can expect to suffer from back pain at some point during their life, with some of the most severe cases primarily affecting the lower back. If you are currently experiencing problems and are interested in finding out how to relieve lower back pain or what is causing it, this guide should prove to be useful. However, we recommend that you visit a local spine specialist if you are suffering from chronic or severe lower back pain, so you can discuss all the treatment options and choose one that meets your needs.…

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What Are The Main Causes Of Upper Back Pain

What Are The Main Causes Of Upper Back Pain

There are a number of conditions that cause upper back pain, some of which are more common than others. In this short guide, we are going to look at the main causes and what can be done to alleviate the pain in each case. A qualified and experienced doctor should be consulted to find out what causes upper back pain and how best to deal with it in each individual case but the information below may help you to decide which type of doctor you should approach first.…

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Everything You Need to Know About Disc Replacement Surgery
Disc Replacement

Everything You Need to Know About Disc Replacement Surgery

Artificial disc replacement (ADR) offers patients suffering from chronic, severe back and neck pain the opportunity to retain mobility and resume their lives with minimal pain or discomfort. This type of arthroplasty is an alternative to the traditional surgical procedures that require a lengthy recovery period, loss of mobility and the potential for additional surgeries.…

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Why Joints Hurt and What You Can Do About It!
Joint replacement, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement

Why Joints Hurt and What You Can Do About It!

If you are experiencing joint pain, it is important for you to discuss this with your doctor. A careful history and physical examination including X-rays of the affected joints are the main ways your doctor can help you make an accurate diagnosis. If the cause of your pain stems from osteoarthritis, treatment depends on how far the disease has progressed and how bad and how long your joints have been hurting.…

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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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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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