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In a Car Wreck? Don’t Wait to Receive a Medical Evaluation
Being involved in a car accident is a frightening experience, no matter how serious the wreck. Once the initial shock fades, you’re left dealing with police and first responders, insurance companies and a damaged vehicle. And even if you seem to have come through the experience unscathed, the adrenaline rush you feel in the moment

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Common Football Injuries and How They Are Treated
Baseball may be the national pastime, but football is America’s game. So much so that you don’t have to be a pro to get in on the action. Football is the number one high school sport in America, with more than one million players nationwide. At least one million more kids between the ages six

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5 Yoga Poses to Relieve Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain isn’t an uncommon complaint among American adults. From poor posture or injury to conditions affecting the spine — such as degenerative disc disease and herniated discs — there are numerous explanations for the back pain you may be experiencing. While some of the spine conditions that cause lower back pain require medical treatment, lower back pain

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7 tips for taking care of an aging back
Back aches and pains are common with age. According to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control, 33.7 percent of Americans over age 65 have recently experienced back pain, and that number is on the rise. Your spine is composed of 24 bones, called vertebrae, that are linked together by tiny joints and separated

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Does Slouching Make You Grumpy?
If you’re feeling down in the dumps, take a look in the mirror. How’s your posture? Raise your shoulders and stand up straight. You might be surprised at how quickly your mood lifts. Of course, slouching can also affect how others see you. Standing up straight creates an impression of self-confidence, power and importance. But

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What is compression clothing, and does it work?
You’ve probably seen professional athletes like LeBron James wear snug-fitting sleeves and leggings during games. These garments, called compression clothing, are thought to improve athletic performance and speed recovery by increasing blood circulation, thus delivering more oxygen to the muscles and speeding up the removal of acids from the muscles. But does the compression clothing

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High heels are hurting your body — here’s how
Kitten heels, pumps, stilettos — they’re fashionable, trendy and, in some cases, even required by company dress code. But no matter the height, shoes with heels on them can be harmful to your back. How heels hurt your back Your feet are the foundation of your entire body, so when the whole of your foot

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Smart exercise tips for people of all ages
You may not be as spry as you once were, but if there’s one secret to staying young and active as you age, it’s exercise. Daily exercise can help prevent age-related health issues such as weight gain, heart disease, diabetes and even stress. There is a catch, however. The exercises you did in your 20s

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How sitting on your wallet is hurting your back
You’re probably aware of the big things you do that affect your posture (such as as how you sit at the computer or while watching TV), but you may not think about the little things. If you practice good posture while sitting and standing and your back is still stiff and sore, your wallet may

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Why rest isn’t always best for back pain
Rest is often a go-to solution to pain relief. But when it comes to back pain, rest isn’t always best. While lying down may give you some immediate back pain relief, studies have shown that rest does little to alleviate back pain in the long term. Studies have also shown that people with acute back

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8 tips for fixing your posture while driving I-69
If you drive inside Houston’s inner loop, you probably spend at least a portion of your week in traffic on I-69. Passing through the heart of Houston, daily traffic on Interstate 69 (also known as U.S. 59) continues to grow rapidly. If you work five days a week, you probably spend at least 60 minutes

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Spinal stenosis: What is it and how is treated?
Sciatica, difficulty standing or walking, loss of bladder or bowel control, foot drop — these are all symptoms of a spinal condition known as spinal stenosis. The spine is made up of small, connected bones called vertebrae and shock-absorbing discs that together form a canal to protect the spinal cord. Your spinal cord is key

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Is a herniated disc causing your back pain?
Your spine isn’t one solid piece of bone. It’s actually made up of many small individual bones called vertebrae. Located between each vertebra in the spinal column are small, round, flat discs with a tough outer layer and a soft, jelly-like material on the inside. These discs cushion the vertebrae and act as shock absorbers

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5 tips for adjusting to a standing desk
More than 80 percent of Americans sit all day for their jobs. Many of those people go home after work and sit some more, whether they’re reading, watching television, playing games or surfing the internet. According to a survey by Ergotron and JustStand.org, most Americans spend approximately 13 hours a day sitting. As you might

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Do you suffer from “text neck”?
In today’s culture, people spend more time than ever in front of screens. Smartphones, tablets and computers are so ingrained in our everyday lives that we often don’t even notice the consequences of being glued to our tech — until it becomes painful. “Text neck” is a real ailment that has become increasingly common. The

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Benefits of SI Joint Fusion Surgery for Back Pain
Do you suffer from lower back pain, groin or buttocks? Have you found that traditional sciatica treatments don’t give you the relief you need? Joint Fusion Surgery may be an option for you. It may be because your pain isn’t sciatica after all. Your symptoms may instead be attributed to the sacroiliac joint, or SI joint.

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How to Warm up Before a Cold Weather Workout
Exercising in cold weather can be a welcome change from trying to work out in the sweltering summer heat. Whether you’re a fan of cold weather workouts or you have to talk yourself into getting out in the cold, there are some important things you should remember about cold weather workouts before heading outdoors. Cold

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How to combat a sedentary lifestyle
There’s no question that sitting too much is bad for your body and your health. Researchers have linked a sedentary lifestyle to an increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Sitting for too long also causes slouching, which puts pressure on the spinal cord and can cause your body to feel stiff

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5 tips for keeping your joints healthy
Bad joints can cause major pain and stiffness when you exercise, play sports or even just carry out your everyday tasks. For some people, “bad” joints can become so unhealthy that the only treatment is joint replacement surgery. Joint pain is often a sign of age, but even some young adults deal with unhealthy joints.

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10 stretches you can do at work
10 Stretches You Can Do At Work A majority of American workers (about 80 percent) work desk jobs or jobs that require little to no physical activity. Spending your days sitting at a desk can be a recipe for muscle soreness, stiffness and even pain. Doing work stretches throughout the day could relieve stiffness and

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5 reasons why your back may be hurting
5 Common Reasons for Back Pain  Back pain is a common ailment among people of all ages. More than 26 million Americans between the ages of 20-64 experience frequent back pain, and the majority of us will experience back pain at some point in our lives. It is one of the most common reasons for

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When should you see a doctor about nerve pain?
The nervous system is integral to your body’s ability to function. It regulates your breathing, controls your muscles and senses heat, cold and pain. So what happens when there’s a glitch in your nervous system? If you’re experiencing nerve pain, your nervous system is sending the wrong messages to your brain. Your brain may receive

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Why do my joints hurt when the weather changes?
In addition to cloudy skies, dropping temperatures and whipping winds, you can also add joint pain to the list of signs that a storm is brewing. People with arthritis often experience joint pain when the weather is about to change, and some scientists say it’s because of shifts in barometric pressure. Any change in barometric

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Reducing Arthritis Symptoms: Foods to Avoid
Adapting to a healthy diet Adapting to a healthy diet can contribute to several health benefits, including reducing arthritis symptoms. If you have arthritis, you may feel your symptoms worsen with changes in the weather or an increase in activity. What many people living with arthritis don’t realize is that diet can also have an

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3 Walking Trails to Check Out in Houston
The Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends 30 minutes of walking five days a week to get the full benefits of the exercise for the musculoskeletal system. We picked some of our favorite walking trails in Houston. Here are three of our favorite parks with walking/hiking trails in and around Houston. Lake Houston Wilderness Park Encompassing

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Everything you need to know about scoliosis
What you need to know about scoliosis Contrary to what you might think, scoliosis is not a disease but a musculoskeletal disorder resulting in an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. The disorder affects about three out of every 100 people, or an estimated six to nine million people in the United States. The spine

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What should you do if you throw out your back?
You’ve probably heard someone say that they’ve “thrown out” their back, but what does that really mean, and what should you do if it happens to you? Throwing out your back is a general figure of speech used to describe sudden acute back pain. This type of back injury typically happens as the result of

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What’s causing your neck pain and how to prevent it
Your neck is made up of nerves, bones, joints and muscles, all of which work together with the brain and the spinal cord to support the head with strength and stability. Neck pain is common — as many as 15 percent of US adults have experienced neck pain lasting at least one day — and

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5 of the best low-impact exercises for back pain
One of the biggest misconceptions people have when dealing with back pain or joint pain is that they should cut back on exercising. While it is true that your exercise routine should be adjusted based on your physical limitations, halting physical activity can actually do more harm than good. Exercise is one of the best

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KHOU’s Great Day Houston Medical Monday Recap
I had a great time on KHOU’s Great Day Houston where Deborah Duncan hosted the Medical Monday segment. I was glad to be joined by Hormone Specialists Dr. Steven Hotze, Otolaryngologist Dr. Kevin Smith, and Interventional Radiologist Dr. Vasu Rao. Our roundtable discussion was about Medical Hot Topics. We discussed activity trackers such as the

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How Much Does Back Surgery Cost?
An Overview of Back Surgery Costs Back surgery is typically recommended only when non-surgical treatments have failed to relieve symptoms. If you have exhausted all other options and you are having chronic pain, you may start to wonder if back surgery is for you. One of the first questions on your mind is most likely,

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Choosing the Best Mattress for Lower Back Pain
Sleeping on the wrong mattress can cause or worsen lower back pain. Lack of support from a mattress reinforces poor sleeping posture, strains muscles and does not help keep the spine in alignment, all of which contribute to low back pain. Sleep comfort is also sacrificed if a mattress does not match one’s individual preferences.

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Living with Chronic Back Pain
According to the Gallup-Healthways a recent study shows that 31 percent of U.S. adults have a back condition that causes them chronic pain. Chronic back pain doesn’t just hurt sufferers physically it can hurt emotionally too. From physical ailments, to impacting mood, memory and relationships, chronic pain can have a huge impact on one’s life. Here are some of the

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Understanding the Causes of Tailbone Pain
The pain that occurs in the lowest part of the spine, the coccyx, is called the tailbone. The coccyx itself is made up of 3 to 5 vertebrae, some of which may be fused together. The ventral side of the coccyx is slightly concave whereas the dorsal aspect is slightly convex. Both of these sides have

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Tips for Preventing Neck Pain
Your neck (cervical spine) is made up of vertebrae that extend from the skull to the upper torso. Cervical disks absorb shock between the bones. The bones, ligaments, and muscles of your neck support your head and allow for motion. Any abnormalities, inflammation, or injury can cause neck pain or stiffness. Many people experience neck pain or

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Spinal Cysts and Tumors
Cysts A cyst is a closed sac having a distinct membrane and division on the nearby tissue. It may contain air, fluids, or semi-solid material.  Synovial cysts develop in the facet joints of the lumbar spine as a result of degeneration. If large enough, these sacs can cause spinal stenosis. Which is a narrowing of

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The Truth About Scoliosis
Scoliosis is a disorder that causes an abnormal curve of the spine, or backbone. The spine has normal curves when looking from the side, but it should appear straight when looking from the front. Kyphosis is a curve in the spine seen from the side in which the spine is bent forward. There is a normal kyphosis

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Surgery Options For Herniated Discs
If a course of nonsurgical treatments is not effective for relieving pain from a herniated disc, lumbar decompression surgery may be considered as an option. Often a microdiscectomy also known as microdecompression is used to treat nerve compression from a herniated disc. Lumbar Decompression Surgery  The first type of spine surgery that became commonly performed as an

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Back Surgery: What to Expect
Having spine surgery can be a stressful and emotional time for anyone, but Dr. Kushwaha and the rest of his staff are invested in using a team approach to provide you with the best possible experience. The Weeks and Days Before Your Surgery  When scheduling your procedure with your surgeon, make sure you obtain an

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Losing Weight Before Surgery
Deciding to proceed with surgery can be daunting. Preparation is key to a successful surgery and for an overweight person, one of the best things you can do to prevent complications is losing weight. According, to Science Daily, people who lose weight before surgeries, even bariatric (weight loss) surgeries, suffer from fewer complications and usually

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Using Technology to Gauge Your Health
Using Technology to Gauge Your Health Your heart beats 100,000 times a day, so it’s a good idea to check up on your hard-working heart. In addition to monitoring your activity new heart monitoring gadgets can also provide feedback on your hearts health, in real time. We have taken the time to review some of

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Compression Fracture of the Spine
Back aches and pains may be a symptom of fractures occurring in your vertebrae. Vertebrae are the bones that form your spine, soft weakened bones are a concern for this issue. Compression fractures are generally caused by bone thinning osteoporosis, especially if you are a postmenopausal woman over 50. When bones are brittle, everyday activities

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Women with Back Pain
In comparison with men, women generally lead a healthier lifestyle and are more rarely over weight, have less stressful jobs, or are not employed outside of the home. Nevertheless, women have a higher prevalence of back pain. According to a representative prevalence study in the federal republic of Germany. Lets take a look at how the

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How to Prevent Sports Injuries
Sports season is in full swing, and while winning is always the goal, sports injuries are always a threat. Injuries may occur when people suddenly increase the intensity or frequency of their sport. To avoid warming the bench this season, prevent soft tissue injuries with conditioning and proper training. These helpful tips and tricks will

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Recent Research By Dr. Kushwaha
Dr. Kushwaha’s recent scientific article entitled ‘Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) Augmented with rhBMP-2’ assesses clinical and radiographic outcomes of 77 patients treated with one or two level instrumented transforaminal interbody fusions augmented with interbody recombinent human bone morphogenic protein (rhBMP-2) and allograft for treatment of symptomatic spondylolisthesis or degenerative disc disease. The article was a

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Regenerative Cellular Therapy
Autologous Adult Stem Cells (ASCs) are found in specialized areas of many tissues, including bone marrow, heart, and brain. During the natural course of one’s life, they are recruited to replace cells lost over time, and facilitate repair due to injury. Advances in regenerative medicine have allowed clinicians to tap into the healing potential provided by

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How Can Back Pain Be Prevented?
Back pain is the most commonly reported pain condition in America with over 59 million people suffering from a recent episode and 80% of the population experiencing back pain at some time in their life. There are several causes of back including injury, muscle strain, accidents, bad habits and degeneration due to aging. Although there

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