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Our Laser Spine Surgery in Houston TX Can Get You Back to Work

There are over 100 millions adults in the United States dealing with the consequences of their chronic pain every day. Often, one of the consequences they face is missing out on work. Businesses are losing money every year because of these missed work days–to the tune of more than $500 billion a year. Workers aren’t spending leisurely days in bed, either. Many of them are struggling with finances, relationship issues, and depression that’s been brought on or exacerbated by the chronic pain. And ultimately, they’d love to be able to get back to work as soon as possible and start living their lives again.

Thankfully, many of those who are suffering from chronic back pain can be helped by our laser spine surgery in Houston, TX. While it might not be the solution for every patient we see, it has helped hundreds find relief from their pain and get back to work. Imagine being able to get up and go to work without having to deal with pain or take medication just to get through your workday. That could be within your reach, and it could happen sooner than you think when you call the Advanced Spine Institute and schedule a consultation.

When you call our clinic, we’ll schedule a consultation with one of our skilled and compassionate doctors. They’ll take time to get to know you, understand your particular back complaints, and find the solutions that work to help you find relief. That might be our laser spine surgery, or one of the other treatment methods offered in our Houston, TX clinic. The first step is giving us a call; do it today so we can begin to help you get back to work pain-free.

 

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What Are the Most Common Issues Treated By Our Back Doctor in Houston TX?

Back issues are common in the adult population; in fact, more than 80% of adults will experience back pain during their lives. But some back issues are more common than others. So what are the issues seen most often by our back doctor in Houston TX?

  • Sports injuries. Many athletes, amateur and professional, experience back pain due to injuries they’ve suffered out on the field or on the court. They might think these injuries have put an end to their game play, but our doctors are able to get them back out there again, nearly as good as new.

  • Degeneration due to age. Our spine suffers from a lot of wear and tear over the course of our lives. As you get older, the cushioning in your spine breaks down and can start to cause pain. Just because it is a natural thing doesn’t mean you have to live with the pain! Our doctors can replace those discs and alleviate the pain.

  • Weakened back due to sedentary lifestyle. Sitting in front of a computer all day? You are at risk for back injuries. Sitting all day inhibits the blood flow to your spine and can add stress to your back. We can offer advice on exercises that strengthen your back and get you up and moving throughout the day.

Are you suffering from one of these issues? Whether it is one of the above or something completely different, our doctors will diagnose your issue and make sure you are getting the treatment you need. Call us today for an appointment!

 

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Why Are More Patients Opting for Laser Spine Surgery in Houston TX?

Every year we’re seeing more and more patients in our office who want to learn more about using our laser spine surgery in Houston TX to help correct their back and neck problems. What is driving more people into our office every year?

  • We see patients quickly. Instead of waiting a month or more to get in to see our doctors, we’ll see you within 24 hour of making your appointment. We don’t want you to live with back pain any longer than you have to!

  • Our doctors are experienced and knowledgeable about back issues and how to correct them. Our doctors take time to fully examine you and diagnose your back issue so you can get the proper treatment that helps you feel better than ever.

  • We believe in giving you a fair value. You shouldn’t be paying too much for doctors that do too little. When you seek treatment at our Houston, TX facility you’ll pay a fair price for your treatment.

  • You’ll always receive innovative care from people who genuinely care about your health. We don’t use a one-method-treats-all approach to healing your back and neck. Instead, we create customized care plans for each patient.

Are you ready to live without pain? Give us a call today and make your appointment. Our doctors are available right now, and they are excited to show you what their treatment methods can do to help you feel better than you have in years. Don’t live with back pain any longer; it’s time to meet with our doctors.

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Our Back Doctor in Houston TX Explores the Link Between Pain and Depression

Are pain and depression linked? They might be, according to a study done by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The study focused on seniors aged 60 years and older, and looked at the methods that most effectively treated their pain and depression at the same time. About 1/3 of seniors suffer from back pain, and 1/5 exhibit signs of depression. Experiencing both at the same time enhance symptoms, as both cause patients to lose sleep, miss out on physical activities that could help, and isolate them from friends and family.

Depression can enhance the symptoms of pain, and being in pain can cause a deeper depression, so treating these symptoms at the same time can help patients find relief in both areas faster. Patients in the study took a mild antidepressant that also had a mild pain killing effect, and if they didn’t experience relief, some additionally participated in talk therapy. Many patients reported relief in both back pain and depression symptoms.

If you’ve been struggling with pain, we’re here to help. Make an appointment with our office today and come in to see us within 24 hours. Our back doctor in Houston TX is here to help you find relief for your pain symptoms so you can start enjoying your life again. We use a variety of surgical and non-surgical methods to treat our patients, and develop care plans that are tailored to each person individually. Don’t let pain get you down; call us today and make your appointment. We’re ready to help you live pain free again!

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Want to Avoid Back Pain Treatment in Houston TX? Try These Tips at Work

The majority of adults will experience back pain issues during their lives, and many of these back pain issues start at work. You don’t have to be lifting heavy objects to injure your back, either. Sitting at a desk all day can put your back in just as much danger as highly physical jobs–maybe even more. No matter what your job entails, though, put these tips to work and avoid back pain problems now and later in life:

  • Get up and move around. A sedentary lifestyle, which is becoming more and more common for many of us, is detrimental to your health and can lead to back issues. Get up and take a walk during your lunch break, or do squats in your cubicle. Make sure you are getting strength training as well as aerobic exercise throughout the week. This will help keep your back muscle strong and give you better support as you move around.

  • When you lift, lift correctly. Remember that when you lift heavy objects, you should lift with your knees and not with your back and keep the heavy object close to your body. Try to use lifting aids when possible to take some of the strain off of your body.

  • Posture matters. Your mom was right when she kept telling you to stand up straight. Good posture puts your body into the correct position and lessens the risk of injury. Make sure the chair at your desk allows you to put both feet on the floor and that is supports your lower back while you sit. Avoid slouching at your desk.

Little steps can make a big difference for the health of your back. But if you do end up requiring back pain treatment in Houston TX, we’ll be here for you. Call and make an appointment with our office today if you’ve been experiencing back pain on the job!

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How to Choose a Back Doctor in Houston TX

Are you looking for a back doctor in Houston TX? There is no shortage of doctors claiming they can help you find solutions to alleviate your back symptoms, but how do you know which one is right for you? You only have a limited amount of time and money, and you don’t want to waste either on a doctor who can’t really help you. Try using these tips to help you find the doctor that’s right for you:

  • If you have time, do your research. Some back issues require immediate attention, but if you can, don’t just pick the first doctor you find. Take some time to read about and explore your health care options.

  • Find an office that’s experienced. You don’t want the newest doctor in the city guessing what’s wrong with your back and trying to fix it. Find someone who has dealt with back issues before and treated them successfully.

  • Learn what previous patients have to say about the clinic. Read reviews online, and even get recommendations from your friends and family who have also dealt with back pain issues. Listening to what actual patients have to say will tell you more about the office than almost anything else.

  • Find out how long you’ll have to wait to see a doctor. Some offices have wait times that are several weeks or even several months. That doesn’t necessarily mean they are the best office…it just means they don’t have enough time for their patients.

The Advanced Spine Institute wants to help you with your back problems. If you are looking for a back doctor in Houston TX, we want to be it! Our experience, knowledge, and technology will help accurately diagnose and resolve your back pain problems. Plus, we see our patients within 24 hours of making an appointment! Call us today and make us your back doctor in Houston TX.

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Learn About Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is an relatively unknown problem among the general population. Back and neck pain along with arm pain, numbness, or poor circulation may cause you to seek out back pain treatment in Houston, Texas from a professional who can help. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome can only be diagnosed by a qualified medical professional.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a disorder that involves the nerves and blood vessels of the shoulder area. The location of the disorder is, more specifically, the anterior aspect of the shoulder where the brachial plexus bundle and subclavian vein meet the 1st rib.Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is common with injury, compression, or irritation of the underlying structures of the shoulder that cause pain, numbness, and/or decreased blood flow.

Unfortunately the underlying cause of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is not well known. Specialists typically see these patients due to chronic neck and upper back pain, or due to numbness in the affected arm. Some of the most common causes of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome are; injury to the area, an extra rib (also known as a cervical rib), or tissue/bony anatomy abnormalities. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome also affects those who participate in overhead activities on a regular basis; swimming, baseball, volleyball, softball, etc. Weightlifters who have overdeveloped chest musculature also exhibit signs of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is non-discriminate against age, gender, or activity level. Anyone can be affected by this disorder. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome can only be diagnosed by a proper medical professional through x-rays, vascular studies, and nerve conduction studies. Many times the symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome can be alleviated by doctor recommended physical therapy.

If you are suffering from back or neck pain, arm numbness, or decreased blood flow to your arms, you need to visit a physician. The expert physicians at Advance Spine Institute have diagnosed and treated thousands of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome cases.

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Facet Joint Syndrome: What You Should Know

Low back pain can stem from many different underlying disorders. Most people seek out back pain treatment in Houston, TX due to chronic, ongoing pain that affects everyday life. Many people have heard about a select few back disorders that can cause pain, stiffness, and immobility such as; herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or degenerative disc disease. Facet Joint Syndrome is a disorder that is much more prevalent than people realize.

Facet Joint Syndrome is a disorder that affects the facet joints of the spinal column. Some experts say that it is one of the top three most common causes of back pain. Facet Joint Syndrome occurs when the thin lining on the joints (cartilage) is broken down over time, by repetitive motion, or injury. Once the cartilage is gone the bones that make up the facet joint begin to rub against each other. This will cause inflammation, pain, and immobility. Thankfully, Facet Joint Syndrome rarely involves the nerve s of the spinal column so you will not feel the numbness and tingling down into your legs.

Most individuals who are affected by Facet Joint Syndrome seek our back pain treatment in Houston, Texas because they think they have a herniated disc or a fracture. A few of the signs of Facet Joint Syndrome are;  extreme tenderness over one or more locations on the spine, immobility, discomfort with flexion or extension, and  pain with rotation at the waist. The symptoms of Facet Joint Syndrome can be decreased with anti inflammatory medication and proper physical therapy.

If you are suffering from chronic or unpredictable back pain, it may be time to seek out a qualified medical professional. The physicians at Advanced Spine Institute will use the latest technology and their years of experience to diagnose and treat your back pain. Stop living in constant pain.

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Degenerative Disc Disease: What You Should Know

One of the most common causes of back pain is degenerative disc disease. Unfortunately it is also one of the most misunderstood disorders of the spine. Every single person will experience some degree of degenerative spinal changes as they age, it’s to be expected. Degenerative disc disease is an extreme form of spinal degeneration that causes chronic pain in at any level along the spinal column. Most individuals are well into the late stages of degenerative disc disease before they seek help from a back doctor in Houston, TX.

The discs that sit between vertebral bodies act as shock absorption between the bones. They are made up of a tough outer layer called the annulus fibrosis and a jelly-like interior called the nucleus pulposus. In a normal individual these discs lose height and flexibility with advancing age. In an individual with degenerative disc disease these discs begin to lose height and flexibility as early as their 30’s. These discs can no longer act as shock absorbers and then the pain will begin when bone begins to rub on bone. Experts do not understand the exact reasons as to why this occurs.

Individuals who suffer from degenerative disc disease will visit their back doctor in Houston, Texas due to chronic spinal pain. An array of different symptoms can affect those who have diminished disc height due to this disease. Commonly patients will complain of increased pain while sitting, pain that increases with spinal movements (bending and twisting) as well as intermittent bouts of severe pain. Some patients even have sciatic or brachial plexus involvement due to advanced degenerative disc disease.

If you or a loved one is suffering from chronic back pain, pick up the phone. The physicians at Advanced Spine Institute can diagnose and treat your back pain.

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Sciatica: What You Should Know

Many patients make appointments with their back doctor in Houston, Texas due to pain, numbness, and tingling into their lower extremities. Many times these individuals have no recollection of a significant event that pre-dates what they are experiencing. This pain is known as sciatica and it is an extremely common symptom of an underlying low back disorder.

Sciatica pain, numbness, and tingling is due to an injury, inflammation, or impingement of the sciatic nerve. This specific nerve runs through the spine, splits into both of the glutes, and then travels down the entire length of both legs. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body and can become irritated or injured very easily. Many athletic and active people suffer from sciatica at some point in their lives.

The majority of time sciatica pain is felt in the low back (right above the hips) and in the glutes. Bilateral sciatica pain is very rare. If left untreated, sciatica can cause weakness in the affected glute or leg. As mentioned above, sciatica pain is NOT the disorder but rather a symptoms of another medical condition. Sciatica can be constant and debilitating, or intermittent and annoying. Most of the time sciatica is a symptom of a herniated disc or degenerative disc disease. Many people who suffer from these disorders will suffer through many different bouts of sciatica pain.

Sciatica is an incredibly common problem. If you are suffering from sciatica pain, it is time to visit an expert at Advanced Spine Institute. As stated above, sciatica is simply a symptom of a different disorder that has yet to be diagnosed. Only a medical professional can diagnose the underlying medical condition through radiographic studies. Call today to make your appointment.

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