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MY BACK HURTS, SHOULD I SEE A DOCTOR?

Here are a few questions that you should ask yourself when you are deciding whether or not you need to look for an orthopedic spine surgeon in Plano.

Aug 23rd, 2019
WHAT IS A LAMINECTOMY?

There are many problems that happen in the spine and the back. Many people suffer every day because of these problems.

May 14th, 2019
WHAT IS SACROILIAC JOINT PAIN?

Though sometimes overlooked, the body’s sacroiliac joint plays an important role in a person’s comfort and mobility.

Feb 13th, 2019
WHAT IS CERVICAL RADICULOPATHY?

Sometimes called a pinched nerve, cervical radiculopathy occurs when a nerve in your neck is either compressed or becomes irritated.

Feb 6th, 2019
CHRISTMAS COPS

Christmas Cops is a program created and operated by the Plano Police employees and their families to assist Plano families in need during the Christmas Season.

Nov 6th, 2018
WHAT IS A MICRO ENDOSCOPIC DISCECTOMY?

Blunt force or any other form of trauma may cause your spine to rupture. Notably, the herniated disc on your lower back will press on the nerve root and cause tremendous pain. A specialist will recommend micro endoscopic discectomy for treatment.

Jul 13th, 2018
WHAT IS A MEDIAL BRANCH BLOCK?

A medial branch block is a procedure used to inject a local anesthetic near the nerves connected to facet joints of the spine.

Jun 26th, 2018
WHAT IS LUMBAR RADICULOPATHY (SCIATICA)?

Lumbar radiculopathy simply means a radiating pain caused by the irritation of a nerve. Lumbar means that it originates in your lower back, shoots down through your buttocks, down the back of your leg and even as far down as your foot.

Jun 20th, 2018
WHAT IS SPONDYLOSIS?

The term spondylosis is used to describe any manner of spinal degeneration, and is more of a descriptive term than an actual diagnosis or condition.

May 30th, 2018
WHAT IS A HERNIATED DISC?

What we call a herniated disc refers to a disk between the vertebrae that make up your spine. Also called a ruptured or slipped disk, herniated discs occur when the gelatinous insides ooze out of the exterior.

May 14th, 2018
WHAT IS CERVICAL FACET SYNDROME?

Cervical facet syndrome is a type of osteoarthritis that occurs when the structure of one or more of the vertebral facet joints begins to deteriorate.

Apr 30th, 2018
WHAT IS DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE?

At Advanced Spine Center, Dr. Stephen Courtney and his skilled team are specialists in treating degenerative disc disease with our state-of-the-art approaches, including both nonsurgical and surgical options to relieve pain and associated symptoms.

Mar 28th, 2018
WHAT IS SPINAL STENOSIS?

If you’ve been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, you’re likely wondering exactly what causes this spine condition and the treatment options available to you.

Jan 16th, 2018
WHEN TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT BACK PAIN.

Most everyone experiences back pain – and in most cases it resolves itself within a few weeks with the aid of rest, applying cold or heat, and perhaps an over-the-counter ibuprofen. However, there are times when back pain should be reason for concern and a

Dec 28th, 2017
WHAT IS A CERVICAL PLATE AND CAGE?

When undergoing spine surgery, you want a physician who is experienced and highly trained in the most state-of-the-art techniques to help ensure a positive outcome for years to come.

Dec 1st, 2017
HOW TO CHOOSE AN ORTHOPEDIC SPINE SURGEON

When considering spine surgery, it’s essential for every patient to do their due diligence in selecting the most qualified and experienced spine surgeon in their area.

Nov 16th, 2017
THE ROAD TO RECOVERY AFTER SPINE SURGERY

The single most important person in the process of spine surgery is you, the patient.  Well-informed patients are more successful in following through on their rehabilitation and have better outcomes.

Oct 12th, 2017
WHAT IS THE ACF TECHNIQUE?

If you’re suffering from disc herniation or degeneration in the upper part of your spine (known as the cervical area), an Anterior Cervical Fusion (ACF) may be recommended.

Sep 28th, 2017
JOHN R. - FRISCO

My name is John R and I’m a certified surgical technologist. I’ve worked with dr Courtney for the past few months at Baylor Frisco.

Jul 20th, 2017
BACK SURGERY

As we age, many of us begin to experience back pain. Studies show that 80% of all Americans will experience back pain at least once in their lives.

Jul 14th, 2017