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What to Expect from Revision Spine Surgery

There is nothing a patient who’s undergone spine surgery wants to hear less than “you need a revision”.  After having gone through the original surgery, they’re told that something has gone wrong.   When this happens, you’ve had “failed back surgery” and may require a revision. The failure can be attributed to many factors but often,…

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Pinched Nerve in the Neck? Get Help Today!

A pain in the neck can sometimes mean a pinched nerve.  But how the heck does that happen and why?  Let’s look at the condition and get some answers, then get you some help! Cervical Radiculopathy A pinched nerve in the neck is referred to in medical terms as “cervical radiculopathy”.  When a nerve is…

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Why do I Need Spine Surgery Again?

You’ve had your spine surgery. But you’re still in pain.  You had anticipated that surgery with great hope and now that it’s done, you’re disappointed and following a consultation with your spinal surgeon, you’re looking at yet another surgery.  Or maybe you’re reading this, looking for answers about the persistent post-surgical pain you’re in. If…

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Don’t let Spring Yard Work Become a Pain in the Back

Ah, Spring!  It’s time to get out there and start digging in the dirt, right? But before you do, we’d like you to take a moment to read this post, outlining some ways to protect your back while you’re out there digging. Don’t let spring yard work become a pain in the back.  Instead, follow…

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How Spinal Cord Stimulator Systems Work

Pain messages from the rest of the body are forwarded urgently to the brain.  How spinal cord stimulator systems work is by blocking those urgent messages.  SCS is an ideal pain management strategy for those with chronic pain and for those who’ve experienced a failed back surgery.  It may also be used for other types…

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Randall F. Dryer, MD, FACS is Meritoriously Named a “Patient Preferred Spine Surgeon” for the State of Texas!

For his dedication and excellence in patient care, Patient Preferred Physicians and Practitioners proudly named Dr. Randall F. Dryer, MD, FACS a Patient Preferred Physician representing Orthopedic & Spine Surgery for the state of Texas. With nearly four decades of achievement in a specialty, Dr. Dryer treats patients at the Central Texas Spine Institute in…

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Common Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease

The upper vertebrae (cervical – in the neck) and lower vertebrae (lumbar – lower back) are the portions of your spine most subject to injury and deterioration. And it’s in these portions of your spine that you’re most likely to encounter degenerative disc disease. Not truly a “disease”, degenerative disc disease describes the natural process…

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Is Your Mattress Worsening Your Back or Neck Pain?

If you’ve been experiencing spine pain in the back or neck, how much consideration have you given to the state of your mattress? Do you even know how long you’ve been sleeping on it?  If you don’t (because you’ve been sleeping on it for so long you can’t remember when you first purchased it), then…

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When is Spine Surgery the Next Right Step?

Chronic back pain plagues so many of us.  It’s a leading public health concern, having a major impact on US productivity.  Many chronic back pain sufferers try every possible cure under the sun, from physical therapy to core exercises, acupuncture and myriad other therapies.  Some are effective.  Others?  Not so much. Chronic pain of any…

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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery for Scoliosis

People everywhere are talking to their doctors about minimally invasive surgery, especially with respect to the spine. This style of intervention offers patients many benefits.  Because of the small incision size, there’s a much lower potential for infection, for one.  For another, the patient experiences significantly reduced surgical trauma.  Hospital stays are reduced and recovery…

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