Blog Archive

What is Stenosis? Apr 1st, 2020

Many tiny nerves come together in your spine — so spinal problems can create all sorts of strange symptoms. A nerve that's been put under pressure or pinched can leave you in pain, or you may experience tingling sensations, numbness, or sudden muscle weakness. Spinal stenosis can create uncomfortable pressure...

Are Bone Fractures Preventable? Mar 1st, 2020

Many factors can increase your risks of bone fractures. Whether you're concerned about your bone health as you age, have recently experienced a concerning fracture or broken bone, or have received a recommendation for a bone health evaluation, the experienced staff at the South Texas Spinal Clinic are here to...

Joint Fusion Sounds Extreme — Can it Really Solve My SI Pain? Feb 1st, 2020

If you're experiencing chronic lower back pain, there's a good chance your sacroiliac (SI) joint may be the issue. SI problems account for 15-30% of low back pain cases. At South Texas Spinal Clinic, we have six locations in South Texas where we can resolve your SI pain for good...

Will Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Alleviate Your Back Pain? Jan 1st, 2020

Back pain can interfere with your daily life in multiple ways, from bringing about emotional stress and disappointment to keeping you from carrying out your everyday tasks. Over 260 million days of work are lost in the US each year from back pain, according to the American Chiropractic Association, which...

Is Back Pain Normal As You Age? Dec 1st, 2019

The way some people talk about it, you might think back pain is one of the basic parts of getting older, the same as wrinkles and gray hairs. Is back pain a normal part of aging? Yes and no – while many people experience more back pain as they start...

What Makes Women More Susceptible to Osteoporosis? Nov 1st, 2019

When you think about your bones, the first word that comes to mind probably isn’t tissue. Tissue seems like a soft word, something you would associate with organs or intricate, fragile body parts. Your strong, resilient bones, the ones that help you walk and move, couldn’t be made out of...

Why Physical Therapy Is a Crucial Part of Recovery Oct 1st, 2019

Some injuries heal without much fuss. When you get a papercut, you wrap it with a band-aid and wait until it’s fully healed. When you have strep throat, you take some antibiotics and focus on getting rest to help your body fight off the illness. Even a broken finger will...

Stem Cell Therapy Could Be the Answer to Your Chronic Pain Aug 31st, 2019

Most people experience aches and pains now and then, but the problem usually goes away with an over-the-counter pain reliever and some rest. Chronic pain is much more severe and doesn’t go away on its own, and can last for weeks or even years. Regardless of the source of your...

The Dangers of Tech Neck Aug 1st, 2019

We live in an age of plentiful technological advancements. However, there are some drawbacks to our age of innovation, and tech neck is one such problem as 58% of American adults with smartphones are at risk for this painful problem.  Tech neck is an irritating condition caused by looking down...

Understanding Pain Management: What Does Your Body Need? Jul 17th, 2019

It’s holistic. It’s patient-centric. It’s more effective than anything else you’ve tried.  It’s pain management.  You might be thinking, “That’s not a real thing.” But it is! And we’re so glad to offer it to you at all of our six South Texas Spinal Clinic locations.  Now that you know...

Find Out How a Laminectomy Can Relieve Pressure Off Your Spinal Cord Jun 14th, 2019

Too much pressure on your spinal cord and nerve roots can lead to back pain, numbness, and tingling in the arms and legs. In some cases, pressure on your nerve roots can cause problems with walking and bowel functions, as well. Procedures intended to relieve pressure in the back are...

How Osteoporosis Affects Your Body May 1st, 2019

Osteoporosis is a condition that causes your bones to deteriorate, making you more susceptible to debilitating bone fractures. Your bones are living entities; bone cells constantly die, and new cells grow. But if you have osteoporosis, your body doesn’t generate enough new cells when the old cells die to keep...

Top Health Conditions Laser Spine Surgery Can Help With Apr 9th, 2019

When it’s hard to stand up, hard to sit down, and hard to come up with excuses not to get your back fixed, it’s time get some answers. Start by visiting the talented team of doctors at South Texas Spinal Clinic, with 12 locations throughout Texas. They each specialize in...

Your Chronic Neck Pain Could Mean You Have Degenerative Disc Disease Mar 7th, 2019

Cervical degenerative disc disease is a condition in which the discs supporting the vertebrae in your neck start to deteriorate. The degenerative process could have been triggered by an accident or injury, but it’s most commonly due to aging. The discs often weaken from normal wear and tear. You have...

6 Amazing Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy Feb 7th, 2019

One of the buzz phrases of state-of-the-art health care is “regenerative medicine.” Regenerative medicine encompasses a number of therapies that help your body repair itself. Two of the most popular branches of regenerative medicine are platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, which uses the power contained in your own blood to accelerate...

Why Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Might Be the Best Option for You Jan 9th, 2019

While surgery may not be anyone’s preferred treatment, if you’re plagued by back problems that are having a detrimental impact on your quality of life, surgery may be your best course of action. In an effort to make the road to relief a little smoother, minimally invasive surgical techniques have...

8 Most Common Causes of Back Pain Dec 13th, 2018

Because your back is a complex structure of ligaments, muscles, joints, and bones, it ’s particularly vulnerable to a range of injuries. While anyone can develop back pain at any time, several factors can increase your risk, including: Being 30 years of age or older Having a sedentary lifestyle Being...

Top 5 Health Conditions That Will Benefit from a Spinal Fusion Nov 19th, 2018

While spinal fusion surgery shouldn’t be the first treatment option for your spinal problems, it may be the one that finally provides relief from your specific back condition. When deciding if spinal fusion surgery — a procedure that permanently connects two or more vertebrae together — is right for you,...

Have Consistent Back Pain? It May Be Time to Visit Your Laminectomy Specialist Oct 15th, 2018

Back pain affects almost everyone at some point in life. However, most people recover fairly quickly with time, rest, and conservative treatments such as physical therapy.But if your back pain is constant and doesn’t seem to be getting better, the surgical spine experts at South Texas Spinal Clinic want you...

How Stem Cell Therapy Can Remedy Joint Pain Sep 26th, 2018

There are numerous causes of joint pain, but by far the most common is osteoarthritis. In 2015, 15 million adults reported severe joint pain due to arthritis with it being the leading cause of work disability. As if missed work days from pain and not being able to enjoy the...

5 Sports Injury Prevention Tips for Seniors Aug 20th, 2018

Now that you have more time to participate in the activities you enjoy, it’s wonderful to hit the golf course in the middle of the week, play tennis on the neighborhood seniors team, or continue any other sport you’ve always enjoyed. As a senior athlete, though — either part time...

Stem Cell Therapy: A Boon for Baby Boomer Aging Joints Jul 6th, 2018

Joint pain can affect your life in surprising and dramatic ways, forcing you to change routines, give up activities that you enjoy, and make it difficult to meet your day-to-day obligations. Whether you’re feeling pain in your shoulders, hands, hips, knees, or some other joint, you know how difficult simple...

Four Steps You Can Take to Help Prevent Osteoporosis Jun 18th, 2018

Four Steps You Can Take to Help Prevent Osteoporosis  You may think that osteoporosis, a disease in which bones become weak and brittle, is an inevitable part of aging and that you can’t do anything to prevent it. But that’s not quite true. Although some of the things that contribute...

PRP: A Boon for Treating Chronic Tendon Injuries May 8th, 2018

Your tendons are fibrous tissues made of collagen that attach your muscles to your bones. These soft tissues are incredibly strong and flexible, but they aren’t elastic. While an injury to your tendons can occur for a variety of reasons including aging, overuse, and stress, they’re often due to structural...

Does Weather Affect Joint Pain? Apr 18th, 2018

If your knee starts to flare up or your hip aches as the weather changes, you’re not crazy. Weather can absolutely affect joint pain in some people. Sensitive people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis report feeling more aches and stiffness when cold temperatures, humidity, precipitation, and falling barometric pressure set...

Tips for Returning to Sports After Back Surgery Mar 26th, 2018

There’s no question that being able to surgically repair a serious back problem has major benefits. You may even know firsthand just how wonderful it can be to finally correct a back issue that’s caused you chronic pain, robbed you of your strength, or limited your mobility. But if you...