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Cervical Sprain and Cervical Strain: Review by KBNI Houston, Kingwood, Katy, the Woodlands, Spring, Sugarland, Pearland, Baytown, Beaumont

Cervical Sprain and Cervical Strain

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A high quality of life is dependent on many things, one of which is the pain-free operation of our joints over a normal range of motion. When a cervical sprain or strain occurs, however, patients typically experience headaches, neck pain that grows worse over time, and moderate-to-severe muscle tension in the neck. All of these symptoms reduce mobility and range of motion, things that can substantially lower one’s quality of life given how frequently we need to move our necks and rotate our heads.

 

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There is a difference between cervical sprain and cervical strain.  Cervical sprain is a stretch or tear of a ligament, which is a band of connective tissue which connects one bone to another.  A cervical strain is an injury to a muscle and/or a tendon, which is a fibrous cord of tissue which attaches muscles to a bone.

 

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Most commonly, cervical sprains and / or strains occur during an acceleration-deceleration injury (usually called whiplash, as these injuries frequently occur as a result of an automobile accident). Portions of the neck may be temporarily extended beyond their normal range of motion and patients experience inflammation along the spinal column and corresponding headaches. Damage to the spinal discs (the shock-absorbing pads between our vertebrae) may also occur, placing nearby spinal nerves at risk for compression. If the spinal discs become herniated (slipped, or ruptured) as a result of the accident, patients may find it necessary to implement a long-term physical therapy regimen or chiropractic treatment in order to preserve mobility.

 

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cervical sprain, cervical strain, neck pain, range of motion, physical therapy, chiropractic, spinal, injury

 

Generally, cervical sprain or cervical strain is treatable in the same ways that common muscle strains, sprains, and pulls are: rest, hydration, and non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen all help to mediate acute pain levels and restore some degree of the patient’s prior mobility. If the whiplash injury was severe or if the patient’s range of motion has declined considerably (along with acute neck pain), doctors will likely advocate for imaging exams to determine the extent of the damage within the neck. X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can help doctors examine the soft tissues in the neck (spinal nerves, muscles, ligaments, spinal discs) to narrow the possible root causes for patients’ neck pain.

 

When it comes to preserving-long-term mobility, most physicians will recommend physical therapy or chiropractic therapy that emphasizes core strength training. Strong muscles along the spinal column, throughout the torso, and including the shoulders and neck will allow these muscles to assist in managing the weight of the skull. Strong muscles will relieve pressure from spinal discs, lowering the incidence of compressed spinal nerves and ultimately lowering a patient’s pain levels. Physical therapy or chiropractic therapy will also help maintain a patient’s general quality of life as they age by building flexibility and maintaining optimal muscle mass. Finally, physical therapy or chiropractic treatment will allow patients the best chance at re-gaining a relatively pain-free range of motion.

 

The Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI) in Houston TX takes care of patients in Houston and the surrounding areas, including Pearland, Galleria, Beaumont, Baytown, Clear Lake, Port Arthur, Katy, the Woodlands, Spring, Memorial City, Humble, Kingwood, Conroe, Tomball, Missouri City, Texas City, and Texas Medical Center (TMC)

 

Patients suffering from a low back pain or neck pain, or who have been told they may require a low back surgery or neck sugery, can

contact the Kraus Back and Neck Institute at

…….  281-713-6296

…….  Or visit www.SpineHealth.com to schedule an appointment online

……. KBNI VIDEO on Back and Neck Pain Treatment : Don’t Live in Fear and Pain

 

Keywords: cervical sprain, cervical strain, neck pain, range of motion, physical therapy, chiropractic, spinal, injury, Houston, Kingwood, Katy, the Woodlands, Spring, Sugarland, Pearland, Baytown, Beaumont

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Facet Joint Health, Low Back Pain and Upper Back Pain review by KBNI Houston, Kingwood, Spring, Sugarland, Katy, Pearland, Baytown, Beaumont, Clear Lake, Memorial City, the Woodlands

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Facet Joint Health, Low Back Pain and Upper Back Pain

Simply put, the facet joint links the vertebrae of the human spinal column and allow for the articulation of the spine. When they facet joints are not functioning properly, or when they become degenerated, develop arthritis, or slip, they may be the cause of low back pain and upper back pain.  In addition to providing mobility, the facet joints also help stabilize the spinal column by being oriented in such a way that they decrease the chances of preventing forward vertebral slippage (spondylolisthesis). The ends of the facet joints are covered in cartilage, which allows for pain-free operation over a normal range of motion (bending, twisting, lifting, sitting, standing, etc.). While the cartilage does break down naturally over time (in this manner resembling cartilage in other parts of the body), the facet joints are still quite durable if direct physical trauma (such as from an accident) is not an issue. The condition known as spondylolisthesis exists when one vertebral body is slipped forward upon the vertebral body below.  This is also known as anterolisthesis.  When the vertebral body is slipped backward upon the vertebral body below, the condition is known as retrolisthesis.  Spondylolisthesis may occur as a result of degenerative changes of the facet joint.  When a patient has a condition known as spondylolysis, the patient is prone to develop spondylolisthesis.  Spondylolysis is a condition where there is a gap in what may be considered the roof over the spinal canal.  It may occur from an injury, or a person may be born with it.  When this condition occurs, the facet joint is no longer able to help support the vertebral bodies from slipping forward upon each other, and instead, all of this burden is placed upon the intervertebral disc, which separates two adjacent vertebral bodies.  Spondylolisthesis, whether anterolisthesis or retrolisthesis, may be related to low back pain or upper back pain, as it relates to possible instability of the spinal column.

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With all of these essential functions, the facet joints are a little-known but important means to preventing low back pain and upper back pain. These joints, along with spinal discs (the shock-absorbing pads between our vertebrae) help relieve pressure on the spinal nerves during routine motion, lowering the incidence of nerve compression (and accompanying sharp low back pain). Over time, however, the facet joints begin to break down just like any other mechanical component in the human body. Repetitive bending, lifting, and twisting can all accelerate the natural degenerative processes in the human spinal column, and the facet joints are no exception. The cartilage on the ends of the joints breaks down as spinal discs become thinner, harder, and less capable of bearing shock as we grow older. All of this leads to higher incidence of compressed (pinched) spinal nerves, which in turn can cause muscle weakness, numbness, low back pain, upper back pain, and decreases in overall mobility.

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As such, maintaining the health of our facet joints as we age should be a priority for everyone. Patients with chronic low back pain and upper back pain are advised to explore the option of physical therapy or chiropractic designed specifically for the spine. Typically, spine-specific physical therapy programs use a regimen of core-strengthening exercises to build muscles along the spinal column and throughout the torso. Stronger core muscles are more capable of relieving load-bearing stress on other degenerated portions of the spine, such as the discs and facet joints. Continuing physical therapy at home will also help back pain patients maintain optimal muscle mass as they age, which will in turn lower the incidence of injury, low back pain  and increase overall mobility. Patients are advised to consult their physicians prior to beginning any physical therapy regimen to ensure they do not have any structural deformities that would be exacerbated by an exercise program. Imaging tests (x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) ) may be necessary to confirm this, depending on the physician’s findings during your physical exam.  Standing low back x rays in flexion and extension will show whether spondylolisthesis is stable, or whether it moves.

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Low back pain is one of the most common reasons for individuals to visit their doctor, and for loss of work.  Finding the source of the low back pain is important, before the low back pain can be addressed, and treatment begun.  Causes of low back pain include the facet joint, the spinal disc itself, the ligaments attached to the low back spinal column, the nerves leaving the spine in the low back, and the muscles which attach to, and create movement in the low back.

 

 

The Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI) in Houston TX takes care of patients in Houston and the surrounding areas, including Pearland, Galleria, Beaumont, Baytown, Clear Lake, Port Arthur, Katy, the Woodlands, Spring, Memorial City, Humble, Kingwood, Conroe, Tomball, Missouri City, Texas City, and Texas Medical Center (TMC)

 

Patients suffering from a low back pain or neck pain, or who have been told they may require a low back surgery or neck sugery, can

contact the Kraus Back and Neck Institute at

…….  281-713-6296

…….  Or visit www.SpineHealth.com to schedule an appointment online

……. KBNI VIDEO on Back and Neck Pain Treatment : Don’t Live in Fear and Pain

 

 

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What is Disc Degeneration in the Context of the Spine? KBNI Houston, Memorial City, Woodlands, Sugarland, Pearland, Katy, Spring, Conroe, Beaumont, Baytown

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What is Disc Degeneration in the Context of the Spine?

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Degenerative disc disease (disc degeneration)  has proven to be a frightening diagnosis for many members of the public. Our spinal discs (the shock-absorbing pads between our vertebrae) are essential for a high quality of life. They cushion the load-bearing stress on the spinal column and along with the facet joints (the joints between our vertebrae) spinal discs help allow for the spinal column’s articulation during routine motion.

Over time, however, the spinal discs naturally degenerate (degenerative disc diseease) , becoming thinner, harder, drier, and less capable of absorbing shock. This means that vertebrae in the spinal column move closer together, placing nearby spinal nerves at a higher risk for compression. Degenerated spinal discs also directly impact a back pain patient’s mobility, given that the discs act somewhat like the shocks and suspension on an automobile a person with compromised discs is going to move more slowly and have a smaller range of motion.

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Problems also surface when back pain patients are diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. Patients may be frightened at the condition getting worse to the point of paralysis or greatly decreased mobility. While advanced damage in your spinal discs is indeed cause for concern, there are many steps patients can take to mediate back pain and improve their quality of life as they age. First, don’t give up simply because of your diagnosis. Disc degeneration is a natural process. Degenerative disc disease  (disc degeneration) simply means your degeneration has progressed more quickly than is the norm.

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Additionally, there are many steps patients can take at home to make sure they retain an acceptable range of motion and low-to-moderate pain levels. First, consider using over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen to mediate back pain when it reaches acute levels. Pain medication will provide temporary relief and restore mobility by reducing inflammation (anti-inflammatory effects)  along the spinal column (which, in a person with advanced degeneration of their spinal discs, will also help in relieving pressure on spinal nerves). A physical therapy or chiropractic regimen emphasizing core-strengthening exercises is also essential. Strong muscles throughout the torso and along the spinal column will relieve pressure from compromised spinal discs and help reduce the possibility for compressing spinal nerves. Patients also have the advantage of continuing these physical therapy / chiropractic exercises at home for an indefinite period of time, reducing medical costs and helping to maintain their mobility while reducing the possibility of further damage to the spinal discs themselves. Finally, physical therapy is an essential component in a healthy lifestyle that keeps weight at optimum levels, reducing the load-bearing stress on spinal discs and facet joints. Maintaining a healthy weight will further reduce the possibility of additional damage, while an unhealthy weight will increase the potential for nerve damage.

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Physicians at the Kraus Back and Neck Institute treat patients with degenerative disc disease (disc degeneration).  The Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI) in Houston TX  cares for patients in Houston and the surrounding areas, including Sugarland, Woodlands, Katy, Spring, Sealy, Baytown, Pearland, Beaumont, Galleria, Conroe, Humble, Kingwood, Port Arthur, Galveston, Texas Medical Center  (TMC), Tomball and other Texas TX cities including Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin.  In most cases, non-surgical treatments are available, reserving surgery for those patients in whom conservative treatments do not provide sufficient pain relief.

If you have SUFFERED AN INJURY, you can contact the Kraus Back and Neck Institute at

…….  281-713-6296

 

…….  Or visit  www.SpineHealth.com  to schedule an appointment online

 

…….  KBNI VIDEO

 

 

Keywords: spinal discs, back pain, spinal nerves, physical therapy, degenerative disc disease, disc degeneration, Houston, Memorial City, Woodlands, Sugarland, Pearland, Katy, Spring, Conroe, Beaumont, Baytown

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Post-operative Care Questions for Lower Back Surgery Patients review by KBNI Houston, Woodlands, Kingwood, Katy, Pearland, Beaumont, Tomball, Baytown, Galveston, Sugarland

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Post-operative Care Questions for Lower Back Surgery Patients

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Lower back surgery can be an incredibly trying endeavor for patients and physicians alike. Typically, lower back surgery is used as a last resort for patients whose back pain has not responded to more conservative treatments (i.e. rest, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory drugs, etc.). Though major back surgery is generally quite expensive and requires a long period of post-operative care, there are several steps patients can take to minimize recovery time and pain levels while maximizing their chances at retaining full mobility.

First, take your doctor’s recommendations very seriously. If he or she advises you on lifestyle changes to compensate for your decreased mobility during post-operative care, you must be willing to implement these changes. Many kinds of back surgery involve the implantation of screws and / or plates for a spinal fusion to stabilize different parts of the spinal column. Other surgeries implant entire artificial spinal discs (the shock-absorbing pads between our vertebrae) to correct the problems that natural spinal disc degeneration can cause (severe pain, destabilization, compressed spinal nerves).

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Often deep incisions have to be made to implant these devices and consequently the muscles along the spinal column are lacerated. The spine takes time to heal and grow new tissue around these wounds. Patients may experience severe back pain and decreased spine mobility but are advised not to pursue strenuous activity without first consulting their physicians. Your doctor will be able to give you a much clearer idea of which activities pose a higher risk for your specific back surgery. Sticking to a strict activity regimen will help you reduce your risk of needing subsequent corrective surgeries.

After the surgery, physical therapy / chiropractic during post-operative care will help patients retain mobility, as well as building core strength and stretching for flexibility that will aid in preventing future injuries. Another problem you may wish to ask your doctor about is surgical site spine infection infection (SSI). Due to back surgery exposing the body to open air, pathogens may enter the incision site and cause infection at some point during post-operative care. It’s extremely important to get a family member or friend to monitor your wound during dressing changes. Look for oozing pus, red edges around the wound, and foul odors. It’s also possible that surgical site infection may occur as a result of contaminated medical devices. This infection is extremely dangerous, as the wound itself may not exhibit signs of infection. Monitor any changes in back pain, as well as any fever, numbness, or muscle weakness. If any of these symptoms occur, seek immediate medical attention.

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Physician experts at the Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI) in Houston, TX, have significant experience and expertise in working with patients who are recovering from minor or major spine surgery.  They understand that the beginning of the healing process starts in the OR, but the remainder continues well after the surgery is finished.

The Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI) in Houston TX takes care of patients in Houston and the surrounding areas, including Sugarland, Woodlands, Katy, Spring, Sealy, Baytown, Pearland, Beaumont, Galleria, Conroe, Humble, Kingwood, Port Arthur, Galveston, Texas Medical Center  (TMC), Tomball and other Texas TX cities including Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin

If you have SUFFERED AN INJURY, you can contact the Kraus Back and Neck Institute at

…….  281-713-6296

 

…….  Or visit  www.SpineHealth.com  to schedule an appointment online

 

…….  KBNI VIDEO

 

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Living with Back Pain: Self-Education review KBNI Houston, Woodlands, Sugarland, Spring, Katy, Pearland, Kingwood, Humble, Memorial, Conroe, Beaumont

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Living with Back Pain: Self-Education

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Living with Back Pain: Self-Education review KBNI Houston, Woodlands, Sugarland, Spring, Katy, Pearland, Kingwood, Humble, Memorial, Conroe, Beaumont

Low back pain is one of the most common reasons for missing work in the modern world, yet many still believe its origins are a mystery. Normally, low back pain is caused by a set of very predictable (and unfortunately, all-too-common) conditions. Too much strenuous activity (bending, heavy lifting, twisting, fast or repetitive articulation of the spinal column) accelerates the natural wear on spinal discs as well as the cartilage covering the ends of the facet joints (the joints that allow for articulation of the spinal column). Too much sedentary activity (sitting at an office computer monitor, standing for excessive periods of time) depletes the oxygen supplies of tensed muscles in the back, often leading to painful muscle spasms and an increased chance of compressed spinal nerves. As such, back pain patients need to take steps to educate themselves on how to best maintain the stability and pain-free articulation of their spinal columns as they age.

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Self-education is vital not only to mediating back pain levels, but also for maintaining a high quality of life as you age. Too many people give up on activities (such as physical therapy or yoga) that boost strength and flexibility. As a result, they gradually lose mobility and their pain levels continue to rise during activities that they once found quite manageable. Perhaps the most important tenet of living with back pain is an understanding that regular exercise is essential to mediating pain levels. Core strengthening exercises develop muscles along the spinal column and throughout the torso, lessening the shocks and stresses of everyday movement for compromised spinal discs and facet joints. Stretching is also very important to loosen the muscles, and gently stretch the tendons.

Beyond physical therapy designed to strengthen the core, however, it’s important that back patients understand their own bodies. Know which activities represent a higher risk of back pain and how to avoid them, and prevent back injury. Learn the difference between muscle soreness (such as from a vigorous workout) and sharp back pain resulting from compressed spinal nerves and herniated discs (which, over time, can lead to muscle weakness, loss of sensation, and nerve damage and sciatica ). Communicate honestly and often with your physician regarding your progress in your physical therapy program or chiropractic program. Are certain exercises causing too much (or the wrong kind of) pain? Which exercises seem to be most effective at getting you through your routine? What elements of your lifestyle have you had to change in order to mediate pain levels and how have these changes helped? Giving your doctor all of this information will help in making specific adjustments to your physical therapy regimen or chiropractic regimen in order to give you the best chances of retaining your long-term mobility.

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Physician spine experts  at the Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI) in Houston have significant expertise treating many patients suffering from low back pain and neck pain, without the need for surgery on the spine.  When surgery is necessary, the latest techniques in minimally invasive surgery of the spine are available.  Neurosurgeon experts will evaluate patients, and review images of the spine, and help the patient to try to get through the pain they are experiencing, and return them to a normal and healthy lifestyle, when possible.

Patients may have suffered a car or truck motor vehicle accident, or been in some other type of motor vehicle accident or other personal injury.  Many patients may recall a specific injury to the spine, which had caused the onset of pain, while others don’t recall any type of injury, but have had a gradual onset of pain.  Some patients may simply have turned the wrong way, or got up out of bed the wrong way.  No matter what the cause of pain is, physician experts at the KBNI will be happy to evaluate any patient experiencing neck pain, low back pain, or pain in the arms or legs.

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The Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI) in Houston TX takes care of patients in Houston and the surrounding areas, including Sugarland, Woodlands, Katy, Spring, Sealy, Baytown, Pearland, Beaumont, Galleria, Conroe, Humble, Kingwood, Port Arthur, Galveston, Texas Medical Center  (TMC) and other Texas TX cities including Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin.

 

 

If you have SUFFERED AN INJURY, you can contact the Kraus Back and Neck Institute at

…….  281-713-6296

 

…….  Or visit  www.SpineHealth.com  to schedule an appointment online

  

 

…….  KBNI VIDEO

 

 

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Long-term Physical Therapy and Chiropractic for the Spine review by KBNI Houston, Spring, Woodlands, Katy, Sugarland, Kingwood, Conroe, Beaumont, Baytown

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Long-term Physical Therapy and Chiropractic for the Spine

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Back pain is incredibly common and is often the result of lifestyle. Repeated heavy lifting, twisting, and excessive articulation of the spinal column (such as during exercise) can all accelerate wear and tear on our spinal discs (shock-absorbing pads between our vertebrae) as well as the muscles and ligaments in our spinal column and the cartilage on the ends of our facet joints (the joints that allow the spinal column to articulate). Too much sedentary activity can also produce adverse changes in the spine, given that long periods of sitting and standing decrease oxygen flow to tensed muscles in the back, increasing the chances of back pain from muscle spasms and compressed spinal nerves.

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All of these practices accelerate the natural degenerative processes in the spinal column. Our spinal discs naturally get harder, thinner, and less pliable as we grow older, making them less capable of bearing the shocks and stresses of routine movement. The cartilage on the ends of our facet joints naturally breaks down over time, also increasing the chances of compressed spinal nerves. If you are experiencing back pain that has lasted longer than a week, it’s important for you to take stock of your present condition: what are you doing in your life that could be contributing to your back pain? Seek medical attention and provide your physician with all the necessary information about your work history and family medical history. Honest communication from you will help your physician prescribe an effective course of treatment, one that likely includes physical therapy or chiropractic care for the spine.

Along with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), physical therapy or chiropractic treatment remains one of the best long term solutions for mediating back pain. Core strengthening exercises will help in developing muscles along the spinal column and throughout the torso, lessening the load on compromised spinal discs and decreasing the incidence of compressed spinal nerves. Many physical therapy exercises can also be done at home, providing back pain patients with an affordable solution to maximizing their long-term mobility and mediating pain levels.

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Living a preventive lifestyle and encouraging back injury prevention is also an excellent supplement to a physical therapy regimen. Proper weight management, healthy dieting, hydration, adequate sleep, and regular cardiovascular exercise are all elements of a preventive lifestyle and serve to combat a wide variety of illnesses and conditions, back pain among them. Keeping your weight at a healthy level will reduce wear on your back muscles, spinal discs, facet joints, and all other joints in your body. Physical therapy will help maintain your strength and balance as you age, while a preventive lifestyle will help maintain your overall quality of life at a high level.

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Doctors at the Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI) in Houston have significant expertise treating many patients suffering from low back pain and neck pain, without the need for surgery on the spine.  When surgery is necessary, the latest techniques in minimally invasive surgery of the spine are available.

The Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI) in Houston TX takes care of patients in Houston and the surrounding areas, including Sugarland, Woodlands, Katy, Spring, Sealy, Baytown, Pearland, Beaumont, Galleria, Conroe, Humble, Kingwood, Port Arthur, Galveston, Texas Medical Center  (TMC) and other Texas TX cities including Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin.

If you have SUFFERED AN INJURY, you can contact the Kraus Back and Neck Institute at

…….  281-713-6296

…….  Or visit  www.SpineHealth.com  to schedule an appointment online

 

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Dehydration and the Spine review by KBNI Houston, Katy, Woodlands, Sugarland, Kingwood, Spring, Conroe, Beaumont, Baytown, Pearland

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Dehydration and the Spine

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Our spinal column wears naturally over time, gradually degenerating according to age and lifestyle. This means that muscles along the spinal column slowly lose elasticity and mass, while spinal discs (the shock-absorbing pads between our vertebrae) lose pliability and height while becoming harder and less capable of bearing shock. The ends of our facet joints (the joints that link the vertebrae and allow for the articulation of the spinal column) are encased in cartilage which also naturally wears over time. Wear and tear on all of the spinal column’s components is exacerbated by lifestyle choices: obesity (excess weight) , repeated heavy lifting and twisting, overextension, and long periods of sedentary activity.

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dehydration, spinal column, spinal disks, back pain, obesity, nutrition, dieting, back injury prevention, physical therapy, Houston

Dehydration also has negative consequences for the spinal column, but many people do not realize its’ risks. A patient in a dehydrated or near-dehydrated state exacerbates the wear on all of his or her joints, including the facet joints in the spinal column. This puts nearby spinal nerves at risk, as dehydrated spinal discs are thinner and vertebrae are physically closer together than they would be otherwise. Incidence of compressed spinal nerves (and corresponding sharp back pain and extremity pain) is higher when dehydrated spinal discs and facet joints are unable to keep nearby vertebrae from impinging on spinal nerves.

A preventive lifestyle can go a long way toward preventing dehydration-related back pain. Proper weight management, regular cardiovascular exercise, healthy dieting (nutrition) , hydration and adequate rest are all pillars of the preventive lifestyle physicians recommend for combating a wide variety of illnesses, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. If you live an active lifestyle or engage in physically strenuous activity for work or during recreation, consider supplementing your water with electrolytes.

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While proper hydration may help mediate your back pain, it will not likely be cured by hydration alone. You should explore other long-term strategies, such as physical therapy, chiropractic, to mediate pain levels. Physical therapy for the spine performed by a physical therapist, or chiropractic performed by a chiropractor, develops muscles along the spinal column and throughout the torso. These muscles assist degenerated spinal discs and facet joints in managing the body’s weight distribution and can relieve pressure from the body’s joints. Physical therapy also represents a long-term solution for back pain, as it mediates pain levels and helps patients retain their mobility as they age. Before implementing a regimen, however, patients are advised to check with their physicians to verify that the stability of their spinal column is up to the challenge. Doctors will most likely need several checkups (including imaging tests) to determine a course of treatment that’s right for you.

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Experts in spine at the Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI) are extremely experienced at treating a large variety of disorders of the spine, which may cause pain in the neck, low back, or the arms or legs.  While non-surgical measures are implemented most of the time, surgery on the spine (including the most advanced minimally invasive spine surgery techniques) are available when needed.

Patients suffering from neck pain or lower back pain, or who have been told they may require a spine surgery, can contact the Kraus Back and Neck Institute at

…….  281-713-6296

…….  Or visit www.SpineHealth.com to SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT ONLINE

 

KBNI cares for patients in Houston and the surrounding areas, including Sugarland, Woodlands, Katy, Spring, Sealy, Baytown, Pearland, Beaumont, Galleria, Tomball, Conroe, Humble, Kingwood, Port Arthur, Galveston, Memorial City, Texas Medical Center  (TMC) and other Texas TX cities including Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin.

 

 

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Emerging Robotics and the Spine review by KBNI Houston, Katy, Sugarland, Woodlands, Spring, Conroe, Beaumont, Kingwood, Baytown

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Emerging Robotics and the Spine

 

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Conventional back surgery is a costly process with a long period of post-operative care. Depending on the severity of the damage to the spinal column, months of physical therapy may be necessary to re-develop damaged muscles and restore patient mobility. Physicians generally make deep lacerations into the muscles along the spinal column, prolonging the recovery process for the sake of having vision of the surgical site. In addition to prolonging recovery via requiring months of physical therapy, this practice also exposes the patient to a higher risk for surgical site infection (SSI). As such, surgeons are on the lookout for new techniques that minimize damage around the incision sites as well as maximize the chances for patient safety during recovery.

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Minimally-invasive back surgery has improved upon traditional techniques by allowing for smaller, less destructive incisions at the surgical site. Rather than deep lacerations which are then pulled aside allowing the surgeon to see the injury, minimally-invasive back surgery uses a tubular retractor to open a direct pipeline to the site. Pieces necessary for the surgery, such as screws or plates to stabilize a compromised spinal column, are then fed through the tubular retractor to complete the surgery.

Robot-guided back surgery looks to further improve this process. Essentially, robot-guided back surgery uses a system that compiles data from a computerized tomography scan (CT scan) of each patient. This scan is then fed into a 3D planning system which allows the surgeon to make calculations in three-dimensional space prior to the surgery beginning. A robot also accompanies the surgeon during the operation, mainly to reduce the possibility of human error by indicating with a high degree of precision the places where the surgeon needs to make his or her adjustments. Ideally, robot-guided back surgery will serve to reduce the post-operative care period even further, necessitating less intensive physical therapy to regain patient mobility.

The laser is sometimes used in surgery.  The laser is a tool which allows the surgeon to vaporize tissue, without the need for pulling or cutting it.  The laser can cut, or coagulate, depending upon the type of laser, and the settings of the laser.

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Nanotechnology (a field that involves changing the properties of matter on an extraordinarily small scale) also shows promising implications for a wide variety of medical disciplines, including back surgery. Presently, researchers are working on ways to regenerate damaged nerve cells in patients with spinal cord injuries, since these specialized nerve cells are unable to repair themselves. Nanotechnology may also be able to improve back surgery in the future by further reducing recovery time and allowing patients to retain a greater portion of their long-term mobility. The practices involved will likely lead to “smarter” medications that more efficiently bind to the body’s varying receptors, allowing patientsgreater control over their pain levels during post-operative care.

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The Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI) in Houston TX treats patients with neck and low back pain.  Experts use non-surgical means when possible, but employ minimally invasive surgical techniques when appropriate.  KBNI cares for patients in Houston and the surrounding areas, including Sugarland, Woodlands, Katy, Spring, Sealy, Baytown, Pearland, Beaumont, Galleria, Tomball, Conroe, Humble, Kingwood, Port Arthur, Galveston, Memorial City, Texas Medical Center  (TMC) and other Texas TX cities including Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin.

Patients suffering from neck pain or lower back pain, or who have been told they may require a spine surgery, can contact the Kraus Back and Neck Institute at

…….  281-713-6296

…….  Or visit www.SpineHealth.com to SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT ONLINE

 

 

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Proper Lifting Techniques for Your Spine review by KBNI Houston, Beaumont, Port Arthur, Katy Sugarland, Woodlands, TMC

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Proper Lifting Techniques for Your Spine

 

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Simply put, many members of the public do not know how to lift while protecting their backs. Improper lifting techniques are one of the most common reasons for damage to the spinal column, including slipped spinal discs (the shock-absorbing pads between our vertebrae), torn muscles, compressed spinal nerves and chronic low back pain. When lifting, be sure to stay balanced and hold the weight close to your body. Weight held far away from the body while lifting multiplies the pressure placed on the spinal discs and muscles and can result in extremely sharp back pain. Also, make an effort to reduce torsional (twisting) movement while lifting. When you twist your back with significant weight in your arms / hands, you place a much higher weight on each side of the spine in isolation as you twist. This increases the likelihood of compressed spinal nerves as well as the chances for injury.

 

When lifting, engage your hips, legs, feet, and gluteus maximus muscles (buttocks). Keep the weight close to your body, and don’t waste energy twisting: have a destination in mind before you lift the object. If you have a history of back pain, be sure to discuss your potential lifting limits with your physician prior to undertaking a project. If degeneration in your spinal discs has compromised the integrity of your spinal column, you may have to limit yourself and make multiple trips even for relatively light projects (e.g. groceries).

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To supplement proper lifting techniques, talk to your doctor about physical therapy exercises you may be able to do at home. Physical therapy for the spine is typically focused on developing strong core muscles in the torso and along the spinal column. When strengthened, these muscles will assist the spinal discs, muscles, joints, and ligaments in managing the body’s weight distribution during routine movement. Keep in mind that your pain levels will likely fluctuate widely during physical therapy depending on the muscles engaged. Continue checking in with your physician to adjust your exercise regimen as needed. In the meantime, mediate your pain levels with over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen and acetaminophen.

 

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If, despite physical therapy and pain medication, you still cannot complete routine daily tasks without extreme back pain, back surgery may be necessary. A variety of procedures (such as spinal fusion, which fuses vertebrae together to combat spinal disc-related nerve pain) can be used to restore stability to the spinal column, reduce long-term pain levels, and ultimately maintain mobility as we age.

 

The Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI) in Houston TX cares for patients in Houston and the surrounding areas, including Sugarland, Woodlands, Katy, Spring, Sealy, Baytown, Pearland, Beaumont, Galleria, Tomball, Conroe, Humble, Kingwood, Port Arthur, Galveston, Memorial City, Texas Medical Center  (TMC) and other Texas TX cities including Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin.

Patients suffering from neck pain or lower back pain, or who have been told they may require a spine surgery, can contact the Kraus Back and Neck Institute at

…….  281-713-6296

…….  Or visit www.SpineHealth.com to SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT ONLINE

……. KBNI VIDEO on Back and Neck Pain Treatment : Don’t Live in Fear and Pain

 

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Opioid Pain Medication for the Spine: Information and Precautions review KBNI Houston, Katy, Sugarland, Woodlands, Spring, Memorial City

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OPIOID PAIN MEDICATION FOR THE SPINE; INFORMATION AND PRECAUTIONS

 

For many patients with chronic back pain, over-the-counter pain medication will be enough to mediate their pain levels and restore enough mobility for them to go about their daily lives. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen help to reduce inflammation in the body, often easing nerve-related pain by reducing inflammation at the site of the compressed spinal nerves. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medication is generally powerful enough to help patients with torn muscles, herniated spinal discs  (the shock-absorbing pads between our vertebrae) and other mild-to-moderate structural problems within the spine.

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Occasionally, a patient’s back pain is severe enough to warrant other solutions. Physicians typically advocate more conservative treatments, such as a physical therapy regimen designed to develop muscles along the spinal column and in the torso. Core-strengthening exercises allow muscles to relieve spinal discs, facet joints (the joints that link our vertebrae), and ligaments of some of the stresses of everyday movement. A strong torso through physical therapy can usually improve a patient’s mobility significantly if supplemented with over-the-counter pain medication to mediate acute pain levels during the course of treatment.

 

Physical therapy may not always be enough to correct the structural problems within the spine, however. Compromised spinal discs can lead to nerve damage over time, due to nearby spinal nerves bearing a higher risk for compression from everyday movement. Damaged or degenerated spinal discs are often thinner, harder, and less capable of bearing shock than normal discs. As such, physicians may be required to advocate back surgery as a possible solution to maintaining a patient’s long-term health. In the case of compromised spinal discs, sometimes a spinal fusion procedure is necessary to fuse vertebrae and stabilize the spinal column against future

 

In the first few weeks (or even months) of post-operative care, back surgery patients can expect elevated pain levels as their bodies attempt to heal and adjust to a new lifestyle. During this period, doctors may prescribe opioid pain medication (also known as narcotic pain medication) to help patients go about their daily lives without excessive back pain.

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Some common narcotic pain medicines are

 

  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl (Duragesic) — available as a patch
  • Hydrocodone ( Vicodin) (Norco)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Meperidine (Demerol)
  • Morphine (MS Contin)
  • Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet, Percodan)
  • Tramadol (Ultram)

 

Essentially, these medications work by reducing the number of pain signals sent to the brain, allowing back pain patients to re-gain mobility even in the face of high pain levels. Unfortunately, many types of opioid pain medication are addictive and can inhibit endorphin (the body’s natural painkillers) production if used over the long-term. Back pain patients utilizing opioid pain medication should see their physicians frequently to minimize the risk for addiction and long-term complications.

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Physician experts at the Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI) in Houston, TX, have significant experience in diagnosing and treating spinal facet joint pain.  The Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI) in Houston TX cares for patients in Houston and the surrounding areas, including Sugarland, Woodlands, Katy, Spring, Sealy, Baytown, Pearland, Beaumont, Galleria, Tomball, Conroe, Humble, Kingwood, Port Arthur, Galveston, Memorial City, Texas Medical Center  (TMC) and other Texas TX cities including Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin.

 

Patients suffering from neck pain or lower back pain, or who have been told they may require a spine surgery, can contact the Kraus Back and Neck Institute at

…….  281-713-6296

…….  Or visit www.SpineHealth.com to SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT ONLINE

……. KBNI VIDEO on Back and Neck Pain Treatment : Don’t Live in Fear and Pain

 

 

 

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Spinal Nerve Compression: When to Seek Medical Consultation review by KBNI Houston, Sugarland, Woodlands, Katy, Spring, Kingwood, Humble, Memorial City, Tomball

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Spinal Nerve Compression: When to Seek Medical Consultation

Spinal Nerve Compression: When to Seek Medical Consultation review by KBNI Houston

Spinal Nerve Compression: When to Seek Medical Consultation review by KBNI Houston

Housed within the spinal canal, the spinal nerves provide sensation to most of the body. Generally, compressed spinal nerves happen as a result of age-related degeneration of the spinal discs (the shock-absorbing pads between our vertebrae). As we grow older, spinal discs become thinner, harder, and less pliable, reducing their ability to absorb the stresses of everyday movement. Spinal nerves may also be compressed through serious trauma, such as improper lifting techniques or accidents.

Back pain related to spinal nerve compression is generally quite sharp and significantly reduces mobility in patients. Immediate treatment options include over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which often reduce pain levels enough for the patient to explore other options for treatment. Physical therapy or treatment by a chiropractor represent both a short-term and long-term solution, as strong muscles in the torso and along the spinal column will assist spinal discs in bearing the body’s stresses. This in turn will reduce the incidence of compressed spinal nerves.

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Occasionally, more conservative treatments like physical therapy or treatment by a chiropractor and pain medication aren’t enough to treat a patient’s nerve-related back pain. When a patient experiences muscle weakness along with nerve pain, it’s time to explore other treatment options. Physicians will likely order imaging exams (magnetic resonance imaging, x-rays) to confirm that spinal nerves are being compressed, as well as what the offending structure (e.g. bone spur) might be. After thorough analysis, physicians can then make recommendations on augmenting physical therapy or treatment by a chiropractor to better suit the patient’s pain levels or explore other options entirely. Major back surgery may be necessary to mechanically decompress  the offending nerves or to remove the obstruction responsible for compression.

If patients are regularly experiencing compressed spinal nerves outside the context of heavy lifting, see your doctor. Provide detailed, truthful information regarding your work history, lifestyle, and exercise habits. Be sure to account for any recreational activities that may also have been responsible, as the physician can only make an accurate prescription for course of treatment if he or she has all the relevant information. Combined with the results of your imaging exams, physicians will then direct your course of treatment according to the severity of the nerve compression. Back surgery or surgery for herniated disc may be an option, but it is possible that more conservative treatments will mediate your back pain to the point where more extensive treatment will not be needed. It is advised that you immediately contact your physician if your pain becomes sharper and more constant, or if you experience muscle weakness or loss of bladder control. All of these issues can indicate impending nerve damage.

Neurosurgeons at the Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI) in Houston, TX have significant experiencing treating pain and nerve compression.  When conservative measures fail, or if otherwise indicated, the latest techniques in minimally invasive spine surgery are used to help relieve pain.

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The Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI) in Houston TX cares for patients in Houston and the surrounding areas, including Sugarland, Woodlands, Katy, Spring, Sealy, Baytown, Pearland, Beaumont, Galleria, Tomball, Conroe, Humble, Kingwood, Port Arthur, Galveston, Memorial City, Texas Medical Center  (TMC) and other Texas TX cities including Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin.

Patients suffering from neck pain or lower back pain, or who have been told they may require a spine surgery, can contact the Kraus Back and Neck Institute at

…….  281-713-6296

…….  Or visit www.SpineHealth.com to SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT ONLINE

……. KBNI VIDEO on Back and Neck Pain Treatment : Don’t Live in Fear and Pain

 

 

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Mobility during Recovery from Back Surgery review by KBNI Houston, Katy, Sugarland, Woodlands, Spring, Kingwood, Memorial City

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MOBILITY DURING RECOVERY FROM BACK SURGERY

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Normally, back surgery is treated as a last resort if more conservative treatments (i.e., physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, anti-inflammatory drugs, facet joint injections, etc.) have failed to adequately reduce pain levels and restore mobility. Physicians and patients alike should approach back surgery as a calculated risk, one taken to maximize long-term health and mobility while giving the patient the best chance at consistently low-to-moderate pain levels during recovery. Post-operative care is a different matter entirely, however, as many patients aren’t prepared for the loss in mobility that comes after major back surgery. Large incisions, which in many back procedures are necessary to give the surgeon vision of the damaged portion of the spine, also can severely damage muscles and other soft tissue along the spinal column. This trauma greatly reduces patient mobility during post-operative care, as the muscles have essentially been rendered unable to do their jobs.

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For patients, compromised mobility can present maddening challenges during post-operative care, not to mention complications. For example, surgical site infection (SSI) occurs from contamination of the surgical site, either during the operation itself or at some point during recovery. SSI is particularly dangerous if the contamination is internal, such as a contaminated plate or screw that has been implanted to stabilize the spinal column (lumbar fusion) . Patients will most likely be unable to adequately check their own incision sites for signs of infection, so family members and friends may be needed for not only this task, but to change the patient’s dressing as well.

Physical therapy / chiropractic therapy during post-operative care for back surgery is generally focused on preserving long-term mobility. If the muscles along the spinal column that were damaged by the surgeon’s incisions are not adequately worked during recovery, patients may soon find themselves incapable of bending and twisting beyond the physician’s weight-related restrictions. In other words, avoiding physical therapy can potentially result in a permanent reduction in range of motion. On the other hand, too much activity can de-stabilize implanted devices and re-tear healing muscles, prolonging the healing process and increasing the likelihood for additional corrective surgeries.

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Physicians will likely recommend several checkup visits during post-operative care in order to accurately gauge your progress and make necessary adjustments to your physical therapy regimen. Some back pain is normal and expected, but if your pain changes suddenly or begins to radiate through your ribs, legs, or arms, seek medical attention. Radiating back pain and muscle weakness often signals spinal nerve compression, which over the long-term may cause nerve damage and permanent loss of sensation. Over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help mediate pain levels, though during the initial healing process, physicians may authorize stronger prescription pain medication.

Physician experts at the Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI) in Houston TX have significant experience at taking care of patients with back problems, back injuries and other sources of back and neck pain.  They frequently see patients who are suffering from the symptom of neck pain, low back pain, and mid back pain, and have never received imaging studies of the spine.  Physicians at the KBNI will order the appropriate spinal imaging studies of the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine as needed, and review the results with the patient.

The Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI) in Houston TX takes care of patients in Houston and the surrounding areas, including Sugarland, Woodlands, Katy, Spring, Sealy, Baytown, Pearland, Beaumont, Galleria, Conroe, Humble, Kingwood, Port Arthur, Galveston, Memorial City, Texas Medical Center  (TMC) and other Texas TX cities including Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin.

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Whiplash is the informal term for a medical condition in which the neck muscles, ligaments, or vertebrae have been extended beyond their everyday range of motion, typically as the result of physical trauma from an accident or injury. For example, during a rear-end automobile motor vehicle accident in which a driver does not have time to brace for impact, the cervical (neck) region of the spinal column can be snapped forward and back in a motion similar to the crack of a whip. Hyperextension then occurs in the neck muscles and can also be accompanied by displacement of cervical vertebrae.

For minor strains, neurological injury may not be present, but the patient may experience straining of the muscles and ligaments.  Initial rest followed by strengthening may be beneficial.  Experts at strengthening include those who provide therapy (physical therapy) as well as chiropractic treatment with a chiropractor.

Normally, whiplash occurs as the result of automobile accidents, but may be caused by contact sports or deliberate physical abuse (such as being shaken or punched). Symptoms include dizziness, fatigue, headaches that radiate from the base of the skull, and neck pain or stiffness. Mild whiplash is typically treated with pain relievers and anti-inflammatories with no long-term complications. More severe whiplash may cause pain to radiate down to the shoulders and arms, or produce tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness in the arms. These injuries signal compression of the spinal nerves or spinal cord, which run the length of the spinal column while providing sensation to most of the body. Long-term loss of sensation may occur if these spinal nerves suffer substantial physical trauma.

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If a patient’s whiplash induced neck pain levels are not addressed by over-the-counter pain medications, or if the neck pain has not subsided after a few days, immediate medical consultation is advised. Physicians will conduct a physical exam to test the patient’s mobility. Should the cervical region’s mobility be sufficiently compromised, imaging tests (X-rays, CT scans, or magnetic resonance imaging) may be necessary to gauge the extent of the damage as well as to evaluate possible courses of treatment.

In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to repair whiplash damaged vertebrae, ensure cervical stability, or relieve pressure on the spinal cord. As the cervical region is more delicate than other parts of the spine, post-operative care will often include very specific physical therapy designed to strengthen the muscles that support the neck. Stronger neck muscles will lower the incidence of future whiplash, in addition to helping the body more efficiently distribute the weight of the skull without causing long-term complications.

Strengthening of the neck can involve physical therapy or chiropractic treatment with a chiropractor.  There are some differences and many similarities with the therapy provided by physical therapy and the chiropractic treatment provided by a chiropractor.  Ultimately, strong muscles in the neck help to reduce the risk of whiplash and neck injury in the future.  Health of the muscles in important for neck and back health.

The Kraus Back and Neck Institute in Houston, TX, serves patients in the Houston and surrounding areas, including Katy, the Woodlands, Spring, Humble, Kingwood, Sugarland, Pearland, Atascocita, Friendswood, Memorial City, Galleria, Bryan, College Station, Baytown, Beaumont and Port Arthur. In addition, accommodations can be made for patients from Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth.

The Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI)has significant experience with patients suffering injury or trauma to the neck and back.  This may have been from a motor vehicle accident or other injury.  The KBNI has found that, after treating thousands of patients, most can be treated and have their neck pain and symptoms improved without the need of an operation.  When surgery on the spine is needed, they offer the most advanced techniques in minimally invasive spine surgery.

To arrange a consultation for review at the Kraus Back and Neck Institute in Houston

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Spinal Stenosis or Lumbar Stenosis Causes Low Back Pain and Leg Pain, Houston, Woodlands, Sugarland, Katy, Humble, Kingwood, Memorial City, Beaumont, Port Arthur

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Depending on where in the spinal column it manifests, spinal stenosis can be an extremely serious condition. Lumbar (low back) spinal stenosis involves the compression of spinal nerves that run along the spinal column. Spinal nerve compression typically causes decreased mobility accompanied by very sharp lower back pain. This type of spinal nerve compression also produces sciatica, which is normally a radiating or shooting pain down one or both of the legs. Lumbar spinal stenosis is normally less serious, given that the spinal cord is not at risk for compression. Cervical spinal stenosis, however, is potentially far more dangerous. The cervical spinal cord can be compressed, causing nerve damage and, if left untreated, paralysis.  When a patient experiences lumbar spinal stenosis, symptoms of pain in the lower extremities typically increases when standing or walking, but improves when sitting.  This is because the ligamentum flavum, which is the “yellow” ligament which lies behind the nerves, buckles when standing, but stretches and therefore thins when bending or sitting, thus thinning out and relieving pressure on the nerves in the lumbar spine.  The pain which a patient experiences in the legs when standing is different than the pain of “vascular claudication” which is pain in the lower extremities which occurs when a patient is walking.  This vascular claudication or leg pain results from increases activity of the muscles of the legs, without adequate blood supply to the muscles, because of narrowing of the arteries feeding the muscles in the leg.

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There are several different possible causes for spinal stenosis, and physicians will normally need to conduct imaging tests (CT scans, magnetic resonance imaging MRI , and X-rays) to determine the best course of treatment. Excessive bone growth, herniated (slipped) spinal discs, tumors, overly thick spinal ligaments, and physical trauma can all potentially cause spinal stenosis. Since these problems may need corrective surgery, physicians may require several tests to ensure an accurate diagnosis. In the case of spinal tumors, this will often include a biopsy to determine whether the mass is malignant, as well as if the cancer has spread to other regions of the body.

Surgery to correct lumbar spinal stenosis is typically called a decompressive lumbar laminectomy, which is a surgery of the lumbar spine to remove the back of the spine, the lamina and spinous processes, and remove the ligamentum flavum, to give the nerves more room, and take away pressure on the nerves.

Several medications, such as anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, and pain relievers, will often be administered during post-operative care. Physical therapy will also form a cornerstone of a patient’s recovery from spinal stenosis. Physicians typically prescribe a regimen of core strengthening exercises to build up the network of ligaments, muscles, and tendons around the spinal column in order to maximize their ability to assist the spine in bearing the stresses of movement. Increased blood flow and nutrition from aerobic activity will also help in maintaining optimal core strength. Patients should complete their entire physical therapy regimen, as well as adopting long-term core strengthening exercises to lower pain levels and reduce the possibility of subsequent back surgeries.

Spine experts at the Kraus Back and Neck Institute have significant experience treating patients with lumbar spinal stenosis and cervical spinal stenosis.  Patients are treated from Houston and the surrounding areas, including Woodlands, Sugarland, Katy, Humble, Kingwood, Memorial City, Beaumont and Port Arthur.

“So don’t live in fear and pain.”  Come see the experts at the Kraus Back and Neck Institute in Houston, TX.
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Sacroiliac Joint Injections SI Joint and Lower Back Pain Treatment in Houston, Woodlands, Katy, Sugarland, Memorial City, Humble, Conroe, Beaumont, College Station, Galleria

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The sacroiliac joints ( SI joint )are formed between the sacrum (a triangular bone that forms the base of the spinal column) and the ilium (hip bone). A thin layer of cartilage helps the joints articulate, as is the case with the intervertebral joints. Due to their fundamental role in load-bearing and motion, the sacroiliac joints are susceptible to degeneration resulting from repetitive motion, stress, lifting, and excessive use. Patients who suffer from chronic lower back pain may be candidates for sacroiliac joint injections, but accurate diagnosis is essential, given that sacroiliac joint injections administered to a patient with a different condition may be completely ineffective in addressing a patient’s back pain.  Diagnosis is very important in the treatment of lower back pain.  It is not sufficient to treat the symptoms of lower back pain, but it is best to make the best efforts at finding the cause of the lower back pain, and then treat that casue.

Lower back pain experts at the Kraus Back and Neck Institute in Houston TX, have significant experience in helping patients who have been suffering from lower back pain for a short or long period of time.  They treat patients throughout the Houston area, as well as areas neighboring Houston such as the Woodlands, Katy, Sugarland, Memorial City, Humble, Conroe, Beaumont, College Station, and Galleria.  Patients  also travel from Austin, Dallas / Ft Worth, and San Antonio.

Physicians typically administer several different physical exams to help them reach an accurate diagnosis: the Gillette test, the Faber maneuver, the Fortin finger test, and the Gaenslen test may all be used, depending on where a patient reports pain in the spinal column. All of these physical exams deal with the sacroiliac joints performing a specific kind of motion—if the patient’s mobility is compromised, he or she may be a candidate for sacroiliac joint ( SI joint ) injections. Further consensus is reached by specific imaging tests: CT scans, X-rays, or magnetic resonance imaging, which also help to rule out other causes of lower back pain.

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The procedure itself typically involves the injection of a corticosteroid into the sacroiliac joint ( SI joint ). A local anesthetic numbs the injection site, while dye accompanies the injection to ensure  coverage of the sacroiliac joint injection (SI joint ). Corticosteroids act as an anti-inflammatory agent within the joint, ideally reducing pain from load-bearing stress for up to a year. A regimen of physical therapy, proper weight management, and healthy dieting with proper nutrition and nutritional supplements will further help to maximize the positive effects of the procedure. If a patient does not engage in physical therapy to strengthen the support network of muscles around the spinal column, further degeneration of the sacroiliac joint will occur at an accelerated pace.  This could lead to worsening or more chronic lower back pain.  Core strengthening is very important to preventing and improving lower back pain.  If one would eventually require a lower back surgery which involves a fusion, it is important to stop smoking before the spinal fusion surgery, as smoking will decrease likelihood  of a successful fusion of bone occurring.

Since the corticosteroid’s effectiveness will eventually wear off, sacroiliac joint injections are viewed as a short-term solution to reducing a patient’s back pain. Long-term focus must be placed on living a healthy, preventative lifestyle designed to maximize the life of the joint and minimize pain. Physical therapy may include instruction on new ways of lifting, standing, walking, and load-bearing.   If lower back pain is persistent, and the SI joint injections improve the pain, then one can consider rhizotomies (burning of the nerves to the SI joint) of nerves to the SI joint, or SI joint fusion.

The Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI) has vast experience in treating patients with lower back pain.   Patients suffering from lower back pain can call the KBNI to arrange for an evaluation. Patients do not need to have had any types of imaging or other studies.   Lower back pain experts at the Kraus Back and Neck Institute will order the appropriate studies.  In  the majority of cases, lower back pain can be treated without the need for surgery.  If surgery is needed, neurosurgeons at the Kraus Back and Neck Institute have tremendous experience in utilizing the appropriate surgery on the lower back, to get patients back to their normal life as quickly and seamlessly as possible.

Patients in the Houston and surrounding areas (Woodlands, Katy, Sugarland, Memorial City, Humble, Conroe, Beaumont, College Station, Galleria) are welcome to be evaluated, or come in for questions.

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How Smoking Affects Spinal Fusion and Surgeries – Back and Neck Houston, Katy, Humble, Woodlands, Sugar Land, Kingwood, Memorial City, Austin, Dallas, Ft Worth, San Antonio

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Spinal fusion is a procedure which fuses two or more vertebrae in the spinal column together. This surgical procedure can compensate for spinal discs (shock-absorbing pads between each vertebra) that have degenerated to the point where the spinal nerves are at risk for compression. The stress of major back surgery is such that smokers will often be tempted to smoke more in the aftermath and during recovery. Dr. Gary Kraus and Dr. Masaki Oishi at the Kraus Back and Neck Institute in Houston TX, have extensive history of performing fusion of the spine, including the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.  They have several offices around Houston serving patients in Houston, Kingwood, Humble, Katy, Woodlands, Pearland, Memorial City, Quite simply, it is absolutely preferable that patients cease smoking for at least two months prior to spinal fusion and for at least six months after any major bone alteration within the spinal column. Better still if patients are able to quit smoking indefinitely. Nicotine, one of the primary addictive chemicals in cigarettes, is toxic to bone growth. The balance of the body’s osteoblasts (bone-growing cells) and osteoclasts (bone-eating cells) is severely compromised by smoking during both the pre- and post-operative periods. Large decreases in the number of osteoblasts means that bone generative capacity is vastly reduced, signaling a long (and possibly ineffective) spinal fusion process. Normally, patients decide on spinal fusion and similar back surgery due to increases in back pain and a corresponding decrease in mobility. If patients continue to smoke during the post-operative period, bone fusion—if it even takes place—will take much longer. This means that patients will face many more months of decreased mobility and elevated levels of back pain. Though a nicotine addiction may be strong, abstinence from smoking during the pre- and post-operative period will shorten recovery time significantly. Non-smoking patients will also be more capable of participating in aerobic portions of physical therapy, which stimulate the flow of blood and oxygen to areas around the spinal column. This extra nutrition will further speed the process of recovery. Though the precise method of physical rehabilitation may depend on the complexity of the spinal surgery and the patient’s overall health, the absence of nicotine from the patient’s daily life will optimize his or her chances at an effective spinal fusion. Patients suffering from low back pain and neck pain can easily make an appointment and be seen at the Kraus Back and Neck Institute in Houston and surrounding areas.  No imaging or other studies are needed to be seen.  The doctors at the Kraus Back and Neck Institute will order the appropriate testing.

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                   Reducing Neck Pain

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Along with low back pain, neck pain is one of the most prolific afflictions of the modern workplace. Millions of workers across the globe work in positions that are mainly sedentary, many of which requiring long hours in the sitting position. This translates into increased stress on the cervical vertebrae (upper spine) and the intervertebral discs (shock-absorbing pads between each vertebra), as well as elevated levels of muscle tension in the upper spinal column. As the duration of muscle tension increases, the muscles themselves are deprived of blood and oxygen. They can eventually begin to spasm, which leads to sharp pain and a chance of compressing spinal nerves that run through the vertebrae.

The Kraus Back and Neck Institute located in Houston, TX, has vast experience treating patients with neck pain.  Conveniently located with offices through the Houston area, patients are seen from Katy, Galleria, Memorial City, Sugar Land, Pearland, Inner Loop, the Woodlands, Kingwood, Humble, Splendora, Conroe and Magnolia.  For those patients traveling from Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth, San Antonio, or other cities across the United States, travel accommodations can be arranged.

Fortunately, due to most incidence of neck pain being the result of sedentary work, there are many ways in which to reduce most patients’ pain levels. First, patients are advised to be conscious of their daily activity. If you find yourself staring at your computer monitor or desk for extended periods of time, give your body frequent breaks. Take five to ten minutes of every hour and get up, walk around, and rotate the neck and shoulder blades. Light aerobic activity and muscle movement will increase blood circulation, bringing nutrition and oxygen to your muscles. This will help prevent cramping and muscle spasms in addition to reducing neck pain.

Other common neck strengthening exercises include slow, deliberate stretches, head rotations / neck rolls, and shoulder shrugs. This will help develop the network of supporting muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the upper spinal column. Some patients, however, may suffer from more than simple hypomobility (low mobility). If a regimen of physical therapy does not significantly improve a patient’s range of motion and decrease pain levels, a structural deformity, disease, or spinal fracture may be the cause. Physicians typically employ imaging exams—CT scans, magnetic resonance imaging, and X-rays—to determine whether structural problems are the problem. Neck surgery may be necessary, in addition to a lengthy post-operative period of physical therapy and rest.

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The Kraus Back and Neck Institute sees patients who have neck pain, arm pain, and other disorders of the spine.  Patients do not need any imaging studies or other tests.  Appropriate testing can be ordered after patients are evaluated.  Most patients suffering from neck pain can be treated successfully without the need for surgery.

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                             Core Strengthening Exercises help Low Back Pain

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Neck pain and low back pain are some of the most common maladies of modern workers. Due to the sedentary nature of most office work, muscles in the torso can atrophy to the point where they no longer effectively help the spinal column in bearing most of the body’s weight. This in turn places more stress on the spinal column, which can accelerate the degeneration of the intervertebral discs (shock-absorbing pads that lie in between each vertebra).

Neurosurgeon experts Dr. Kraus and Dr. Oishi, at the Kraus Back and Neck Institute in Houston, TX, have found over the years of practice in treating many thousands of patients, that most patients will improve their neck pain and low back pain without the need of an operation.  Core strengthening exercises are part of an entire program of treatment which will help patients suffering from neck pain or low back pain.  The Kraus Back and Neck Institute treats patients from the Houston and surrounding areas, including the Woodlands, Katy, Spring, Galleria, Memorial City, as well as other cities in Texas including Austin, Dallas Fort Worth and San Antonio.

The first line of defense against back pain—even when physicians become involved—is often core strengthening exercises. Developing muscles in the abdomen and around the spinal column will allow natural bodyweight and the stress of movement to be more evenly distributed. This will decrease wear on the spinal joints and discs. Licensed medical professionals may prescribe a regimen of physical therapy designed to reach this goal. Imaging tests, such as CT scans, X-rays, and magnetic resonance imaging, are also options to determine if the problem is related to inactivity (hypomobility) or if the problem is tied to an underlying structural deformity, such as scoliosis or spinal fracture.

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After an accurate diagnosis has been made, it is crucial that patients continue to perform their physical therapy / physical medicine regimens to their requisite frequency and duration. Patients who complete a physical therapy program—and who even afterward continue in maintaining core strength—report demonstrably lower levels of pain, as well as fewer spinal injuries. Proper weight management, a healthy diet, and nutritional supplements will also help greatly during a core strengthening physical therapy regimen. Pain relief or improvement will not be immediate, but proper core strengthening exercises conducted on a consistent basis will have a long term effect on improving low back pain and neck pain.

As for the core strengthening exercises themselves, physical therapy routines may be specially crafted for patients based on where in the spinal column the patient’s pain is originating. Mainstays include exercise balls, light aerobics, and stretching, as well as traditional core strengthening exercises like yoga and Tai-Chi. Emphasis is normally placed on flexibility, strength, prolonging mobility, and minimizing pain. Aerobic activity helps stimulate muscles, flooding the torso with blood and oxygen, while light weight training builds resistance and load-bearing capabilities.

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Herniated Disc Injury (Motor Vehicle Injury, Truck Injury) : Review of Treatment in Houston Katy Woodlands Spring Humble Baytown Beaumont Port Arthur

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                         Herniated Disc Injury (Motor Vehicle Injury, Truck Injury)

 

 

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Spinal discs are the pads between each vertebra of the spinal column. They act as shock absorbers for the body, compensating for the stresses of everyday movement: running, jumping, sitting, standing, walking, etc. Each disc has a tough, durable exterior but is filled with a soft, jelly-like material. Herniated discs occur when stress (usually from natural wear and tear as we age, but occasionally from improper lifting or other kinds of physical trauma) (motor vehicle injury, truck injury) pushes some of the softer material through a rupture in the exterior portion of the disc. This can aggravate or compress nearby spinal nerves, causing extreme pain. Depending on the seriousness of the spinal nerve compression, back pain may be accompanied by numbness, muscle weakness, tingling, and a shooting or radiating pain in any of the extremities. If any of these symptoms accompany a patient’s back pain, immediate medical consultation is advised. Continual compression of spinal nerves can lead to permanent damage, which may include a loss of sensation.  Experts at the Kraus Back and Neck Institute in Houston, TX, have significant experience treating thousands of patients suffering from the low back pain, leg pain and sciatica of herniated discs in the lumbar spine.  Dr. Gary Kraus and Dr. Masaki Oishi take a very conservative approach to treating patients suffering from these disorders, and in most cases find that patients can be effectively treated, with significant pain reduction, without the need of an operation.  Dr Kraus and Dr Oishi have extensive experience taking care of patients who have been in automobile injuries, truck injuries, or suffered other types of motor vehicle injuries.

Physical therapy in combination with anti-inflammatories and rest may significantly reduce the back pain associated with a herniated disc. A licensed medical professional will, through a specialized regimen of physical therapy, show patients new techniques that minimize the possibility of re-injury. In particular, torsional or lateral movement while lifting should be minimized, as these methods can significantly raise pressure within the spinal column, leading to an increased likelihood of a herniated disc.

For seriously herniated discs, surgical procedures may be necessary. Spinal fusion, a procedure in which the vertebrae are fused together, can eliminate the pain caused by worn intervertebral discs. Artificial discs are also an option—these discs can now match a natural disc in durability. Surgery should be considered only as a last resort, however. The costliness and lengthy rehabilitation periods during post-operative care for most spinal surgeries mean that physicians typically recommend surgery only after physical therapy, healthy dieting, exercise, and weight management have failed to improve a patient’s quality of life or lower levels of back pain.

The Kraus Back and Neck Institute in Houston, TX, treats and will review patients from Houston, Katy, Inner Loop, Memorial City, Galleria, the Woodlands, Sugar Land, Humble and Spring.  Many patients may have been in automobile injuries or truck injuries.  Patients are welcome to call the Kraus Back and Neck Institute.  No films or other studies are needed.  Appropriate imaging studies and other tests may be ordered if indicated and needed.

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Disc Degeneration

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Between each vertebra of the spinal column there is a semi-flexible disc that acts as a shock absorber for the body. The intervertebral discs help in load-bearing work, as well as any activity requiring movement or flexion of the spine. Over time, these discs naturally degrade (disc degeneration), but injuries, poor diet, weight gain, repetitive stress, or structural deformities can all accelerate the degenerative process. Sufficient trauma may cause the disc to rupture—a serious condition that can cause the two surrounding vertebrae to compress spinal nerves, causing extreme pain and possible muscle weakness and loss of sensation.  Expert doctors / neurosurgeons / spine surgeons at the Kraus Back and Neck Institute in Houston, TX have a vast amount of experience in treating patients with pain related to disc degeneration, degenerative disc disease , neck pain, low back pain, and sciatica.

If the progression of disc degeneration is significantly faster than normal, the patient may have a structural deformity that is contributing to the problem. A thorough medical exam is advised, during which the attending physician may advise several imaging tests to accurately diagnose the cause of the accelerated degeneration. Typically, the most advanced degeneration occurs in the lumbar and sacral regions of the spine (low on the spinal column), due to the constant load-bearing stress placed on these intervertebral discs in the standing and sitting positions.  Dr. Gary Kraus and Dr. Masaki Oishi, neurosurgeons at the Kraus Back and Neck Institute in Houston, find that most patients suffering from herniated disc of the lumbar spine and cervical spine, can be treated without the need for an operation.  Very often, the pain of the low back or neck pain, and any associated radicular symptoms such as sciatica, often improve without surgical treatment.

Patients who are extremely active in sports or manual labor may find that drastic changes to their daily lifestyle are necessary. A regimen of physical therapy will offer instruction in new lifting techniques, as well as core strengthening exercises that will help develop the muscles of the torso. As core strengthening improves, the network of muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the torso will begin to relieve some of the load-bearing stress from the spine.

More severe cases of disc degeneration may necessitate surgical procedures. Modern advancements in medical technology have improved the artificial disc to the point that it can mimic a natural disc both in function and durability. Other surgical procedures—such as spinal fusion—may be used in severe cases of disc degeneration to reduce the possibility of compressed spinal nerves. Many of these procedures are quite costly and have lengthy rehabilitation periods, however, so they are often advised only when absolutely necessary to improve the quality of a patient’s daily life.

Patients in Houston, as well as other parts of Texas and the United States, are welcome to contact the Kraus Back and Neck Institute, for treatment of their degenerative disc disease, or any other low back pain, neck pain, or sciatica.

The Kraus Back and Neck Institute is very convenient to, and routinely treats patients in Houston, Katy, Memorial, Westchase, Inner Loop, Galleria, the Woodlands, Sugar Land, Conroe, Beaumont, Tomball, and Galveston.

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Sciatica : Treatment in Houston

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      Sciatica Treatment in Houston

 

Put simply, sciatica is nerve pain in one or both of the legs. More specifically, sciatica is the term given to pain caused when one of the spinal nerves which are responsible for sensation in the legs is compressed. Compressed spinal nerves may have several different root causes, including: herniated (slipped) disks, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, or Piriformis syndrome. Since the causes can vary widely in seriousness, thorough medical consultation is advised to avoid misdiagnosis. It is crucial to discover the root cause of the nerve compression, since spinal nerves do not regenerate if sufficiently traumatized.  The Kraus Back and Neck Institute in Houston, TX treats a very large number of patients suffering from sciatica, low back pain, leg pain, neck pain and upper extremity pain.  Sciatica can be very effectively treated.

Normally, a complete physical exam will be enough to accurately diagnose sciatica. If a physician suspects alternate causes for nerve compression—such as a possible spinal fracture—imaging tests may be authorized. These can include X-rays to observe the integrity of the vertebrae, as well as magnetic resonance imaging tests to build images of the spine and surrounding tissues. Based on the results of the exam and the battery of imaging tests, physicians can formulate a diagnosis based on the severity of the compressed nerve.

Once sciatica has been diagnosed, there are several different possible courses of treatment depending on the severity of the nerve compression. Anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen can help to reduce swelling around the damaged nerves. Once swelling decreases, patients often report less pain and increases in mobility. Muscle relaxants also aid in swelling reduction. As for physical therapy, a licensed medical professional can match a regimen to each patient’s specific injury. Stretching, walking, and rest may be employed to ensure that swelling decreases. It is vital that patients keep up with their exercises to reduce recurrence of nerve compression. Healthy dieting and weight management are also effective means to prevent sciatica.

In rare cases, more serious measures may need to be taken. Surgery, spinal injections (most often a cortisone anti-inflammatory), and other spinal procedures may be considered as needed. If patients are not responding well to traditional physical therapy, consider seeking a specialist for further treatment.

For more information, follow up with the Kraus Back and Neck Institute in Houston TX, experts in treating sciatica for patients in the Houston and surrounding areas, as well as across the United States.

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Spinal Injury Rehabilitation

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     Spinal Injury Rehabilitation

 

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If injured sufficiently, the regenerative capacity of the spinal cord—at least, on its own—is not nearly as great as other parts of the body. Trauma—from automobile accidents, sports injuries, or falls—can damage the nerves responsible for movement in parts of the body. Depending on where the spinal cord is injured, patients may experience paralysis of digits or limbs.

Fortunately, there are many options available for physical rehabilitation. Intense physical therapy from a licensed medical professional can help prevent further loss of mobility. Though the aftermath of a spinal cord injury may be terrible, patients who commit to their physical therapy regiments show demonstrably better mobility over patients who avoid the trials of physical rehabilitation.

New advances in medical technology—particularly techniques employing stem cells—offer patients, physicians, and medical researchers alike hope that even severe spinal cord injuries may someday be completely rehabilitated. Normally, the spinal cord lacks the ability to generate new specialized cells. Stem cells, on the other hand, are human developmental cells found in the umbilical cord that have yet to specialize to perform a specific function within the body. Researchers hope to reliably produce stem cells that can then become specialized cells within the spinal cord, restoring function, sensation, and patient mobility.

Apart from physical rehabilitation, there are also many emotional support networks in place, mainly classified by the extent of the patient’s injury. Physical therapy may help to preserve mobility, but patients and their families often struggle to come to terms with their new lifestyles. Support networks provide emotional therapy as well as an outlet for personal grief. Counseling can also provide families with information on how to adjust their homes and daily routines to better accommodate patients with spinal cord injuries.

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Spinal Muscular Atrophy

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Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a serious genetic condition in which the function of motor neurons is compromised, severely limiting a patient’s ability to move voluntary muscles. Normally, motor neurons act as communication devices, enabling voluntary muscles—such as the ones in a person’s legs, arms, stomach, and throat—to move. In a patient with spinal muscular atrophy, these motor neurons are attacked and begin to die off. Though SMA can be genetically inherited, there are many different types of the disease and symptoms can vary widely. Some children may have their breathing affected and have a very short life expectancy, while others may live a relatively normal life. If a patient’s spinal muscular atrophy affects their breathing, treatment becomes more difficult and the patient is overall significantly less likely to survive. SMA’s main classifications are focused on when a patient’s symptoms appear as well as how severely they affect daily life. Acute infantile and chronic infantile spinal muscular atrophy are usually the most serious, as muscles never get a chance to develop properly before motor neurons begin to die. Physicians are also unable to communicate properly with very young patients, making adjustments in the course of treatment much more difficult. Other major classifications include chronic juvenile SMA and adult onset SMA. Generally, the severity of SMA’s symptoms worsens the earlier it manifests in the developmental cycle. At this point, a cure for spinal muscular atrophy is beyond the reaches of medical science. Genetic counseling may prevent a possible solution, given that SMA is normally inherited through a recessive gene from the mother and father both. Though a cure for manifested SMA is currently not possible, there is a wide support network available for both patients and families. Specialized physical therapy regimens, training in first aid, and emotional therapy support groups all exist to help families overcome the difficulties of SMA patients’ daily lives. The physical therapy regimens are especially important, as they help patients maintain control and development of the muscles they are still able to use.

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Reducing Back Pain

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           Reducing Back Pain

 

 

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Most often, low back pain is a product of one of the following scenarios: 1) improper lifting technique, which may tear muscle tissue or even herniate (displace) the intervertebral disk, 2) overuse or hypermobility, referring to intense labor or repetitive movement that puts increased wear on spinal disks and joints, or 3) low activity or hypomobility, which can lead to weight gain, as well as reducing the flow of nutrients to muscles and disks in the back.

Fortunately, physical therapy, rest, healthy dieting, and regular exercise can often have a long-term positive impact on low back pain levels. Those with acute or chronic back pain may be tempted to resist physical activity, but an approved regimen of physical therapy by a licensed physical therapist depends on regular implementation to be effective. Patients who opt out of the physical rehabilitation process may actually lose mobility as a result.

Core strengthening exercises play a fundamental role in most physical rehabilitation plans. The torso and spinal column are home to many different tendons, muscles, and ligaments that help support the weight of the body and provide stability during routine movement. All of these tissues work in tandem with the spinal column to participate in all load-bearing activities—running, walking, standing, and sitting among them. If core strengthening exercises are omitted from a patient’s physical rehabilitation regimen, the spinal column bears more weight than it otherwise would and low back pain is more likely to recur.

Patients with chronic back pain are advised to seek thorough medical consultation, given that their pain may be resulting from structural problems, deformities, or other abnormalities within the spinal column. Imaging techniques such as the X-ray, CT scan, and magnetic resonance imaging can reveal the integrity of the spinal column as well as allow physicians to design a more effective physical therapy regimen.

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Spinal Acupuncture (Houston, Woodlands, Sugarland, Katy, Humble, Kingwood)

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       Spinal Acupuncture

 

 

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While spinal acupuncture is not a typical option for treating neck and back pain, there are many patients who will testify to its beneficial effects. While the end results can vary widely depending on the severity of the patient’s back pain, Western physicians generally agree that spinal acupuncture is capable of stimulating a patient’s central nervous system. Patients may experience low back pain, neck pain, herniated dics, spinal stenosis, as well as sciatica.  They may have suffered injury to the spine.  A series of FDA-approved needles—different gauges are used at the physician’s discretion—are inserted to varying depths and at varying locations depending on the patient’s condition. The needles are extremely thin, usually around twenty times thinner than most hypodermic needles used in typical procedures. Many patients may not consider spinal acupuncture due to a fear of these needles, but acupuncture needles are also solid, which means that they do not remove tissue, whereas a hypodermic needle does. A thin, solid acupuncture needle, then, typically causes less pain than a hypodermic needle of equivalent size.

At the Kraus Back and Neck Institute, Dr. Kraus and Dr. Oishi are extremely experienced at treating spinal injuries with conservative as well as surgical measures.  There is a significant role for many types of conservative treatments, including the role of acupuncture in the treatment of spinal disorders and pain.  The Kraus Back and Neck Institute treats patients from Houston and the surrounding areas, including Tomball, Katy, Memorial City, Spring, the Woodlands, Humble, Atascocita, Conroe, Kingwood, Galleria, the inner loop area, River Oaks, Sugar Land, Pearland, Galveston, Beaumont and Port Arthur,  and other cities in Texas including Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth and San Antonio.

Spinal acupuncture patients most often report tingling sensations around the spine, an increase in sensation that can be the result of increased blood flow. This blood flow can offer relief for patients diagnosed with hypomobility (low mobility) of the spinal joints, as it brings oxygen and nutrition to the affected areas, especially when employed in conjunction with a regimen of physical therapy. It should also be noted that spinal acupuncture seems to be at least partially dependent on patient psychology—meaning that its effectiveness may be increased (or decreased) by the way the patient chooses to engage mentally with the treatment.

In some medical circles, acupuncture is also thought to stimulate the release of endorphins, which are the body’s naturally manufactured means of reducing pain. Though it may be tempting for patients to rely solely on the endorphins released during acupuncture sessions, other medical consultation is strongly advised. A regimen of physical therapy, healthy dieting, and proper weight management can all do their part in reducing low back pain over the long term.

For more information about conservative care of the spine, for the treatment of low back pain, neck pain, herniated disc in the low back or neck, sciatics, degenerative disc disease as well as spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis, contact the Kraus Back and Neck Institute, in Houston TX.  Call 281-713-6296 to schedule an appointment.

The Kraus Back and Neck Institute treats patients from Houston and the surrounding areas of the Woodlands, Spring, Kingwood, Sugarland and Humble.  They also treat patients from Austin, Dallas, Ft Worth and San Antonio, among other cities in Texas.  They see patients who have not had any imaging studies, and will order the appropriate testing.

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Physical Therapy For The Spine

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         Physical Therapy for the Spine / Houston

 

 

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What is even more alarming is that many people believe that once low back pain manifests, back surgery is the only option capable of addressing the problem. Fortunately, physical therapy can often have extremely beneficial effects, including reducing or eliminating pain and restoring function and flexibility.

Methods used in physical therapy for the spine can vary widely depending on the patient’s condition and level of pain. Thorough medical consultation is advised to prevent misdiagnosis, as physical therapy for the wrong condition may not alleviate (and actually may worsen) the patient’s problems. Once a course of physical therapy has been prescribed, several subsequent visits may be necessary to ascertain a patient’s progress against an established recovery plan.

Physical therapy for the spine often includes multiple components to maximize the chances of reducing back pain over the long term. First, a licensed physical therapist instructs a patient in how movement, lifting, and exercise will be different as a result of the patient’s condition. Once a patient has appropriated these new motions, the physical therapist then implements a regimen of specific exercises catered to the patient’s condition. Common exercises often include light aerobics and core strengthening exercises, which increase the load-bearing capability of muscles, ligaments, and tendons around the spine. The load on the spinal column is subsequently reduced. Core strengthening is especially important, as it can contribute to improved performance in all athletic activities.

Other physical therapy options may include ice packs (which can reduce inflammation and sensation) and heating pads (which increase surface circulation). Exercises that minimize joint impact while simultaneously promoting circulation and flexibility—such as yoga or Tai Chi—are emphasized. Healthy dieting, nutritional supplements, and proper weight management are all also essential components of a successful physical therapy regimen. Proper nutrition will aid in muscle development, while weight management will minimize the incidence of low back pain as well as the possibility of recurrent structural problems.

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Lumbar Vertebrae and You

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The lumbar vertebrae are the lowest five bones of the spine, designated as L1-L5. These bones are significantly larger than other vertebrae in the spinal column, as well as differing substantially in shape. The lowest part of the spinal column is also responsible for bearing much of the body’s weight in the sitting and standing positions. This means that the intervertebral disks—pads in between each vertebra that help the body absorb the shock of repetitive movement—are the most prone to injury in the lumbar spine. Though the lower part of the spinal column is designed for both power and flexibility, there are sundry ways in which its function can become impaired.
Many of these lumbar spine-related problems are the result of injury, such as repetitive load-bearing stress sustained during manual labor. Other common causes include excessive weight, which can in turn cause herniated disks in the spinal column. When evaluating lower back pain, patients are advised to monitor closely any pain that seems to travel or “shoot” down the legs or arms. This can be a sign of compressed spinal nerves, caused when the disk provides insufficient protection against the stress and the vertebrae press down upon the spinal nerves. Due to the lumbar vertebrae’s location and role in load-bearing activities, an injury can be especially painful and debilitating. Patients are advised to seek medical consultation in order to better evaluate possible courses of action.
Should the integrity of the lumbar spinal column be compromised, physical rehabilitation will often form an essential component of a patient’s recovery. Physical therapy will include core-strengthening exercises to boost the spine’s support network of muscles, ligaments, and tendons. A stronger core translates into less load-bearing for the lumbar spine, which can reduce the possibility of future injury as well as aid in reducing a patient’s back pain. More serious injuries—such as severe trauma or structural deformities—may necessitate spinal surgery. If physical therapy, core strengthening, and weight management have proven ineffective, spinal specialists can help in determining what surgical procedures may alleviate the problem.

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