Below you will find interesting, informative, and timely spine health reads from knowledgable authors and sources around the world.

What is Spinal Stenosis?

In this blog post, Dr. William Brooks educates patients on spinal stenosis: what it is, its cause, how it is treated—as well as comparisons between cervical and lumbar spinal stenosis.

11th Jun, 2024


What are the Stages of Degenerative Disc Disease—and Which ‘Stage’ are You in?

Degenerative disc disease is often described as a ‘cascade’, as symptoms gradually worsen over time. Dr. William Dasher breaks down the stages of this condition so patients can better understand how these stages differ, and potentially what stage you may be in.

13th May, 2024


What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?

Have you heard the term "Degenerative Disc Disease" but don't know what that means? Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Dr. Ryan Schnetzer simplifies this sometimes confusing topic.

24th Jan, 2024


Fuel Your Spine

Maintaining good overall health and eating balanced, nutritionally-dense foods is an ideal way to help protect your spine’s overall health—read more to learn what you can do today.

3rd Nov, 2023


All About Lower Back Pain Treatment

If you’ve ever felt a bolt of pain travel through your spine or experienced a dull, constant ache in your lower back, you’re not alone. Learn more about the different types, causes, symptoms, and treatment of lower back pain.

13th Sep, 2023


7 Key Benefits of Physical Therapy After Back Surgery

Once you have back surgery, physical therapy is a critical step in your recovery, as Neurosurgeon Kamal Woods, MD explains.

3rd Aug, 2023


All About Neck Treatments

Whether you’re thinking about neck surgery or are looking for non-invasive possibilities, Dr. Jad Khalil has information about treatment options that can help.

17th May, 2023


Top 5 Questions About Having Surgery in an Outpatient Surgery Center or an ASC

You may have heard of an Outpatient Surgery Center or an ASC, but you may not know what they are. Dr. Vivek Mohan answers the 5 most frequently asked questions about these patient care centers.

15th Mar, 2023


5 Keys to Keep Your Spine Happy

If your spine's health is compromised, you may have chronic pain, joint stiffness, decreased mobility and many other health problems—read on for 5 things you can do to keep your spine happy.

30th Jan, 2023


How To Prepare For Back Surgery

Despite the potential benefits of back surgery, the process is still intimidating—knowing how to prepare for back surgery and understanding the recovery process can make the experience more manageable and successful.

30th Nov, 2022


What You Need To Know About Spine Surgery

If your doctor recently recommended surgery, you may find yourself comparing the pros and cons. Dr. Jacob Rumley discusses what you need to know about spine surgery before making your decision, from treatment options to the benefits.

20th Oct, 2022


Top 5 Questions I Am Asked As A Lumbar Total Disc Replacement Patient

Physician Assistant Cheri Phillips answers frequently asked questions about her Total Disc Replacement surgery with prodisc L.

30th Aug, 2022


Recovery After Cervical Total Disc Replacement: Covered

This video provides a short but comprehensive rundown of the recovery process after a Cervical (Neck Region) Total Disc Replacement procedure, as compared to the recovery from a Cervical Fusion.

11th Jul, 2022


The Benefits of Lumbar Disc Replacement: Am I A Candidate?

Lumbar disc replacement is a lower back surgery where a degenerated disc is replaced with a motion-preserving mechanical device that mimics the natural motion previously provided by the disc. In this article, Denver Neurosurgeon Mark Robinson, MD explores the benefits of disc replacement and the criteria required to be a candidate.

2nd May, 2022


Living with Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease, or DDD, is the natural aging or traumatic breakdown of the shock-absorbing discs in your spine—and can cause pain and discomfort. In this article, Neurosurgeon Bradley Duhon, MD discusses the impact of DDD on daily life and management of DDD symptoms.

17th Mar, 2022


Questions to Ask Your Spine Surgeon, Part 3

The third entry in the "Questions to Ask Your Spine Surgeon" series presents patients with a list of potential questions to ask a surgeon during the surgical discussion appointment—once the choice to have surgery has been made.

9th Dec, 2021


Questions to Ask Your Spine Surgeon, Part 2

The multi-part series "Questions to Ask Your Spine Surgeon" continues with a list of questions to ask your surgeon during the diagnosis appointment.

18th Aug, 2021


Questions to Ask Your Spine Surgeon, Part 1

Having any major surgery, including spine surgery, is a very big decision. Asking questions of your spine surgeon is important to ensure you understand the surgical procedure, you have the correct expectations for the day of the surgery and your return to home. This is the first of a multipart series that aims to provide the most pertinent questions about Spine Surgery for your surgeon.

29th Jun, 2021


Gardening Tips for Back Pain Patients

This five minute video is geared toward patients with a passion to garden, who want to know how to stay fit for the entire gardening season—a topic born out of the many questions Dr. McLain’s spine patients have had over the years as they seek to pursue their Spring-time gardening passion without incurring back or neck set-backs.

6th May, 2021


Why Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery May be a Better Option Than Traditional Back Surgery

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS) is often a faster and safer method of treatment in comparison to open surgery. Read on to discover an even wider range of ways that MISS may be a better option than traditional back surgery.

15th Apr, 2021


Am I A Candidate for Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery?

Find out the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery—including how to know when surgery is right for you, what spinal fusion is, and what to expect before and after the procedure.

26th Jan, 2021


Life After prodisc | Back on Course with Dr. Robert Masson

After cervical spine surgery with the prodisc C Total Disc Replacement, Dr. Robert Masson is "Back on Course"—as a race car driver, as a spine surgeon, as an adventurer, and as a family man. See why he chose motion preservation with the prodisc C and how it has allowed his post-surgical active life to flourish.

21st Jan, 2021


COVID-19 and Spine Surgery: Tips for Patients

As the Coronavirus begins to subside and States reopen for business, these elective surgeries are starting to be scheduled and performed at both hospitals and outpatient surgery centers.

5th Oct, 2020


Cervical Spinal Fusion vs Total Disc Replacement:
Which One Should I Choose?

Demystifying the debate between Fusion and Total Disc Replacement for patients.

12th Aug, 2020


Protecting Your Spine: Back Exercise You Can Do At Home

It is important to make sure you are exercising daily to stay healthy, flexible, and to provide support from your back.

25th Jun, 2020


The 20th Anniversary of Artificial Disc Replacement at Texas Back Institute: What This Means for the Future

This year is the 20th anniversary of the artificial disc replacement procedure being performed at Texas Back Institute and thousands of patients are celebrating with them!

1st Jun, 2020


Protecting Your Spine: Tips for Working from Home through COVID-19

To be productive while at home, it is important to ensure that you are working safely and effectively.

20th May, 2020


They Regained Their Lives

These individuals can inspire your journey to healing and life after disc replacement surgery—and the hope of freedom from spine-induced pain and discomfort.

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