July 19th, 2017
PINCHED NERVE / CERVICAL RADICULOPATHY When a nerve root leaves the spinal cord and the cervical spine, it travels down into the arm. Along the way, each nerve supplies sensation (feeling) to a part of the skin of the shoulder and arm and supplies electrical signals to certain muscles to move part of the arm or hand. When a nerve is irritated or pinched – by either a bone spur or part of the intervertebral disc – it causes the nerve to not work properly. This shows up as: weakness in the muscles the nerve goes to, numbness in the skin where the nerve goes, or pain in the area where the nerve travels. This condition is called cervical radiculopathy. CERVICAL SPINE (NECK) The cervical spine is made up of the first seven vertebrae in the spine. It starts just […]
July 11th, 2017
NECK PAIN AND SYMPTOMS CAUSED BY A CERVICAL (NECK) SPINE DISORDER ARE A VERY COMMON PROBLEM FOR MANY ADULT AMERICANS. The cervical spine is composed of many different anatomic structures, including muscles, bones, ligaments, and joints. Each of these structures has nerve endings that can detect painful problems when they occur. The different parts of the cervical spine are normally well balanced and able to handle all of the movements, stresses, and strains of the body gracefully. However, when the different parts of the cervical spine are injured or start to wear out, your neck can be a significant source of pain and discomfort. Studies show that approximately fifty percent of the population has evidence of degenerative changes in their cervical spine by the age of fifty. These changes happen because the discs that act as shock absorbers between the […]
June 15th, 2017
Dr. John Peloza performs 1st cervical decompressions in the US with Carevature Medical technology Dr. Peloza also utilizes this technology for lumbar procedures TEL AVIV, Israel, June 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Carevature Medical Ltd., developer of advanced orthopedic surgery solutions, announced today the first cervical decompression cases using its proprietary Dreal™ system in the US. The procedures were performed by Dr. John Peloza of the Center for Spine Care, Dallas, TX. Dr. Peloza, a world-renowned orthopedic surgeon specializing in advanced minimally invasive spine technologies, has been using the Dreal™ system continuously since late 2016. Dr. Peloza has successfully performed over 40 lumbar procedures at the Baylor Scott and White Medical Center, Frisco, TX, before employing the Dreal™ system in cervical spinal decompression for the first time in the US. The cervical cases included posterior decompressions, in which Dr. Peloza […]
April 27th, 2017
John Peloza, M.D., performs first U.S. Simplify two-level cervical artificial disc replacement Simplify Medical, Inc., maker of the Simplify® cervical artificial disc, today announced that the first patient has been treated in the device’s pivotal clinical trial studying its use in two adjacent levels of the spine as a treatment for cervical degenerative disc disease. The Simplify Disc is designed to be clearly viewed on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) without the artifact that can result from metal used in typical spine implants, potentially protecting patients from radiation associated with computed tomography (CT) scans. Following the first case at Texas Back Institute, Simplify Disc IDE study investigator John Peloza, MD said, “Disc implantation went smoothly and the patient is doing quite well.” Dr. Peloza, medical director of the Center for Spine Care, continued, “I look forward to studying the use of […]
March 30th, 2017
Written by Center for Spine Care Spring is here which means for many it is time to start getting into shape for golf season. While low-impact, golf is physically demanding on the spine and musculoskeletal system and injuries are actually quite common. With more experienced golfers, injuries tend to occur from overuse while less experienced golfers are prone to more acute injuries due to poor form and improper training. In order to stay healthy and enjoy the golf season, it is imperative to train properly with core strengthening and proper mechanics. Low back pain is extremely common in golfers as the aging spine with decreased flexibility is subject to tremendous rotational and compressive loads. This may lead to muscle strains, disc disruption, stress fractures and joint inflammation. On top of all of this, many swing techniques involve rotating the spine beyond […]
August 4th, 2016
John Peloza, M.D., of the Center for Spine Care is a national expert and pioneer of many technologies and treatments for back and neck pain. One of the earliest treatments he was on the forefront of is the micro-endoscopic discectomy. The technique uses tiny incisions, and very small endoscopes so that patients recover much quickly than traditional surgery. This Fox 4 News story from a few years ago features an interview with Dr. Peloza and a patient who underwent a microdiscectomy: For more information on how Dr. John Peloza can help you or a loved one with back or neck pain, give us a call at 214-378-7200 or fill out a consult form at the Center for Spine Care. An early pioneer in minimally-invasive spine treatments, John Peloza, M.D., founder of the Center for Spine Care, is an industry leader, who has been developing […]
July 22nd, 2016
By John Peloza, M.D./Founder & Medical Director of the Center for Spine Care Editor’s note: Dr. John Peloza is not the treating physician for Texas Rangers baseball player Prince Fielder. This article is based on his clinical experience. Neck pain and arm pain are common clinical problems in the U.S. and around the world. Fortunately, there are effective treatments for the conditions that cause these symptoms. The most common diagnosis for these complaints are herniated cervical discs, cervical stenosis, and degenerative disc disease. Cervical fusion has always been the standard of care until the development of the artificial disc replacement. We now have long term outcome data comparing the two alternative treatments. There are several Level I and II evidence-based medicine studies and meta-analyses of the literature comparing disc replacement versus fusion. In early follow up (two years or […]
January 20th, 2016
Becker’s Spine Review, one of the leading industry news resources for consumers, healthcare leaders and physicians, has named John Peloza, M.D. to its coveted “Spine Surgeons to Know – 2016” list. Dr. Peloza is no stranger to the Becker’s list, including being named one of the Top 50 Spine Surgeons in the U.S. Dr. Peloza heads up the Premier Stem Cell Institute’s recently opened Texas clinic.
August 20th, 2013
Written by Michael J. Musacchio, Jr., M.D. A widely held belief is that wearing high heels causes back pain. This thought process has become so widespread that it is simply taken as fact. However, this may not necessarily be true. The theory behind high heels causing back pain relies on the thought that wearing them causes strain in the thighs and hip flexors which forces an increased curve in the spine, and this increased curvature of the spine causes back pain. Having never worn high heels, I cannot say for whether or not this is true; but, from what I’ve read and experienced with my patients, I’m not so certain that this is correct. As a matter of fact, I’ve had several patients with back pain and pinched nerves tell me that specifically wearing high heels has helped relieve […]
August 13th, 2013
Dr. John Peloza was on WFAA-TV’s “Good Morning Texas” discussing minimally invasive, innovative treatments for back and neck pain. Watch his interview and feel free to share! . To learn more about Center for Spine Care, visit our website!
Center for Spine Care offers stem cell therapy as a conservative treatment to promote natural healing for back or neck pain. Utilizing mesenchymal stem cells, this new method is used to treat patients with neck and back pain caused from degenerative disc disease.