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Cheerleading, Gymnastics & Back Pain

March 14th, 2012

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Cheerleading, Gymnastics & Back Pain

Written by Michael J. Musacchio, Jr., M.D. Cheerleading and gymnastics are exceptionally physically demanding sports for young athletes and can actually be quite dangerous. Injuries are very common as the body is subject to forces and loads that are far beyond normal physiologic stress. On top of this, athletes are constantly pushing the limits with their tricks and stunts and the risk level is ever increasing. Cheerleading and gymnastics require a strong core, proper mechanics and teamwork to mitigate risk and attempt to limit injuries to the spine. Unfortunately, cheerleaders and gymnasts suffer injuries at an alarming rate. Many injuries are strains and sprains which may be short-lived and recoverable, but equally common are more concerning injuries that can cause serious acute and chronic damage to the spine. We commonly see these young athletes in our clinic for injuries ranging […]

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Dr. Musacchio on Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

January 19th, 2012

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Dr. Musacchio on Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Written by Michael J. Musacchio, Jr., M.D. . [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxRAhz0jWCw&w=560&h=315] Minimally invasive spine surgery (MIS) is best described as a method of performing spine surgery through small incisions with less muscle disruption, shorter recovery times, and with maximal preservation of normal spinal anatomy. While the term “MIS” is used very liberally these days, the MIS techniques really took off in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s with the introduction of tubular retractors and the use of endoscopes and microscopes. Through tubes the width of a finger, MIS surgeons can gain access to spinal pathology (i.e. disc herniations, bone spurs) while minimizing the cutting, stripping, and cauterization of muscles and ligaments which are vital to the preservation of spinal function and the prevention of future problems. I began my neurosurgical training in a residency program at Rush University in Chicago. The […]

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Dr. John Peloza Voted to Best Doctors in Dallas 2011

October 26th, 2011

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Dr. John Peloza Voted to Best Doctors in Dallas 2011

Congratulations to CSC’s Medical Director, John Peloza, M.D. for being selected once again to the prestigious D Magazine’s “Best Doctors in Dallas” list for 2011! Dr. Peloza has been continuously voted to the Best Doctors list since 2003. Best Doctors in Dallas is a peer-reviewed voting process. The 2011 list includes the top 699 physicians in 43 specialties. The list was just announced at a reception honoring the Best Doctors and is in the current issue of D Magazine. Doctors can not pay to be on the list. Here’s how it works according to D Magazine: Almost 8,000 letters were mailed to local doctors inviting them to vote in 43 categories with this question in mind: “Which Dallas doctors would you trust with the care of a loved one?”  Then D Magazine vetted each voter’s Texas medical license number to ensure […]

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Using Evidence Based Medicine to Treat Patients with Back or Neck Pain

September 22nd, 2011

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Using Evidence Based Medicine to Treat Patients with Back or Neck Pain

By Minimally-Invasive Spine Surgeon, John Peloza, M.D. NFL quarterback Peyton Manning may be out for this season after recent neck surgery. First, a disclaimer, I do not know Mr. Manning or the nature of his spinal condition and I have no role in his care. In his case, traditional treatment has not worked as well as intended; therefore, he sought an unapproved (by the FDA) non-traditional (stem cell) treatment outside the United States. His decision generated a media report and subsequent commentary by researchers regarding stem cell treatments and evidence based medicine. I would like to take this opportunity to discuss evidence based medicine (EBM) and its role in medical decision-making. In a later post, I will discuss the current literature regarding stem cells in spine care. Evidence based medicine is a scientifically validated methodology developed to help doctors and […]

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Peyton Manning and His Recent Neck Surgeries

September 9th, 2011

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Peyton Manning and His Recent Neck Surgeries

Written by Michael J. Musacchio, Jr., M.D. For those of us who follow professional football, a lot of attention has been directed to Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback Peyton Manning and his recent neck surgeries. While we at the Center for Spine Care are not at all involved in Peyton Manning’s surgery, we certainly have a lot of patients who suffer from similar neck conditions and think this is a great time to share some general thoughts on neck injuries and treatment options. Similar to the low back, the neck is subject to repetitive motion and trauma that lead to aging and wear and tear. The aging process may be accelerated in athletes or other activities that involve excessive physical strain. Wear and tear makes the spine and its components more susceptible to injury, and patients can develop significant neck pain or […]

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The Importance of Clinical Research/Evidence Based Medicine

August 31st, 2011

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The Importance of Clinical Research/Evidence Based Medicine

By Minimally-Invasive Spine Surgeon, John Peloza, M.D. As we navigate the future of the healthcare system in America, one thing is a constant. Patients want access to quality healthcare. In the business of spine care, where more than 80% of Americans will suffer from major back pain at some point in their lives, quality care is imperative. This means offering patients real solutions to their back problems and helping them make informed decisions. This is where the importance of clinical research and Evidence Based Medicine, or EBM comes in. EBM is what we practice at the Center for Spine Care and have for more than 15 years. EBM is a systematic approach using scientific methods to determine which treatments work best for specific conditions. There is a specific methodology to not only prove the treatment works or not, but also […]

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How to beat the heat and keep your back happy in the hot summer!

August 17th, 2011

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How to beat the heat and keep your back happy in the hot summer!

Written by Michael J. Musacchio, Jr., M.D. The recent heat wave in North Texas has made it difficult to get out and enjoy the usual summer activities we all look forward to doing. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it is letting up any time soon, so it is important to find activities to maintain an active, healthy spine despite the weather. Swimming is an excellent activity to keep the back muscles loose and get a cardio boost. Just wading around the pool is enough activity to make a difference, but you can really push it and get a whole aerobic routine that can rival any land-based workout. Plus, its a fun activity to do with the kids and definitely helps beat the heat. This is also a good time to join a gym or take a pilates or boxing class. […]

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July 27th, 2011

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How to Prevent Back Pain? Lose Weight: Advice from a Spine Specialist who has done it!

Written by Michael J. Musacchio, Jr., M.D. Obesity is one of the biggest public health issues impacting society, and spine-related conditions are particularly prevalent in overweight patients. The spine is responsible for the structural support of the body and is subject to tremendous loads and strain on a continuous basis. Excess weight and poor core strength lead to increase load and strain on the spine, and this ends up causing injury and pain. I like to use the analogy of a pickup truck. If you drive around all day with boulders in the back of your truck, the truck is going to break down quicker. Over and over, studies have shown that overweight patients have more back pain and degeneration, and when they lose weight their symptoms improve. Furthermore, it has also been shown that overweight patients are more likely […]

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John Peloza, M.D. selected as one of the 100 Best Spine Surgeons in America

July 13th, 2011

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John Peloza, M.D. selected as one of the 100 Best Spine Surgeons in America

Congratulations to the Center for Spine Care’s Medical Director, John Peloza, M.D. for once again being selected to the prestigious list of “100 of the Best Spine Surgeons & Specialists in America” by Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine Review. According to Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine Review:  “Physicians included on the list of 100 of the Best Spine Surgeons and Specialists in America are selected based on surveys, research and nominations. Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine Review endeavors to select spine surgeons and specialists who have committed themselves to the improvement of patient care, quality outcomes and/or clinical and academic developments in the field. All physicians who are placed on the list undergo a substantial review with other peers and through our own research. Physicians do not pay and cannot pay to be selected as a best physician.” Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine Review […]

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June 15th, 2011

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Back Pain: Types of Back Injuries & Helpful Tips to Prevent it

Written by Michael J. Musacchio, Jr., M.D. Nearly everyone will have back pain at some point in their lives. For most, it will only be occasional, and for others, it can be disruptive to everyday living. As a neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive treatments for the spine at Center for Spine Care, I see many patients with back pain that has developed as a result of one of the following type of injuries: Types of back injuries: Accidental Unexpected event triggers injury These accidents can jolt the spine Muscle strains or spine injury may result Non-Accidental Due to normal activities Prolonged or repetitive activities Slouching and poor body mechanics Fatigue There are several things a person can do to help prevent back pain from occurring or re-occurring: Back injury prevention tips: Lose weight, exercise, eat healthy Stop smoking Stretch daily […]

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Stem Cell
Therapy

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.