Q: How is Texas Back Institute different from other spine care clinics in the area?
A: From the beginning, our goal has been to become a center of excellence, integrating the best of science and education with the best business practices. We are one of the largest freestanding multidisciplinary academic spine centers in the world. Our doctors are involved in the latest technological advancements and medical breakthroughs, taking the lead and participating in numerous FDA trials, and training new spine surgeons through our fellowship program. But most importantly, we are dedicated to getting our patients back to life.
Q: How can I make an appointment to see a Texas Back Institute physician?
A: If you’d like to schedule a new patient appointment, please call Texas Back Institute at 972-608-5000 or 800-247-BACK (2225). Our scheduling coordinator will match you and your specific need with the appropriate facility/physician. Once an appointment has been scheduled, you can print the new patient forms from our website or have them emailed to you.
Q: What can I expect on my first appointment?
A: On the day of your appointment, you will need to arrive with the new patient forms completed, and any films and reports from previous doctors. A chart will then be created and you’ll meet with your new doctor. The Texas Back Institute physician will get your history, do the examination and review the prior x-rays and reports. It may be necessary to order new testing on this day or in the near future. Once all testing has been done and information has been gathered, the physician can then give a diagnosis and treatment options.
Q: What types of medical specialists can I expect to see at Texas Back Institute?
A: The Texas Back Institute medical team comprises board-certified orthopedic spine surgeons, medical physicians, internists, physiatrists, pain specialists, exercise physiologists and a team of physical therapists who are dedicated to helping patients get back to life.
Q: Is there a Texas Back Institute clinic location close to my home or office?
A: Texas Back Institute has locations throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. To learn more about each of our clinics please visit our clinics page. When you call to schedule an appointment, we will match you and your specific need with the appropriate facility and physician.
Q: What questions I should ask my surgeon?
Q: I've heard a lot about artificial discs. Who can be treated with these?
A: Total disc replacements (TDR) or artificial disc replacements (ADR) are designed for the treatment of disabling back pain from disc degeneration in either the neck or low back. They provide pain relief…
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Q: What is minimally invasive spine surgery?
A: A new concept has evolved through the years called minimally invasive surgery. The idea is to accomplish the same treatment goal as with traditional surgery, but to do so with much less trauma to…
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Q: When should I see a spine surgeon?
Primary care physicians refer to us when they can no longer control the back pain or neck pain and the patient is not improving. Some self-refer to Texas Back Institute in Plano, TX for their back pain treatment based on our reputation or personal/family recommendation...
Q: I have off-and-on episodes of back pain, sometimes mild and sometimes pretty bad. I've put off seeing a doctor because I'm not sure what to expect and I don't want to have surgery. What are my other options? Are there non-surgical options?
A: Contrary to common belief, very few back pain patients go on to have back or spine surgery – in fact, only a small percent need to have an operation. Generally, a Texas Back Institute doctor will examine you…
Q: I've seen a lot of research studies listed on the Web. I've had back pain for about four years and nothing's really helped. What do I have to do to get into a research study?
A: There are many different types of research studies under way for the treatment of back pain. If you are interested in participating in a trial, you should ask your current spine doctor about trials they are…
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Q: I have a mild, annoying pain in my neck that comes and goes with activities or sitting at my computer for long periods of time. Is there anything I can do to keep this from happening or getting worse?
A: Your problem may be caused by many things. There are some simple things to try that may help. Check the arrangement of your desk. The screen should be at eye level. You should have the keyboard and…
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Q: How should I decide if surgery is right for me?
A: It depends on your diagnosis. For some conditions, such as infections or fractures, surgery may be the only treatment option. For most other conditions, like herniated discs or sciatica, conservative care treatment, including medications and physical therapy, is the first treatment option...